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Dobyn's Champ. "3" series casting

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I picked up one of those Metaniums on clearance and would like to pair it with a Dobyn's champion.  I already have a 734 which I love for all kinds of applications.. 

What would be the perfect compliment to the 734?  Originally I was thinking the 683 because of rod locker limitation but now I can go longer.  What are your thoughts?

683C

703C

733c

 

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First the entire Champ line is great! So let's look at the question the other way around.  You already have a 734c. What do you throw on it the most?  What is your second favorite rod and what do you throw with it. The 3s offer the same spec but feel a bit different. I own a Powell Max 683 CEF which is the most versatile rod in my arsenal. I love it for 1/4 to 3/4 ounce jigs&trailer combos, and swim jigs around docks and riprap. I use a larger shakey head jig and creature baits also.  However it will do it all, throwing spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and even small topwaters. It is great to have a special weapon for close quarter combat. Now do not think that is its only use as I used it while fishing for post spawn smallies on big wide open grass flats this past spring on dale Hollow Lake. It sure felt good paired with a Daiwa Tatula and a 7 pound smallie tugging on the other end;.

Both the 733 and the 703 are great rods. i would think the 733 would bomb topwaters spooks and chatterbaits a great distance. It should allow you better control on say a 3/4 ounce football jig bouncing up or down a ledge

This is the reason I suggest to think about your favorite way to fish. If I only fished here in MD I would not care about deep jigging a ledge, something that does not exist here on my local waters,  Since we vacation on Dale Hollow and Center Hill,  I have to be able to do it. Those lakes do not really present a lot of frog fishing for smallies. Once they spawn, they live in deep water chasing big shad. If I go to Chicamagua you either frogfish grass of jig fish drops and ledges. Personally I have to restrict the length of my rods because of my boat. However I think if you can fit a 7'3" than I would go for the 683 or 733 depending upon which one fit my fishing conditions more. Either way that is going to be an incredible combo and should put a smile every time you cast it. I wish a 7 pound smallie for your first cast, they feel wonderful LOL!

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I had both the 703 and 733 in the original champion series. Dobyns are overrated and the 3 power fishes like a medium in 'most'other rod series. I also had a 704 champion extreme. It was more versatile to me. The 703 was my dedicated wacky senko rod. The 733 I used for light spinnerbaits and squarebills. 

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23 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

First the entire Champ line is great! So let's look at the question the other way around.  You already have a 734c. What do you throw on it the most?  What is your second favorite rod and what do you throw with it. The 3s offer the same spec but feel a bit different. I own a Powell Max 683 CEF which is the most versatile rod in my arsenal. I love it for 1/4 to 3/4 ounce jigs&trailer combos, and swim jigs around docks and riprap. I use a larger shakey head jig and creature baits also.  However it will do it all, throwing spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and even small topwaters. It is great to have a special weapon for close quarter combat. Now do not think that is its only use as I used it while fishing for post spawn smallies on big wide open grass flats this past spring on dale Hollow Lake. It sure felt good paired with a Daiwa Tatula and a 7 pound smallie tugging on the other end;.

Both the 733 and the 703 are great rods. i would think the 733 would bomb topwaters spooks and chatterbaits a great distance. It should allow you better control on say a 3/4 ounce football jig bouncing up or down a ledge

This is the reason I suggest to think about your favorite way to fish. If I only fished here in MD I would not care about deep jigging a ledge, something that does not exist here on my local waters,  Since we vacation on Dale Hollow and Center Hill,  I have to be able to do it. Those lakes do not really present a lot of frog fishing for smallies. Once they spawn, they live in deep water chasing big shad. If I go to Chicamagua you either frogfish grass of jig fish drops and ledges. Personally I have to restrict the length of my rods because of my boat. However I think if you can fit a 7'3" than I would go for the 683 or 733 depending upon which one fit my fishing conditions more. Either way that is going to be an incredible combo and should put a smile every time you cast it. I wish a 7 pound smallie for your first cast, they feel wonderful LOL!

Thank you, wonderful insight.  I did forget about the longer rod's ability to cast further and the extra tip will surely help with jigs.  Like you I fish many different waters and I have 3 dedicated crankbait rods so this will be for topwater and Jigs.

I'll have a look/feel at the 703 and 733 and go from there :)

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