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Best Drop-Shot Rod Of All

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A drop-shot is a terminal rig that can be varied to suit different situations, but in its most popular form of vertical finesse fishing from a boat using electronics, a 6'9" ML/XF is ideal. The same rod can be used to cast small jigs or small weightless plastics as well.

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I think everyone is going to cheer for their favorite rod.  It's all based on the preference of the user.  

 

My favorite drop-shot rod is a Rapsody "Drop-Em" Drop Shot rod.  It's a MH with a XF tip.  Some think that is too firm for drop shotting but I love it.  The tip sends back everything that weight goes over.

 

Before this rod I used a MM Fast tip rod which came with my spinning reel and that was good for me too.

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I prefer a Powell Endurance 7'1" MLEF Spinning rod. I use a drop shot instead of a Carolina rig a lot of the time. I cast it and drag it. That's why I like the 7'1" length. However, I also use hooks as small as #6-#1, so the light tip is imperative.

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I have a St.Croix Rage in the 6'10 ML/XF, Ci4 2500, and 10# Sufix 832. Great set up and a lot of fun to catch bass on. It may not be the best rod but it is very sensitive,light weight and feels great with the combo I have going. 

 

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depends how much money you want to spend, of course a Gloomis NRX is the finest of the finest, but i really like the dobyns Champion 702sf. medium priced but an awesome awesome rod. the tip on it pretty much allows you to do whatever you want with the bait while still keeping the weight on the bottom without moving

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I have a ML/XF for most of my dropshot purposes.  Hands down, my favorite DS rod I have used is the previous version Crucial.  It is sensitive and has an awesome handle that is comfortable in my hands.  Not to mention I like the blank exposure where your index finger can be placed.  But yeah, in general though I like a 6'8-7' DS rod. 

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Dobyns champion extreme dx702sf for light line and open water. If you are looking at the slightly heavier variation I like the dx744c in the full handle.

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G. Loomis NRX 822S DSR in blue.

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G. Loomis NRX 822S DSR in blue.

 

I also prefer my NRX's blue due to the finish. Per everything I have read this is one of the best if not the best dropshot rod. Since I own the SYR I can't make my own comments on the DSR.

 

I will say the Shimano Cumara CUSDX72M makes for a fine dropshot rod. Its action is perfect and I find the extra length useful in many situations. Also, I am very surprised at its sensitivity and versatility. Most dedicated dropshot rods, that is, rods specifically made for dropshotting are not that versatile. 

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My 6'8 cumara works great, but if I had the beans id be rocking a mega bass rod.

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My 6'8 cumara works great, but if I had the beans id be rocking a mega bass rod.

 

You and me both.  I use a custom built on a Lamiglas blank but I would love to have the Megabass rod.

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My 6'8 cumara works great, but if I had the beans id be rocking a mega bass rod.

 

I love my F3-610DGS Aaron Martens limited!

 

You need a rod that gives enough in the tip to keep the bait suspended off the bottom at the same depth, but yet be able to shake the worm well. Rods stiff in the tip have a difficult time doing this as they have a tendency to lift the whole rig. The NRX 822DSR is a good example of what a dropshot rod should be like. I would not put anything else on it though.

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I'm already fishing what is the best DS rod, IMO.  It's a custom SCV 6'9" ML/XF with Fuji Ti/SiC guides.  Gonna be giving it to my wife as soon as I build another 'best' DS rod.......a SCV 6'10" ML/XF.

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I have several cumaras that I am fond of for drop shotting. I am sure the NRX and megabass spinning rods would wow me a bit more. However, for the price I paid for the cumaras new, I couldn't be happier paired with a stradic FJ and CI4.

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G. Loomis NRX 822S DSR in blue.

 

x2

 

My wife is instructed to bury me with this rod (which I hope is a long time from now).

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The one on the bottom.

 

Let me guess.....its a Dobyns. Nice arsenal

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I have a St.Croix Rage in the 6'10 ML/XF, Ci4 2500, and 10# Sufix 832. Great set up and a lot of fun to catch bass on. It may not be the best rod but it is very sensitive,light weight and feels great with the combo I have going.

I use the same rod but I have it paired with a Lew's speed spin 200 series

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