As I try to round out my arsenal, a rod that is missing from the rotation is a rod that can handle deep diving crankbaits (Norman DD22s, Megabass Deep Six, e.g.). I was also looking to see if this rod can double as a small A-Rig rod as well.
Any ideas to throw around for rods that can be found relatively easily?
I have 2 JDM rod recommendations for you. Besides the DD22, I use these two rods to work heavy cranks like the Duo Realis C87 20+, the Storm Arashi Deep 25+ and Evergreen Gold Digger 600 (20ft++).
My go to crank rod is the Zenaq Expedition 67. https://www.tomostackle.com/zenaq-exped ... avel-rods/
It's a sensitive, light weight but powerful rod to drive and work those heavy crankbaits down at 20++ft. It has an amazingly sensitive yet responsive rod tip that allows you to feel every twitch the bait is making but yet powerful enough to set the heavy Sz1 hook into the hard jaw of a big fish. It also comes in a convenient 3-piece configuration for travel.
My second recommendation is the Tenryu Rockeye Vortex RV78B-HH. https://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/pro ... pping.html
This JDM rod has very similar characteristic as the Zenaq but 13inch longer for better reach. Despite the length, it is also lighter but without any sacrifice for power.
I must qualify that at where I am based currently I do not fish for largemouth bass. Rather, I use these rods to crank the depth for big Snakeheads in freshwater lakes and reservoirs, and also for Groupers in salwater coastal rocky areas. These powerful fish can get quite sizable so naturally, lifting power and fish turning powere are also key elements that I look for in this class of rods. In some way my requirement for fishing lifting and turning power may compromise other aspects such as light weight and sensitivity that may be more important for other types of fishing. That's something to keep at the back of your mind.
Good luck in your quest for a new Crankbait rod!
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