My opinion is that a bass just comes thru and tries to just smash the bait ball, then he's thinking he can come back and clean up. The strike is so hard, but that could be because I'm using a stiff rod and 65lb braid, but I do not notice a certain bait getting hit more than the others.
Not trying to tell you what to do...just a suggestion. I recommend trying a long rod that has a lot of back bone but isn't quite so stiff. The Hook Spit rod that we came out with for throwing 10XD crank baits is by far the best Rod for throwing the A-rig as well. I never would have thought it was true but one of the other pro-staff guys started throwing the A-rig on that rod and convinced me to try it. Ask anyone that has bought one of these rods and tried the A-rig on it. They will verify that you don't need a broom stick. I promise you will get further distance out of your A-Rig with this rod than any other.
In fact, I throw a chatter bait, big swim bait, A-rig, crank bait, and big swim jig all on that one rod. You'll be amazed at how well it handles your larger baits and how much further you can cast them.
Lake Fork Tackle stocks these Hook Spit rods (several different models for us) so stop by there and take a look.