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Dx 742C S/h For Senkos

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I use 5" Senkos a lot and I mean a lot. I've been using a St. Croix LTB 6'8" MXF spinning rod and have been happy with it until I starting using my DX 744C and DX 745C the last couple of months. Now I feel the St. Croix is too short and want a longer rod. I want to use Dobyns and the DX 743SF seems like a good choice but I don't like full cork grips. I've been looking at the DX 742c s/h and the DX 743c s/h but I can't decide. I'm not sure if the 5" Senko will load the DX 743c enough for a long cast, I bank fish. So I was wondering if anybody uses the DX742c for senkos? I plan on using 20 lbs braid with a leader and there isn't any cover where I fish at, just rocks.

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I've never used the 742, so I can't give a direct comparison. I have used the 743 a lot in the past year for many things, including senkos. I think it does a great job. Especially if you use mostly 5". Loads easily on a cast or a pitch and has enough power for a solid hook set. Although I have missed a few when setting the hook far away.

Just based off the 743 I would say the 742 may be a little light in power even if you're in just moderate cover.

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The 743 is THE senko rod in the lineup. I use it for just that

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I have the 742sf. It can handle senko's although I think the 743 would be better. The 743c is the next rod on my list.

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Thanks guys. Looks like the DX743 is the better choice.

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I have the dx742sf, dx743sf and a dx743c and I would say the rod to go with would be the 3 power in either spinning or casting. The 2 power feels a tad overloaded with a 5 inch senko but the 3 power will load up nicely allowing you to cast that senko pretty far. I'm not sure what type of cover you will be fishing but the 743 will give you enough backbone to turn a good fish out of cover if need be.

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Going off memory isnt the 742casting a stronger rod than the 742spinning not the same blank???

I did a quick search and yep I read about this comparison of these 2 on another site.

 

 

 

civicrr quote:

"The DX742c(casting) is basically the same power as the DX743s (spinning).

I was spooled up with 20lb braid/leader system. Rod worked great. Was super easy to cast the long bomb AND get the solid hooksets. I landed numerous fish in the 4lb-5lb range with a best of 7lbs. There were a couple times where I didn't turn the fish immediately & it was a little tough, stll got 'em though!

Keep in mind, I'm fishing the senko rigged Texas. Fishing it wacky, your not driving the hook through the bait. Lot easier to get a good hookset with the exposed wacky hook! I'm pretty confident, you'd be fine with your 10lb-12lb line.

For what you're describing, I'd use the DX742c."

 

 

I sent you a pm Rudy

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I have the dx742 casting rod. It is easily one of my favorite rods. It is really good for 3 techniques from my personal findings. First it is my favorite 1/4 and 5/16 oz jig rod. It can handle jigs up to 3/8 oz in total weight just fine. Second it works really well for shakeyheads in similar weights. And finally it is absolutely perfect weightless plastics rod. I have fished flukes, caffeine shads, senkos and ikas on it. Absolutely love it for these baits in lighter cover.

I have no experience with the spinning rod but the post linked above from civic is likely dead on as he has a wealth of knowledge on the dobyns lineup.

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All I know about Dobyns rods is what I've read.  Seems you already have an answer.  I just wanted to add that others have posted that all you need to do is call Dobyns, and tell the owner what type of fishing the rod will be used for, and he will tell you the best one for that technique.  That would be what I would do before ordering the rod.

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I just reread your question and my answer might not be the best one. I misunderstood what you were asking.

The one thing you didn't mention is if your throwing weightless.

Your correct that the 2 power in casting  be the rod of choice for weightless senkos, but if you use  any weight the 3 power might be better overall rod for you.

 DX742 casting would be a little more of utility rod though.

I hope that helps.

Ron

I always throw them weightless and T-rigged.

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the 742casting is the perfect 5inch senko rod IMO.

 

I have thrown a 5in senko on both 742c and 743c both casting and I pefer it on the 742c.

sometimes my 742 is tied up with a 1/4oz shakeyhead and I have to throw it on the 743 (with a core) and its fine...... but if I was getting a rod dedicated to the 5in senko it would be the 742, as I said I perfer it.

 

if you were going spinning you could go 743 since the spinning 743 is much like the 742casting.......(see civicrr quote)

Civicrr is a great wealth of info.....google querry brings up many of his old post from around the net, good stuff.

 

the 742 is one of the least talked about/underated rods in the Dobyns line up, IMO.

 

good luck and when in doubt call Gary, but I would be shocked if he didnt tell you much the same.

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I just got off the phone with somebody from Dobyns. He basically said get the DX742 if you are fishing the 5" Senko whacky style but get the DX 743 if you are T-rigging it for better hook penetration. The DX743 will also be more versatile.

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What New2BC4Bass said is correct.  Give Gary or Richard a call at 503-671-1989 tell them how you plan to use the rod and they will recommend the best rod for your application.  Why not ask the rod builder himself.  I think they will tell you the 742.  Then call me to get the best price.

Ron

 

The phone number listed here is not correct - it's my work phone number and I don't work at Dobyn's rods. Please edit your post with the correct information.

 

 

Moderator note: The number is 530-671-1989

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