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I am looking to buy a new worm and jig rod that can also be used throw some crank baits. Would a MH 7 ft. 4 in. rated for 1/4 to 3/4 oz. do the trick? Looking at the Dobyns Champ EX 743. Also use a lot of 5/16 oz. shakey heads with 5/0 hooks with craws such as a Biffle Bugs for example. I am not really into technique specific rods. Just a rod that will do the job. To be used in light to moderate cover.

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Dobyns are pretty much my brand of choice. casting or spinning? I would not recommend a 3 power rod for anything with a weed gaurd or wormin. For versatility I would recommend a 734. I use the 734 for EVERYTHING! Spinner baits, small swimbaits, lighter t rigs and bubba shot to name a few. Back to your original question. For worms and jigs I can't recommend the 735 enough! Dobyns rods are on the soft side so don't be afraid of the mag heavy ratting!

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FWIW I've been switching over to the St. Croix Mojo Bass rod. It's a nice well balanced rod and fishes well. 

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There are LOTS of rods that are optimized for worms & jigs...BUT, when you add cranking as one of the presentations, the selection gets much smaller.

I recommend that you look at a Loomis Mag Bass (MBR) 843 in the price range of your choice (E6X, IMX, GLX, NRX). The Mag Bass rods are sensitive enough for bottom contact, and the Mag Bass blank taper provides a soft enough tip for cranking, and enough backbone to set single hooks.

Jigs/worms, and cranking, normally mean two different rods. However, if you MUST do both with one rod, the MBRs are a good compromise.

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5 hours ago, Goose52 said:

There are LOTS of rods that are optimized for worms & jigs...BUT, when you add cranking as one of the presentations, the selection gets much smaller.

I recommend that you look at a Loomis Mag Bass (MBR) 843 in the price range of your choice (E6X, IMX, GLX, NRX). The Mag Bass rods are sensitive enough for bottom contact, and the Mag Bass blank taper provides a soft enough tip for cranking, and enough backbone to set single hooks.

Jigs/worms, and cranking, normally mean two different rods. However, if you MUST do both with one rod, the MBRs are a good compromise.

Ditto 

I bought the GLX 843C MBR to use strictly for bottom contact baits but found the tip too soft for my liking in heavy cover. But to have one rod to do what you want it's perfect. 

 

 

Mike

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6 hours ago, Goose52 said:

There are LOTS of rods that are optimized for worms & jigs...BUT, when you add cranking as one of the presentations, the selection gets much smaller.

I recommend that you look at a Loomis Mag Bass (MBR) 843 in the price range of your choice (E6X, IMX, GLX, NRX). The Mag Bass rods are sensitive enough for bottom contact, and the Mag Bass blank taper provides a soft enough tip for cranking, and enough backbone to set single hooks.

Jigs/worms, and cranking, normally mean two different rods. However, if you MUST do both with one rod, the MBRs are a good compromise.

^This^

Another option may be looking into either Hammer rods or some the Megabass models. Both have that sort of fast/moderate fast action that is similar to the MBR rods from Loomis. 

 

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