Hi Itlao,First off I absolutely love your show! You have a very enjoyable show as well as it is great to see that you advocate fishing to the younger generations. About my question, I recall seeing you fish a crankbait episode for bass, you talked about your set ups, which included both spinning and baitcasting. You did have braid on both if I recall correctly, what were the actions of the rods? I’m stuck with deciding whether or not to use a medium heavy action baitcasting rod for crankbaits, I always hear that they’ll tear the hooks from the fish’s mouth. Have you experienced loosing much fish with a stiffer rod or with the braid? Thank you! God bless!Posted on January 27th, 2016
Hi Ashton, thank you for your kind words. Glad to hear you enjoy our TV shows. I do fish a medium-heavy action baitcasting and spinning outfit when I am using hard-baits such as crankbaits with the Sufix 832 braided line. I use 40 lb. braid with my baitcasting reels and 20 or 30 lb. braid with my spinning reels. I also use a 12-20 lb. Sufix Fluorocarbon leader of at least 15-20″ on both.
There is no problem hooking fish effectively using a medium-heavy action outfit if you set the hook properly. When fishing a crankbait you normally reel in continuously (unless you are fishing a stop-and-go presentation around weeds or “slashing/twitching” a minnow-bait. If you have direct contact with your lure (no slack line), the key is not to set the hook when you feel a strike, you set the hook when you feel the fish on. I seldom miss a fish using the medium-heavy outfits. One of my favorite is the Rapala Concept Ti spinning , & Rapala Concept ti baitcasting outfits.