What are you cranking with?

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What are you cranking with?

Post by goldrod » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:22 pm

Specifically, DT10 and alike lures.





2, Anyone using an Antares 2012-2018 5.6:1 reel? Does the reel flex under load?
Im looking for a new cranking reel and I found one of these but I am not sure.

3, Anyone using a TD Zillion NON crazy cranker reel for crank baits that dive 8-15?

4, What is your smoothest ( subjective I know ) reel you use for cranking?
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:11 pm

I use a Calcutta Conquest 101 with braid on a St Croix legend tournament glass rod.

Its like the best of both worlds, braid for casting and crankbait depth with glass to keep my fish pinned :big grin:

Love it...

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by goldrod » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:41 pm

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:11 pm
I use a Calcutta Conquest 101 with braid on a St Croix legend tournament glass rod.

Its like the best of both worlds, braid for casting and crankbait depth with glass to keep my fish pinned :big grin:

Love it...
I have an old glass rod by st. Croix and think I should sell and upgrad to the newer one. Your setup with braid, what lb braid are you using ?
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by poisonokie » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:03 pm

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:11 pm
I use a Calcutta Conquest 101 with braid on a St Croix legend tournament glass rod.

Its like the best of both worlds, braid for casting and crankbait depth with glass to keep my fish pinned :big grin:

Love it...
Hear hear.

I have a few glass rods and they are money with braid. Actually, it seems I've been ghosted on selling a couple of them and it won't hurt my feelings at all if I'm stuck with those sticks in particular. They've been very good to me.

For the baits you're talking about, on the rare occasion that I use them, I use my deep cranking setup which is an 8' glass Zillion + Zillion TWS 6.3/HH Air HD's with 30# braid. Works great! I really want to try that new Zillion 1520L 5.5:1, but considering the frequency with which I'd get to use it I can't justify the cost. That has to be one of the best cranking reels around.
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:12 pm

goldrod wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:41 pm
BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:11 pm
I use a Calcutta Conquest 101 with braid on a St Croix legend tournament glass rod.

Its like the best of both worlds, braid for casting and crankbait depth with glass to keep my fish pinned :big grin:

Love it...
I have an old glass rod by st. Croix and think I should sell and upgrad to the newer one. Your setup with braid, what lb braid are you using ?
30lb vicious no-fade braid for the last two seasons, its still going strong but is starting to soak up to much water.
I might change to a 20lb braid.

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Revofisher » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:28 am

ive got a few st croix legend glass rods with bantams and they have been great. these new legend glass rods are definitely more senstitive than your older glass rods. I use to despise using glass rods but really dont mind these at all. I have the 7'2 medium- dt 6 and smaller balsa type flat baits, 7,4 med hvy - dt 10 and mid range cranks also great trap rod, 7'10" hvy - really good deep diver but not the super big cranks more of 6xd ish and cranks in that range, 7'2 hvy - chatterbaits and deep fishing larger lipless baits like lv 500. I would say the 7'4 med hvy is a good compromise of a wide variety of cranks among other baits if you ran braid and not fluro it would ge a great plopper rod as well.

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Winstondry » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:47 am

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by goldrod » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:04 pm

I had a surprise gifting of the 7’4”
I’m not a braided line guy for cranks but I like floro. Makes a lot of sense to me that deep cranking isn’t really a Florida thing but I wish I would have known that years ago. DT10’s are my top off cranks and I’d like to get better at them.
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:49 pm

goldrod wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Specifically, DT10 and alike lures.





2, Anyone using an Antares 2012-2018 5.6:1 reel? Does the reel flex under load?
Im looking for a new cranking reel and I found one of these but I am not sure.

3, Anyone using a TD Zillion NON crazy cranker reel for crank baits that dive 8-15?

4, What is your smoothest ( subjective I know ) reel you use for cranking?
I have been using a 12-18 Antares 5.6 for a couple of years. I REALLY like the reel. Casts far and is crazy smooth under load. No flex noticed, even with 35in pike. I use it on a St Croix 7'11H Legend Glass custom (extended). I use it with braid and it has been my go to crank setup. DT10 dont have a ton of pull but, even with bigger cranks, the reel is super smooth and not stressed at all. I should add that I have a 102mm handle on it (from Shimano Stile).

With a DT10, I can use the above setup or my Daiwa Fle-X-Lite with Alphas SV 7.2.
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by bronzebacks » Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:28 pm

Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:49 pm
goldrod wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Specifically, DT10 and alike lures.





2, Anyone using an Antares 2012-2018 5.6:1 reel? Does the reel flex under load?
Im looking for a new cranking reel and I found one of these but I am not sure.

3, Anyone using a TD Zillion NON crazy cranker reel for crank baits that dive 8-15?

4, What is your smoothest ( subjective I know ) reel you use for cranking?
I have been using a 12-18 Antares 5.6 for a couple of years. I REALLY like the reel. Casts far and is crazy smooth under load. No flex noticed, even with 35in pike. I use it on a St Croix 7'11H Legend Glass custom (extended). I use it with braid and it has been my go to crank setup. DT10 dont have a ton of pull but, even with bigger cranks, the reel is super smooth and not stressed at all. I should add that I have a 102mm handle on it (from Shimano Stile).

With a DT10, I can use the above setup or my Daiwa Fle-X-Lite with Alphas SV 7.2.
Where did you get the stile handle? I threw a 6xd all day on my alphas sv 7.2 and was surprised how well it preformed

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:54 pm

bronzebacks wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:28 pm
Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:49 pm
goldrod wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Specifically, DT10 and alike lures.





2, Anyone using an Antares 2012-2018 5.6:1 reel? Does the reel flex under load?
Im looking for a new cranking reel and I found one of these but I am not sure.

3, Anyone using a TD Zillion NON crazy cranker reel for crank baits that dive 8-15?

4, What is your smoothest ( subjective I know ) reel you use for cranking?
I have been using a 12-18 Antares 5.6 for a couple of years. I REALLY like the reel. Casts far and is crazy smooth under load. No flex noticed, even with 35in pike. I use it on a St Croix 7'11H Legend Glass custom (extended). I use it with braid and it has been my go to crank setup. DT10 dont have a ton of pull but, even with bigger cranks, the reel is super smooth and not stressed at all. I should add that I have a 102mm handle on it (from Shimano Stile).

With a DT10, I can use the above setup or my Daiwa Fle-X-Lite with Alphas SV 7.2.
Where did you get the stile handle? I threw a 6xd all day on my alphas sv 7.2 and was surprised how well it preformed
I got a Stile handle...from a Stile :lol:
I got the Stile XG for Texas Rigs. 8.1 Aldebaran with an even smaller frame thanks to the Core Fit body...Its a dream, other than the brakes
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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Hulkster » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:41 am

Winstondry wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:47 am
I have a couple of old school Calcutta 100DC 5.8:1 reels. I added the longer 200/250 handles to them...
super sexy reels. awesome.

what line is that? nice dark green colour to it as well. Big Game?

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Winstondry » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:00 am

Hulkster wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:41 am
Winstondry wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:47 am
I have a couple of old school Calcutta 100DC 5.8:1 reels. I added the longer 200/250 handles to them...
super sexy reels. awesome.

what line is that? nice dark green colour to it as well. Big Game?
Thanks! That’s Sunline Defier, IMHO, the best cranking line available.

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by Hulkster » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:24 am

Winstondry wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:00 am
Hulkster wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:41 am
Winstondry wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:47 am
I have a couple of old school Calcutta 100DC 5.8:1 reels. I added the longer 200/250 handles to them...
super sexy reels. awesome.

what line is that? nice dark green colour to it as well. Big Game?
Thanks! That’s Sunline Defier, IMHO, the best cranking line available.
nice!!

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Re: What are you cranking with?

Post by goldrod » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:10 pm

Winstondry wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:00 am
Hulkster wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:41 am
Winstondry wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:47 am
I have a couple of old school Calcutta 100DC 5.8:1 reels. I added the longer 200/250 handles to them...
super sexy reels. awesome.

what line is that? nice dark green colour to it as well. Big Game?
Thanks! That’s Sunline Defier, IMHO, the best cranking line available.

What line size? Considering the sales are starting I may pick up a trial spool.
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