After some time, I have finally summed up a theory that many in the Alpha crew have been working on.
I'd be interested to know what you guys think. Check it out.
I know what everyone says about fiberglass, but this article doesn't just pertain to glass cranking rods. I believe that a fast, semi-parabolic actions, will produce a higher landing percentage in many fishing scenarios.
Case and point. I built a custom bait-caster for BMP. He wanted the action of the TAC-Mag (Fluker), but in a bait-caster for open water smallies. So we came up with a 7'5" version of the Tac-Mag, but as a baitcaster. Super versatile rod that can be used for everything from underspins all the way to dropshots.
Almost every smallmouth he caught in the Cherokee Elite event was on that rod, and he didn't lose one. They were eating the underspin on the fall in 30-40 feet. I believe that rod applies the right amount of parabolic pressure, and lands more fish.
Anyways, something to chew on while we wait out the Cabin Fever caused by this crazy winter.