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Hey guys, need some input. Wanted to add a H power rod to my lineup for frogs/jigs/pitch/flipping..... currently only have MH power and lower.

 

Really want to keep it under $150 though, I'm a stickler for price and refuse to spend a lot of money. 

 

Just for example, I fished the majority of the season using a $14 MH 2 piece baitcasting rod this year........so when I say affordable I actually mean cheap. (Don't laugh too much, I flipped a couple hundred bass with a rod that costs less than a case of beer).

 

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Although you stated that you want a Heavy power, I would suggest a MH rated for 1/4 - 1.5 ounces. The 7'3" MH *** Black is a great rod for 130$. that is what i use for frogs, with 50 lb braid in everything but ultra heavy cover. A 7'6" MH or H is good too. Check out the dobyns fury or cabbalas tournament zx which is on sale for 70$

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7'6 heavy lightning shock

7' or 7'3 heavy daiwa fuego

7'3 heavy lews tp1 speed stick

7' or 7'3 heavy daiwa tatula

 

Listed from cheapest to most expensive

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The Powell Max 3D MagH/XF 7'3" Frog Rod is on sale for $99 at TW.

 

 

 

 

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Dobyns Fury 735 would be perfect for the applications you listed, the Fury line is a good value at $110, even better if you buy it with a 10% off Tackle Warehouse gift card or find a gently used one.

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Irod Fiber ($110) or Genesis II ($150) Fred's Magic Stick. Difference is in the components. Blank is the same.  The best frog rod IMO. A great all around rod with good tip and tons of backbone. You won't be disappointed. A lot of guys use it for all the applications you are looking for.  

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33 minutes ago, Finnz922 said:

Irod Fiber ($110) or Genesis II ($150) Fred's Magic Stick. Difference is in the components. Blank is the same.  The best frog rod IMO. A great all around rod with good tip and tons of backbone. You won't be disappointed. A lot of guys use it for all the applications you are looking for.  

I use the 7' H Fiber. Great tip for frogs 

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1 hour ago, Junger said:

The Powell Max 3D MagH/XF 7'3" Frog Rod is on sale for $99 at TW.

 

 

 

 

$89.99 if you buy a gift card first. I recommend the OG Tatula 7'4" H/F frog rod. Pitches/flips very well. Can be had now for right around $100 tyd. 

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For that price you can pick up a used dobyns champion 735. Great rod for the money. I wouldn’t pay full retail for it but definitely worth $150 and can be had for that regularly in the used market if you keep your eye open. 

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I use a 7' 3" H/F Ethos Micro for frogging but it makes a good pitching rod too. I found 2 of them on sale for $27 each but they're only $80 full price. 

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Powell Inferno 😉

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I rarely spend more than $100 on a rod anymore. Many of today's "budget rods" feel and fish like $150+ rods from 15 years ago. 

 

Some of my favorite rods under $100 are:

 

Daiwa Aird X, and Fuego's

 

Abu Garcia Vengenace, and Vendetta's

 

Berkley Lightning Rods, and Lightning Rod Shocks

 

All of those rods are offered in various lengths from 7'-7'6" in H power that are excellent for frogging/flipping/heavy cover work.

 

My least favorite of the bunch is the 7'6" Lightning Rod Shock, it's very heavy, and is better A-rig/large moving bait rod.

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16 hours ago, Quarry Man said:

Although you stated that you want a Heavy power, I would suggest a MH rated for 1/4 - 1.5 ounces. The 7'3" MH *** Black is a great rod for 130$. that is what i use for frogs, with 50 lb braid in everything but ultra heavy cover. A 7'6" MH or H is good too. Check out the dobyns fury or cabbalas tournament zx which is on sale for 70$

I second that Cabela's rod. I have the Frog model and paid the full $100. It's a bargain at this sale price. The frog model I have is 7'3" Hvy-Fast and it's almost stiff enough to shoot billiards with. I imagine the Flipping model which is Hvy-X Fast is likewise a pretty stiff rod. These won't cast lighter worms and jigs very well. So if I wanted to do all three techniques with one rod, I'd get the Jig/Worm model and spool it with 30# braid. If you already have a worm rod, I'd get the Frog.

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16 hours ago, Bent said:

Dobyns Fury 735 would be perfect for the applications you listed, the Fury line is a good value at $110, even better if you buy it with a 10% off Tackle Warehouse gift card or find a gently used one.

 

13 hours ago, illinifan4152 said:

For that price you can pick up a used dobyns champion 735. Great rod for the money. I wouldn’t pay full retail for it but definitely worth $150 and can be had for that regularly in the used market if you keep your eye open. 

Another vote here for the Dobyns 735. I was going to recommend the Sierra series. It's a good blend of quality and affordable. 

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The Dobyns Fury and Sierra, as well as the Powell and iRod options all seem to get a lot of love in your price range, likely not a bad choice among those three. 

 

I know you’re super budget concious and totally respect that. But a rod for pitching and flipping into cover is one where sensitivity counts so consider that. 

 

Phenix just released a new rod series series that’s right at your price point or a smidge above called the Feather. They have a 7’1” Heavy and a 7’3” Extra Heavy option. On paper the rods look very nice and Phenix is known for good builds. 

 

Another budget option I ran across is the Daiwa DX Frog rod on TW. They have it on sale for 90 and if you do the gift card thing you could get that down a bit more. Specs look good and TackleTour did a review of one of theses sticks awhile back in the cranking series. This was a TW exclusive line. 

 

Id also suggest the St Croix Mojo Bass line right in your price range as well. 

 

These are just some other ideas, I’ve not used any of the rods above, and you’ve got some good recommendations from folks who have. 

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Here's a reasonable option.  I'm still using this combo on almost every trip.

 

https://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/mat-daddy-helios-review.html

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At that price point, I'd throw the 7'4" H/F St. Croix Mojo Bass into the mix. It'll handle the frogs and slop well and although it might be a little overkill for a jig, something like a heavy football jig would be a possible use. 

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14 hours ago, J Francho said:

Here's a reasonable option.  I'm still using this combo on almost every trip.

 

https://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/mat-daddy-helios-review.html

I have the 7' 3" H/F TCS and it's a very nice stick. I use it mainly for jigs but it's also listed as a frog rod, which I'm sure it would do nicely. You can find them online for right around $100 with a little looking. 

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+1 on voting for the Cabela's ZX Tournament on sale for $70.  great rods, lifetime warrantee.  could buy 2 and stay in budget

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Irod Fiber!

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Recently got a daiwa dx type LT frog rod 7'5" H. Rated 1/2 to 1.5. Very nice rod, with some flavor. Used it on a few outings before it got too cold. The full cork handle is sweet. Didn't take long to get used to. I bought it for $150 originally, but is now on sale at TW for $89. Shame on me, but I'd pay $150 for it again. 

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On 1/3/2018 at 2:47 PM, Tweek1106 said:

Hey guys, need some input. Wanted to add a H power rod to my lineup for frogs/jigs/pitch/flipping..... currently only have MH power and lower.

 

Really want to keep it under $150 though, I'm a stickler for price and refuse to spend a lot of money. 

 

Just for example, I fished the majority of the season using a $14 MH 2 piece baitcasting rod this year........so when I say affordable I actually mean cheap. (Don't laugh too much, I flipped a couple hundred bass with a rod that costs less than a case of beer).

 

Suggestions?

When you say under $150 do you mean just the rod, or the rod-reel combo? 

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2 hours ago, MountainMan83 said:

Recently got a daiwa dx type LT frog rod 7'5" H. Rated 1/2 to 1.5. Very nice rod, with some flavor. Used it on a few outings before it got too cold. The full cork handle is sweet. Didn't take long to get used to. I bought it for $150 originally, but is now on sale at TW for $89. Shame on me, but I'd pay $150 for it again. 

I just ordered one last night 😁 7'4" Heavy 

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42 minutes ago, Dtrombly said:

I just ordered one last night 😁 7'4" Heavy 

Oops. Close enough 😎

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46 minutes ago, MountainMan83 said:

Oops. Close enough 😎

Lol, well I'm glad to hear that you like it. It will be my first Daiwa rod. 

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