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Currently, I throw chatterbaits on my spinnerbait rod which is a Dobyns Savvy 734. Lately I have heard about using heavier cranking rods for chatterbaits which I feel might be a bit more effective. What do you guys use/recommend?

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I like something around 7' in a MH fast action. Some like a slower action, but fast or XF works best for me.

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This year I'm using a Powell 723 XF. There's actually more similarity between XF and M actions than you'd think. Both have forgiving tips, which gives the fish a little more time on the hook set, but the XF has more backbone typically.

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I think your rod is perfect for chatterbaits as well.

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i still prefer a fast action it is still a single hook that i want a good hook set on. you wouldn't fish a jig on a moderate action

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i still prefer a fast action it is still a single hook that i want a good hook set on. you wouldn't

fish a

jig on a moderate action

 

Yeah, but you really don't fish spinnerbaits/chatterbaits/swim jigs the same way you fish jigs, either. They benefit from longer casts and reeling/sweeping hook sets and there's rarely any slack to take up before setting the hook or a reason to dead stick very much. With a jig, once you feel anything the fish has the bait and you need an immediate hook set, with spinnerbaits on the other hand, it's better to make sure the fish has the bait so you don't pull it away from them with a jig type hook set.

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Yeah, but you really don't fish spinnerbaits/chatterbaits/swim jigs the same way you fish jigs, either. They benefit from longer casts and reeling/sweeping hook sets and there's rarely any slack to take up before setting the hook or a reason to dead stick very much. With a jig, once you feel anything the fish has the bait and you need an immediate hook set, with spinnerbaits on the other hand, it's better to make sure the fish has the bait so you don't pull it away from them with a jig type hook set.

ya i know what you're saying sorry if i mislead anyone here i meant the action should be the same you fish a jig with the hook set should be different though

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Currently, I throw chatterbaits on my spinnerbait rod which is a Dobyns Savvy 734. Lately I have heard about using heavier cranking rods for chatterbaits which I feel might be a bit more effective. What do you guys use/recommend?

The idea is mainly that you will lose less fish if this rod is used.  I've thought about doing the same and then realized I probably land about 90-95% of fish hooked on a chatterbait, so I will stick to what works.  Dobyns 734 Champion for me...  I haven't fished the savvy side by side yet but it may even be a touch slower which would be good!  The rod you have now should work just fine!

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I like a MH moderate 6'6'' to 7'0'' for single hook moving baits. A little bit of give for the moving aspect from the action, but enough power to drive it home with a MH.

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I like a MH moderate 6'6'' to 7'0'' for single hook moving baits. A little bit of give for the moving aspect from the action, but enough power to drive it home with a MH.

 

That's me too. I use a 7'1" MH/MF with great results.

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The Savvy 734 is a great spinnerbait/chatterbait rod. It's a little slower than your traditional fast action rods. 

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I use a Phenix M1 MH/F.

Mike

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I switched to a glass rod because of what I read about Brett Hite. I couldn't afford a real good rod but I purchased some Rick Clunn S glass rods a few years ago for 2 for $50. I switched to them last winter and I love them. Landed 10 5-6 lb bass on that rod.

I would really like to have a good glass rod for this technique.

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I switched to a glass rod because of what I read about Brett Hite. I couldn't afford a real good rod but I purchased some Rick Clunn S glass rods a few years ago for 2 for $50. I switched to them last winter and I love them. Landed 10 5-6 lb bass on that rod.

I would really like to have a good glass rod for this technique.

 

 

Bet that 7'2" mh glass tatula would be right up your alley. I want one for bigger cranks and topwaters myself.

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Thread hack but what kinda line are you fishing these on?

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I use braid for everything with leaders when necessary, so I use fast rods for worms/jigs and flipping, mod fast for bfs and spinnerbaits/swim jigs/ vibes/squarebills, etc, and glass composite for cranking. If I used straight mono, I would go ex fast for jigs and fast for spinners, but as it is now I don't like ex fast rods for anything.

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I use a 6' 6" MH/F LTB. Tried the glass rod thing and didn't like it. I've never felt like they have any problem inhaling the bait with a fast action anyhow and it's hard for them to get a bait out of their throats.

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I use a 6' 6" MH/F LTB. Tried the glass rod thing and didn't like it. I've never felt like they have any problem inhaling the bait with a fast action anyhow and it's hard for them to get a bait out of their throats.

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A lot of people say that the reason they like glass for chatterbaits because it lets the fish inhale the bait more. This is true, but if they are really eating it then it tends not to matter. I choose to use glass because when you set the hook, it doesn't rip a big hole in the mouth like it can sometimes with a stouter rod. When there isn't a big hole then it is harder for the fish to throw the bait. Also, the glass creates a different action on the chatterbait when it is being ripped from grass. I can't remember where I saw it, but this is the main reason Brett Hite likes to throw a chatterbait on a glass rod, not for the fact that the fish can get the chatterbait in its mouth better.

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It should be noted that when referencing Brett Hite's Glass rod and/or wanting to just picking up a glass rod expecting the same results, he's using an 800$ Evergreen glass rod for his chatterbaits. I've use chatterbaits on a Dobyns 705 CB glass and I hated it. The 733 and 734 are both great chatterbait rods. 

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Carter, keep it simple.

Get a medium heavy 7-foot cranking stick of your choice for your Chatterbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Just be sure the rod is designed for cranking.

Merry Christmas!

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