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I'm gonna give the swinging jighead a whirl tomorrow. I will be using either a 5/16th or 7/16th out in 17-18 fow. My question is should I fish it on my Dobyns Fury 733C, Daiwa Tatula 7'1" MHXF or Shimano Expride 7'2" Heavy? Thanks.

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I would throw it on the Dobyns 733 rod. Plenty of sensitivity to that rod.

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15 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

I would throw it on the Dobyns 733 rod. Plenty of sensitivity to that rod.

It's the Fury not the Champion. You still think to throw it over the Tatula?

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I would never throw a hard head on the 733 unless you're using a light wire hook on a light head. 

Tommy Biffle throws them on a flipping stick and heavy fluoro. There's a few videos of him explaining why on youtube. I personally use the DX745 for the 7/16 and 1/2oz sizes. They key to fishing them is keeping constant bottom contact and keeping them moving. I imagine it would be counterproductive to fish a 5/16 head in 18 FOW as you'll have to slowly crawl it which defeats its purpose.  I'll occasionally throw the 3/8oz size on wingdams for smallmouth but that's in maybe 4-7 FOW. I'd use your 7'2 Heavy.  Your MH would be fine but I don't like using an XF tip for hardheads. Just personal preference.

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Unless you need the extra power to deal with cover the MH should more than do it. 

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I've seen a few people suggest dragging the lure. Maybe tournament day isnt a good time to try a new technique. It didn't seem that complicated to fish.

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I use a MB Orochi EMTF (7'5") and think it's about the perfect rod for it until you get up to the heavier weights.  I like the extra length and slightly more moderate action it has for this technique.  15lb flouro for line.  I use 3/8 most of the time, but I'm usually throwing it in 10' or less...Any deeper and I'd want at least 1/2.  I'd probably switch rods if I went heavier than 1/2 too.  

Long casts and a steady retrieve dragging/bumping across the bottom.  Simple and effective.

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Maybe I misunderstood what he was fishing. When I look up swinging jig head on Tackle Warehouse I find this  

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He is asking about throwing 5/18 to 7/16 I assumed he was putting some type of plastic like a craw on it. That is not a bait I would need to throw on a flipping stick unless I was working heavy cover and then i would be tossing a 3/4or bigger one.  As for the bait being to light for that depth of water, it depends on the situation. This spring my wife and I fished with a guide on Dale Hollow Lake. Almost all of the 5 to 7 pound smallies and some largies came from grass flats in 5 to 15 foot of water.We caught these fish with 1/10 ounce Ned Rigs. That was all they would eat and it was fun. I guess maybe the Diawa might be better.

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From the rods that you listed...  the Shimano. 

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I'm a novice with the swinging jigheads. I ended up tying on a 11/16th so I used the 7'2" Heavy rod. Thanks for all your advice.

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I fish mine on a 7' MH/F. You don't need any special gear for them, any jig/T-rig rod will work. It's a killer way to present a soft plastic. 

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It depends on the bottom you are fishing. I got a Quantum Tour Edition 6'10" H-F Biffle Bug rod for those after using a variety of different rods. I discovered that if you are on a bottom with decent size chunk rock, and a lot of it, the heavy power rod with very little flex works because the head hits the rock and gets hung and then pops free and that is when most of my strikes occur. When I use the MH rod what happens is the rod loads up and the pause between the rod loading up and the head breaking free seems to generate a lot less strikes, it really is night and day. Now, one body of water I fish has more pea gravel and just some scattered small chunk rock, I can get away with a MH rod on that lake but not the others.

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2 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

It depends on the bottom you are fishing. I got a Quantum Tour Edition 6'10" H-F Biffle Bug rod for those after using a variety of different rods. I discovered that if you are on a bottom with decent size chunk rock, and a lot of it, the heavy power rod with very little flex works because the head hits the rock and gets hung and then pops free and that is when most of my strikes occur. When I use the MH rod what happens is the rod loads up and the pause between the rod loading up and the head breaking free seems to generate a lot less strikes, it really is night and day. Now, one body of water I fish has more pea gravel and just some scattered small chunk rock, I can get away with a MH rod on that lake but not the others.

He's nailed it.

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