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Old 03-31-12, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default st croix legend tournament small cranker?

Has anybody used this rod? thinking about getting it for shallow cranks and smaller 1/4-1/2 traps for mostly open water over rip rap. not a lot of weeds on the miss. where i fish. anybody have any on the water use with this rod?

it's the ltb 72 MM. they d/c the 7 MHM and went up to 7'8 MHM which i don't like length wise. is this rod really "whippy" or as it's a st croix, is it stiffer than most other Med action rods? thanks guys.
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Old 03-31-12, 03:29 PM   #2
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I am probably not one to talk, as I have spent a small fortune on St. Croix stuff, but a high end rod is overkill on reaction bait presentations. Will it work? Of course. But you could buy several "lesser" rods with the same money and kill two birds.
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Old 03-31-12, 03:44 PM   #3
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I am probably not one to talk, as I have spent a small fortune on St. Croix stuff, but a high end rod is overkill on reaction bait presentations. Will it work? Of course. But you could buy several "lesser" rods with the same money and kill two birds.
I agree completely.
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Old 03-31-12, 03:55 PM   #4
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I have to agree with NFE, you can save a little money by purchasing a "lesser grade" rod for reaction baits. If your budget allows, then go for it.. But if you have a tighter budget saving some money on rods used for reaction type baits will give you additional funds to put into really good rods for the slower presentaiton baits, like plastics & jigs.

I can say, while it isn't a St Croix (excellent rods) I do use a 7'2" MM rod for traps. I like that length, action and power for lures up to 5/8 oz. It, like the St. Croix, is a crankbait specific rod. My rod is not "whippy" as you might expect from a ML blank and you can toss a 1/2 oz trap a long way. I would suggest using a co-polymer or flurocarbon line though, so you can set hooks at a distance. If your budget allows, I think you would be very happy with the rod you're thinking about.

Both the Avid and Premier line offer crankbiat specific rods, and would save a few dollars. If it was me choosing between the two, I'd choose the Avid - I've used Avids and they are a very good rod in a mid-range price point. But like you, in reality, I'd probably be buying the LTB. I like the changes in that line for 2012 and if I was buying rods today - they would be my choice.

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Old 03-31-12, 05:49 PM   #5
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I use only st croix from legend tournaments to extremes. This new rod caught my eye and there isnt much info on it yet. Ive always used the ltb7'mhm for shallowcranks but am considering switching to mm. Long drive to hold the rod in person which is something i may have to do. It will only cost me shipping to upgrade the rods.
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While it's not the St Croix you're looking at, I have a custom 7' MM cranking rod that I use for light cranks (generally 1/4oz).

The 7' MM struggles with 1/2oz baits, but will work. I couldn't see using it for ripping lipless cranks out of grass, especially 1/2oz ones.

For heavier baits, I use a Dobyns 7'6" MH Glass cranking rod that works great for heavier cranks and ripping baits out of weeds. If you brand loyal to St. Croix, I"d give the 7' MHM or 7'8" MHM a try.

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Old 04-01-12, 04:50 PM   #7
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While it's not the St Croix you're looking at, I have a custom 7' MM cranking rod that I use for light cranks (generally 1/4oz).

The 7' MM struggles with 1/2oz baits, but will work. I couldn't see using it for ripping lipless cranks out of grass, especially 1/2oz ones.

For heavier baits, I use a Dobyns 7'6" MH Glass cranking rod that works great for heavier cranks and ripping baits out of weeds. If you brand loyal to St. Croix, I"d give the 7' MHM or 7'8" MHM a try.

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i am brand loyal. the 7 MHM was d/c and is now in the walley series but i spoke with craig at st. croix and he informed me the rod is more stiff than the original ltb 7 MHM so that's a no go. 7'8 just seems like overkill for shallow cranks

what blank did you use for your custom? i ask this because st.croix blanks and generally "underrated' in their casting selections. i just don't have any other med. croixs to compare it to
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Old 04-04-12, 02:03 PM   #8
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I just got the 7'11 Micro ducket crankin rod for shallow cranks. You can throw them a mile. Very light rod had around 20 hookups on its this past weekend and landed every fish.
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I just got the 7'11 Micro ducket crankin rod for shallow cranks. You can throw them a mile. Very light rod had around 20 hookups on its this past weekend and landed every fish.
Glad to hear you like the duckett. They are awesome and great people to work with. If anyone wants one please feel free to ask about them.
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Old 04-04-12, 10:37 PM   #10
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I have two St Croix Premier crankbait rods and I can tell you they perform flawlessly. And they cost a lot less than the Legend rods. I'd suggest spending the big money on rods purchased for techniques that require great sensitivity, such as fishing with jigs or soft plastics.
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Old 04-05-12, 01:35 PM   #11
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I have two St Croix Premier crankbait rods and I can tell you they perform flawlessly. And they cost a lot less than the Legend rods. I'd suggest spending the big money on rods purchased for techniques that require great sensitivity, such as fishing with jigs or soft plastics.
as stated before, i have legend tournaments as well as extremes for multiple applications. i just wanted to know if anybody had used this particular rod.

with that said, i took the trek to cabelas and handled one in person and was sorely disappointed. the rod is like a wet noodle. distraut, i thought i would have them bring me the legend walleye 7 ' MHM (because the legend bass was d/c in 7' and moved up to 7'8 mhm). did some bend tests on the rod and was more impressed by this rod then i've been by a lot of legends. craig at st croix told me the lure rating on the rod ( 1/2-3oz) was so people wouldn't be scared to use 1oz weights bottom bouncing. compared the old legend bass to this new legend walleye and was blown away by how much better it felt than the old bass. upgrading rod this week.
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