This might be a dumb question but I recently won a 7’6” heavy St. Croix mojo musky rod. I have never fished for musky and I don’t think I will anytime soon but would like to keep it just in case. My question is, would using this rod for bass fishing be a bad idea? If not what type of technique would be best? Top water frog, flipping, or cranking? Thanks for your thoughts in advance.
Bass fishing with a Musky rod?
I think that you will be fine with certain techniques. It's just another tool in the tool box. I always get a kick out of marketing like "walleye" specific rod, or "Musky" rod. Many of the hot rods in the Great Lakes right now for coho are the rods that they market for walleye. No matter they suggest, it's your rod and you get to choose how to fish it.
I would put 40 or 50 pound braid on it and frog fish it, in the slop - rip 'em out of the pads and have fun.
By the way, this time of year, I fish for musky with bass specific baits. No one tells the musky that they shouldn't eat those because they say bass bait either.
Go forward and have fun, worst case it's not your favorite rod for a particular application, but I sure would try it.
Look at the lure weight ratings on the rod. If you fish lures within the weights listed, use it for bass. Trying to throw smaller baits won’t work too well. Big swimbaits usually need a heavy rod. If you don’t think you’ll get much use out of it, you could always sell it, and buy something more useful.