Anglers can fish crankbaits on virtually any kind of medium-heavy rod, even on spinning gear although that is not recommended.
The true secret however I learned by fishing with 4-time Bassmaster Classic champion Rick Clunn.
“Super sensitive rods will actually work against you when fishing with crankbaits. A fish will actually ‘push’ the lure as they pursue it and if you are fishing a super sensitive (graphite/composite) rod you will set the hook before the fish actually has the lure,” Clunn said.
The big advantage of course in fishing crankbaits is they allow anglers to cover a tremendous amount of distance in short order. Due to the tedious nature of this style of fishing, anglers are often surprised by a strike and set the hook too early. I have personally experience super sensitive rods becoming a disadvantage for crankbaits simply because the shock of the strike had me set the hook to early. Bass need to be on the hook before you actually set it.
Clunn was speaking of bass when he gave me this information but I immediately transferred the concept to redfish and it works.
Clunn collaborated with Wright & McGill a few years back to create S-Glass Series of rods that use old fiberglass technology with modern flare. These are the rods I use for my crankbait action and have had serious success everywhere from the Missisippi River near Venice, La. to the Sabine Jetties on the Texas/Louisiana border. There are numerous fiberglass crankbait rods on the market now and they can make a huge difference in the pursuit of redfish.
Redfish are far from dumb fish that will hit anything. Anyone who has truly pursued them for any length of time knows they can be quite challenging which is why crankbaits are crucial for the coastal angler.
They allow a level of precision fishing, not possible with any other kind of lure and that makes a bull redfish sized difference
Chester Moore, Jr.