Best crank bait rod I know of is the Dobyns CB rods. I prefer straight graphite over composite or glass, because of the sensitivity and light weight. If you are looking for an all around CB rod, I think the Fury 705 rod, would suit most of your situations. It is rated from 1/4 to 1 oz and is a MH rod with a fast tip. GREAT rod for most applications, not rated for the XD 8 or 10, though. If you want a rod that will hadnle those, I would go with the 806 rod, but it is not rated for anything less than 1/2 oz, so you would limit yourself on it. Tae a look at this rod and tell me if you think it fits your situation. If not, let me know and I I can look at other options. If you do not want to spend that much money, there is a Dobyns FURY rod that is the same ranking. Here is a link to it.http://dobynsrods.com/rod/705cb/
I put shimano or Lews on most of my rod w/o going their to rods for purcahse. I am a big believer in the Dobyns lineup of rods, too. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck. Let me know if you want something different for throwing CBs or soft plastics. I throw soft plastics on a 735 F/H Dobyns rod with good success. Unless you are going to be fishing over 1.5 oz. jigs. Their is also a FURY 735C for less money, too. Hope this helps.
Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.