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How many heavy or 4 power rods are you currently using and for what purposes, disregarding flipping. I have become very interested in these rods lately, as I have never used them before. I posted in a recent topic, that up to now, medium heavy was as far as I went.

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I have 2, one is for flipping and the other is for toads like my old but reliable Yum buzz frogs that aren't made anymore but I have enough to last a long time. I also use this rod for hollow body frogs, and for fishing Biffle bugs on the hard head.

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Other than flipping...............ZERO. I don't like them........... but then again the brands I use or have used the most (Abu, and St Croix to be specific)...there MH's are pretty stout. I have used Kistler Magnisum TS, Shimano Clarus, BPS Extreme, and an older Fenwick HMX H powered rods, and they fished like the Croix and Abu MH's..

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I also have 2 in my starting 6 lineup. One is a 7'7" heavy/fast Cumara, paired with a Curado 201e7, spooled with 25lb Vicious Pro Elite flouro. I use this rod for swimbaits and heavy deep jigs. The other, is a 7'4" heavy/fast Cumara, matched with a Tournament Pro, and spooled with 70lb Samurai braid. This is my flipping, topwater, and Carloina rig setup, with most of it's life spent pitching brush, docks, standing timber, etc. Also used for punching. I am thinking about adding one more, basically to have as a dedicated topwater rod.

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Saint Croix 4C79HF - 20# CXX swim baits up to 5oz.

Okuma TCS-C-7111XH - 65# Power Pro - punching plastics over 1 oz.

Dobyns DX744cf - 50# PP - jigs/plastics up to 1/2 oz.

Dobyns DX745cf - 50# PP - jigs/plastics over 1/2 oz.

Pinnacle DHC7-731CAH - 50# PP - frogs

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I have two. A St.croix H LTB 7ft 4" and a Champion 736C. These are my pitching and froggin rods. 

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Dobyns DX744/#50 PP Jigs/plastics up to 1/2 oz.
Dobyns DX745/#50 PP Jigs over 1/2 oz.

Dobyns DX795 Flip/#65 PP Flipping/Punching 1/2oz-1oz1/2.

Dobyns 735C/#65 PP   Frogs

Dobyns 734C/#40 PP   Spinnerbaits,Buzzbaits,Toads.

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3 for me

8' Mojo bass flippin stick-----> big jigs/punching

7'6" abu vendetta -------> hollowbody frogs and punching

7'6" BPS graphite series -----> hollowbody frogs

I dont like the H power rods for anything other than getting fish up about out of super thick cover(i dont swimbait, or throw A-rigs otherwise they wold be on a H as well)...

 

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One. 7'10" BPS Extreme for swimbaits.

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Thanks guys, that's exactly what I was looking for. Detailed information. I have been bass fishing forever, but in the 3 years I have been on this site, I have learned a lot. You guys are a wealth of information.

Hootie

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I hope it's ok to like everybody's post on a topic, because that's what I did. All of you provided a lot of answers.

Hootie

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Powell Endurance 714 - jigs

Dobyns Dx 704 - jigs

Powell Endurance 725-frogs, heavy topwaters, big buzz., serves as an alternate jig and punch rod.

Powell endurance 804 - c rigs, big spoons, (flipping also)

Powell 775/ 764 - football jigs, c rigs, jigs, )flipping

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A little more on heavier power rods…with the exception of froggin' and punching matted milfoil and coontail, the heavy power rod is more for comfort with heavier baits. Spend a day casting an overloaded rod, and you'll begin to hate it. More effort for less distance and accuracy. I know I never thought I'd need anything beyond a medium, but then again I never threw anything more than 3/8 oz. Time and experience has led me to venture into heavier stuff, and a well balanced stick suited for the job makes it more satisfying.

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I have a Dobyns Champion 7'6" H-F that I do not like and do not use.

I have a Daiwa L&T 7' H-R that I like and use; for buzzbaits, frogs, and every now and then for deep cranks. I could easily get by without it. Where I fish, a heavy power rod is not necessary.

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i use my dx745 for deep water fishing most of the time, wither im dragging a 3/4oz football head, or a carolina rig, i like a stiffer rod to be able to get a good hookset when my bait is a LONG ways away from me... illalso use it for the occasional jig, but jigs i mostly use my 704, which is labeled as a heavy, but is simular to other manafactures MH

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A little more on heavier power rods…with the exception of froggin' and punching matted milfoil and coontail, the heavy power rod is more for comfort with heavier baits. Spend a day casting an overloaded rod, and you'll begin to hate it. More effort for less distance and accuracy. I know I never thought I'd need anything beyond a medium, but then again I never threw anything more than 3/8 oz. Time and experience has led me to venture into heavier stuff, and a well balanced stick suited for the job makes it more satisfying.

 

That line right there is the key to a good stick imho...

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I have a Dobyns Champion 7'6" H-F that I do not like and do not use.

I have a Daiwa L&T 7' H-R that I like and use; for buzzbaits, frogs, and every now and then for deep cranks. I could easily get by without it. Where I fish, a heavy power rod is not necessary.

 

 

Yes, I guess if you don't need it, you don't need it. As I stated on another post, my lake is a rat's nest of laydowns.

So something had to be done...lol. Heavier equipment should help a lot. Now....if I can just get that first bass to let me try it out.

 

Hootie

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I hope it's ok to like everybody's post on a topic, because that's what I did. All of you provided a lot of answers.

Hootie

Big-O does that. I guess its ok.

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Also, I only have 2. A Dobyns DX 744c and a Dobyns Champ 735c. I love the 744 and use it primarily for jigs and plastics. I'll use the 735 for a ton of stuff but it's either got a worm or a jig on it most times. If not one of those then I'll throw heavier swim jigs and spinnerbaits on it. I'm honestly contemplating getting rid of 735 for a 733 or 703. I'm finding I prefer lighter powered rods and don't throw hardly anything over 1/2oz. We'll have to see though as I haven't had a ton of time on the water with these rods recently.

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A little more on heavier power rods…with the exception of froggin' and punching matted milfoil and coontail, the heavy power rod is more for comfort with heavier baits. Spend a day casting an overloaded rod, and you'll begin to hate it. More effort for less distance and accuracy. I know I never thought I'd need anything beyond a medium, but then again I never threw anything more than 3/8 oz. Time and experience has led me to venture into heavier stuff, and a well balanced stick suited for the job makes it more satisfying.

I don't really like heavier rods either. Too heavy. Even fishing pads and milfoil for me. I have a heavy Mojo Bass and don't use it. I just ordered a heavy Cabelas ZX but I thinks they seem thinner and lighter then most heavy rods.

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I like 'em!  I fish heavy jigs deep with them, pitch heavy cover and even docks with them.  I like the power and when I set on them I want that power to start moving those fish in my direction immediately.

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I have one LEWS heavy action 6' spinning rod I'm not sure what to use it for yet.

 

For larger heavy lures I use inshore saltwater spinning setups. I think I scare people when I take these out of my car.

 

But now with my mistake lower back with a crooked spine the larger longer rods maybe a thing of the past.

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Just one heavy rod for me - a 7' Grandt Payara. That thing is incredible. Use it for jigs (> 1/2 oz) because you can feel EVERYTHING on that rod. Also a great rod for topwater frogs. Also, I have a MH Veritas, which I also consider a H rod because that line is so stout. I use that one for pitching/flipping heavy cover because it is lighter in weight and has a bit more spring in the tip for that application. 

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