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I don't fish around much cover. Wanted to get a dedicated frog rod with braid. I don't use braid on anything else other than spinning rod. Since I have about everything else covered it would be a frog only Rod.

Any advantage from say a $170 Tatula frog Rod versus a mojo slop n frog or dobyns fury 735?

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As long as it is solid built, there is no real advantage to a high dollar frog rod.  Get a lightning rod flipping stick, for that ap, if you want.   Expensive is for sensitivity, in my book.

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I hear the cabelas tournament zx frog rods are excellent and they're on sale right now.

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you don't have to pay $170 for that Tatula. Shop around, brother.

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Rods for frogging are one of those area where you can safely cheap out in my opinion. As stated earlier, as long as its solid. 

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I hear the cabelas tournament zx frog rods are excellent and they're on sale right now.

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Yes, as others have already said, frog rods do not need to be high dollar rod's. You do not need them to be sensitive. The only thing I would say is if you can, IMO, you should lean toward a more moderate action rod for frogging with braided line. I enjoy the moderate action much more and I'm convinced that with 65# braided line it really does help. There are lots of cheaper priced frog rods that will work great just look around and find one you will be happy with.

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you don't have to pay $170 for that Tatula. Shop around, brother.

This is what I would be looking for.

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Try to get the lightest and balanced combo you can your wrist will thank you

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I use an old Fenwick 7'6" H flippin' stick with a telescoping handle. I paid $2.00 for it. I don't do enough frogging to warrant a dedicated frog rod or enough flipping for a dedicated flipping rod so I use the same rod for both techniques.

 

Tom

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i too would say you don't NEED a high end frog rod....  that said, i had a frog n slop mojo rod and sold it off.  You could go to Home Depot or Lowe's and get a wood or true temper shaft and it would be about the same.  Broomstick is an understatement for that rod.  I just could never get the thing to load up and cast for me.

I actually used to have an el cheapo 7'H quantum rod that i can't remember where it came from, but that thing for some reason was AWESOME.  perfect for loading up on the cast and perfect backbone for frog hooksets.  I just don't throw frogs enough for a dedicated stick anymore so if i want to, i will throw them on my jig rod the few times I actually throw a frog....

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For a frog rod man go to Academy Sports and get a 7'3" H H20 Ethos. $80 bucks normally but can get them on sale for way better than that. I think I got mine for $60. 

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Ended up finding a Tatula frog Rod 7'4 H for $125

 

You'll be froggin' it up right, now! Bet that would make a good c rig and light swimbait rod. Maybe some flippin, too. I have the 7'6" flippin stick and it covers all those bases nicely. Except swimbaits. I don't use those.

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actually I love it for deep cranks, too. Throw a reel with some lighter line on there and give it a shot. You may be pleasantly surprised, too.

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Team Daiwa s rod is 7'4" rated to 2 oz and loads up great. Also very light for its size. These rods aren't great for other techniques but for frogs and punching it works good.

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I used a denali mh rod for light frog fishing but after fishing full days with only a frog I bought a Powell 736. I just needed something lighter and more balanced. The one thing I don't like, or haven't gotten used to is the mag heavy vs the med heavy. I wouldn't say you need to go expensive but light weight rods are always nice but tend to run some more money.

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You don't need the highest modulus , sensitive rod for frogging but you need a good blend of power and still enough tip to cast well. I wouldn't "cheap out" per say but no need to go overboard.

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Wouldn't a frog rod, jig rod and topwater rod be the same action?

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Wouldn't a frog rod, jig rod and topwater rod be the same action?

 

Well, to me a topwater needs a pretty moderate action, not good for pulling pigs out of the weeds. But it is pretty much just a long, heavy jig rod, just with a softer tip.I prefer more moderate than average actions for all my rods, though.

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Wouldn't a frog rod, jig rod and topwater rod be the same action?

Not for me, I've got 1 frog rod, 4 jigs rods, and 3 topwater rods, all different lengths and actions for different uses.

 

 

I use a 7' 3" H/F Ethos micro guide rod from Academy for frogging, best frog rod I've ever owned. Lots of power but it loads well to really launch a frog and the length helps get their head up and keep it up and moving. Got mine for $60 on sale. It does double as a jig/pitching rod pretty well also. 

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