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Looking for a Spinnerbait/ small swimbait rod

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Hi all,

once again I am looking for the great feedback from this community for an upcoming purchase! :)

I am looking to get a Rod (that I would pair with a Daiwa Zillion SV TWS) that would be allocated for Spinnerbaits (up to 3/4oz) and smaller swimbaits (up to 1oz).

I am planning to purchase the rod during the Black Friday period. My price range is up to 300 USD.


Requirements for the rod;

* Good casting (distance wise)
* Light
* Robust
* good warranty


Right now a candidate is the Orochi XX Casting Rod 7'2" Swingfire
or Orochi XX Casting Rod 7'2" Diablo Spec R


Would be great to get some suggestions here!

THanks!

Cheers!

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I'm a huge fan of the XX Spinnerbait Special (I have 2), it's true to it's name and is perfect for the task.  I've thrown 3/4oz line-thru swimbaits on it as well and it handles them just fine.  I also use it for squarebills and buzzbaits...There's not much it can't do.  I'm sure the DSR would be great too, but I like a little bit of a shorter rod for spinnerbaits since I'm usually casting in/around/under stuff.  

Only downside to your plan is that MB products never go on sale, even for Black Friday :(.

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7 hours ago, Logan S said:

I'm a huge fan of the XX Spinnerbait Special (I have 2), it's true to it's name and is perfect for the task.  I've thrown 3/4oz line-thru swimbaits on it as well and it handles them just fine.  I also use it for squarebills and buzzbaits...There's not much it can't do.  I'm sure the DSR would be great too, but I like a little bit of a shorter rod for spinnerbaits since I'm usually casting in/around/under stuff.  

Only downside to your plan is that MB products never go on sale, even for Black Friday :(.

Thanks for your reply!

How do you like the rods casting wise (I am looking for a rod that can do some distance). Also how is the weight? With what reels have you paired them?

Thanks!

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I throw 3/4 oz. spinnerbaits and Paddletails on a Powell Max 3d 734. For me , it's about the perfect length and has a great tip for those baits.

I think you could get away with a 1oz. swimbait head but that would top it out.

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You can use a very wide variety of rod types with spinnerbaits from jig/worm MH fast to MH or H  moderate crankbait rods. My general choice is to era on higher power rods, for example a rod rated for 1/4 to 1 oz, of average of 5/8 oz, I wouldn't use for 1 oz lures unless that is all I had with me. If 1 oz swimbaits ( most are 1 1/2+ oz) my rid choice would be close to 1 oz average or rating of 1/2 to 1 1/2 H moderate action rod. Since this rod would also work for spinnerbaits 1/2- 3/4 oz,  that is where my search starts. What you find is frog rods fall into this category.

Tom

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Thanks.

I probably tend more towards something to 1oz. The emphasis for the rod is to be light and that I can cast a good distance, the heavier the rod will, the less I will be able to do so with smaller lures (3/8oz spinnerbaits).

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Take a look at the rods listed at TW under technique specific "frog rods". Irod Air series IRA754C  is very light, similar to the gen II Freds Magic stick works OK for 1-1 1/2 oz swimbaits, lots of rods to choose from.

Tom

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Sounds like you might like the St. Croix LTB 7'1" MH/F (Jig/baits) rod. It handles a 3/8 oz spinnerbait without a problem 3/4 oz football jig, and I'm sure it'd handle something up to an ounce the same. It's light at only 4.4 oz and has a lifetime warranty. It makes a great all around rod too. 

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16 hours ago, freelancer27 said:

Thanks for your reply!

How do you like the rods casting wise (I am looking for a rod that can do some distance). Also how is the weight? With what reels have you paired them?

Thanks!

Both are paired with Scorpion DC's.  Casting distance is fine for me, but I'm not usually looking for extra long distances when I fish spinnerbaits.  Low rod angles and low trajectory casts are pretty normal when I fish both baits so the shorter rod is preferable.  

It's a lightweight rod, probably not the lightest rod out there but its definitely not heavy...Especially considering it's a MH powered rod.  

If extra long casting distance is your top priority I'd probably go with a longer rod, but the SS is excellent for most normal spinnerbait fishing - at least for me.  I don't throw the swimbaits as much, but the same thing applies.  

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I am a taller guy, so a smaller rod is not that necessary at this point. Distance is important though, since some of the spots that I want/need to cast to are a bit further away from the bank than what I would like to.

Right now I am leaning more towards the Orochi XX Casting Rod 7'11" Launcher or the Orochi XX Casting Rod 7'2" Diablo Spec R.

The Diabolo Spec R. seems to be a very good all around rod, in case I want to go out just with a single rod.

@Logan S May I ask what kind of line you have for the spinnerbait combos?

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1 minute ago, freelancer27 said:

 May I ask what kind of line you have for the spinnerbait combos?

15 or 17 lb flourocarbon depending on cover....Most of the time it's 15 lb.

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