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I'm looking to pick up a Dobyns champion as a new jig rod. I would be throwing, at very max, 1/2 oz jigs. I would only be fishing around weeds and docks. What length and power would you guys recommend. Up until now I have only fished with 7' rods. I would also be using this rod to throw tubes on St. Clair, Erie, and Huron.

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Champ 735 is an awesome jig stick in the champ line up

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Champ 735 is an awesome jig stick in the champ line up

You don't find that a 5 power is a little overpowered for jig fishing in the 3/8oz range? When I was considering Powell, people were recommending 3 and 4 powers?

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Either 734 or 735. Dobyns IMO tend to be a little overrated as far as power goes. I would say may 4 power is pretty close to a 3 power Powell. That's my opinion so far. 

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Consider the size and weight of your trailer added to the jig weight. Commonly over looked.

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704c

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You don't find that a 5 power is a little overpowered for jig fishing in the 3/8oz range? When I was considering Powell, people were recommending 3 and 4 powers?

Well Powell is a different rod company and unfortunately, rod powers aren't universal throughout the industry. 

 

The 735 in both the savvy and the champ have a very unique XF tip which allows them to very easily and effectively pitch and cast baits a tad lower than you would feel ideal. 

 

For example, I throw my Trig for the most part on DX744's and jigs on DX745. I would not want to throw (although it could but not well) a 1/4oz weight + power worm on the X745 but would and do easily do it on the 744. The champ 735 (not 733 or 745. these have a F tip) has an XF tip that can pitch a 1/4oz weight + plastic and is very very easy to cast/pitch jigs in the 3/8+ range. the champ 734 is more ideal for plastics but not 1/2oz jig + trailer in cover. Personally, if I had to to two techniques on one rod, I'd rather have too much rod than too little.

 

If you aren't fishing in areas where you really have to pull fish out of brush/trees and what not, the 734 is a very good 3/8 jig rod and a texas rig rod and also not a bad senko rod. 

 

I did not read the part about tubes initially.  get the 734.

 

don't let grantman sway you into the 704. he's a small man. 734 is a mans rod. :respect-059:

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don't let grantman sway you into the 704. he's a small man. 734 is a mans rod. :respect-059:

 

 

LMAO, though I too say 734

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Either 734 or 735. Dobyns IMO tend to be a little overrated as far as power goes. I would say may 4 power is pretty close to a 3 power Powell. That's my opinion so far. 

 

I agree and I fish a 705 and by no means is it a broomstick

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Bwhahahahaha!

I have the 734!!!! Oh yea and a dx 704. But to be fair he said he likes 7ft sticks AND it was going to be around docks. That's what I get for listening I guess lol.

You are the first guy to call me small lol. Most would say, rotund or at the very least, jolly

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Most definitely the 735C! While it is a tough choice. With a 1/2oz jig+skirt+a trailer you are at or over 3/4oz, will the rod handle it? Yes ofcourse but I find the sweet spot on the 734 is right at 1/2oz. When I'm on a jig bite and I have both the DX744 & DX745 on the boat, I will limit the 744 to 3/8. Above 3/8oz, I'll use the 745.

As much as I love the 745 the 735 always has a place on my deck there is just something magical about the tip it has, soft enough to pitch those lighter baits yet has instant power when you need it.

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