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Lookin hard at a new Rod and Reel for frog fishing.  Old one was giving me a blister when I was making casts.  The reel I have been using is an Old Citica. The model right after they added the 6.2.1 gear ratio. That joker was a BIG reel.  Rubbed my thumb raw when I made 30-40 big casts. Anyway, I am looking for a new reel and a lighter rod.  I bought a Revo S and Veritas for Jig fishing last year and love it. Considering getting another Abu setup like that, but not too sure if that is the right choice for frog fishing.  Any advice would be helpful.  I was doing really well with a piece of junk rod last year, but think i would do even better, especially if the reel wasnt rubbing the skin off my thumb after a few casts.  What gear ratio should I look at? What specs for the rod??? Thanks in advanced, yall

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If you got a mh veritas it will handle frogs just fine

I would like to get another set up too though.  I want something just for frogs, and that is for my jigs/soft plastics. 

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I've been using a mh vendetta with a lews tournament mg. most mh or h will do the trick

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Savvy 735 and a lews super duty high speed

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I would go with either am abu vendetta 7'6" H/F or the berkley lightning rod shock 7'6" H/F with a lews superduty in 7:1. 

 

Mitch

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I really like my 7' H/F St. Croix Mojo for froggin'. It's got a ton of power and a good fast tip that really lets you drive those big hooks home. When looking for a froggin' stick, the biggest factors should be how it feels in your hand, the power, and the action. Sensitivity really doesn't matter because it's a visual bite. I will say though that you still get sensitivity with the Mojos which is an added bonus because even though you want it as a dedicated frog rod there will come a time you need an extra set up and with the Mojo you can do that.

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I have a 7'9" Fenwick Aetos Heavy Action rod/Calcutta 250 TEGT/ 65 lb braid set up.  It is as close to a multi purpose rod as I got.  It works great for frogging and it works great for A-rigs.  If I needed a punching rod, it would work ok for that until I got something better.  

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I'll give the same answer I always give on this subject, Powell Max 735C. I spend a ton of time frog fishing every year and this rod is perfect for it IMHO. It's one of my all time favorite rods for sure. As for reels that's more of a personal preference thing to me, I myself am using (and have been for some years now) a Citica 201E spooled with either 50 or 65# braid. I've used quite a few different reels on this rod and settled on the Citica. Oddly enough now that I think about it's the least expensive reel I've tried. I've tried the Curado DHSV, Zillion HS, and a Chronarch 101B before the Citica. The CH B would be my second choice.

 

Anyway back more to topic, the 735C is a really great frog rod.  

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I too, have been looking for a few months now for a dedicated set-up for that. I'm just your average Joe, and so it's taken me a while to sort through everything. I can't say anything about the reel at this point, but if I were going to buy a frog rod right now it would probably be the Shimano Compre 7'2" Medium/Heavy X-Fast action.

 

From what I've learned, some of it depends what kind of environment you will be fishing in, but this rod seems really good to me for the price and here's why... It's over 7ft, but under 7'6" which seems like an ideal length because it gives you enough rod to pick up line fast on the hookset and get more leverage. But it's not so long that it becomes difficult to keep the tip down without hitting the water when you're trying to walk-the-dog.

 

You can use a Heavy for frogs, but it seems like the consensus is that M/H makes for easier and more accurate casts. If you were in super-heavy cover all the time, you might want to use a Heavy instead.

 

The X-Fast action seems important to me, because it should allow for the best hooksets. Basically, when you slam back to set the hook, it will allow the tip to bend, but then she's gonna stop relatively quickly and slam that hook into their mouth.

 

And then, of course, there is the price and warranty. This rod is only about $100 and has a lifetime warranty. That seems pretty hard to beat in my opinion. I haven't found anything with similar specs even close to that price range. I would love to hear if anyone else has.

 

But anyway, like I said, I've never actually used this rod, I've only dreamed about it several times, and it worked very well in my dreams. Some day when I get some extra money, this is where it will probably go for my frog rod. 

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I'm looking at a shimano Crucial (CRCX77MHA) rod 7'7" Med/Hvy with a x-fast action. The rod is made for 30-65 lbs line. This rod I will use for slop fishing and frog fishing until I can separate the two but I might just buy the same rod or a little small if I really like it. As for reels anything in the 7.0:1 gears is good. I'm looking at the Quantum Smoke bait baster as I have the spinning reel and really like it. For line I'm going to Power Pro Vermillion 65 lbs. I'll see how the set up works this summer!

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Lews super duty 7.1 with a mojo bass frog n slop did me well last year. Light and strong cant go wrong

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I found the daiwa light and tough frog rod - 7'4" - to suit me better than any of the others I tried - at the time it was given to me  frog fishing was what I did every day - 250-300 days a year - don't know if they still market them.

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I found the daiwa light and tough frog rod - 7'4" - to suit me better than any of the others I tried - at the time it was given to me  frog fishing was what I did every day - 250-300 days a year - don't know if they still market them.

I absolutley love my L&T rods. I ordered the 7'4" Tatula because of how much I loved this one.

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Not gonna be in the thickest junk, so thinking of a MH rod.  Should I look for Fast or Extra Fast tip?

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