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So I’ve decided that this is going to be the year I get out and really figure out the alabama rig. Ive thrown it on a 7’6 flippin stick in the past but I would prefer to have a dedicated setup that I could also use on some glide baits in the spring and summer. I’ve narrowed my options down to 2 rods

One is a 7’10 heavy fast Action rated 1-4oz. The other is a 7’11 heave modfast action rated 1/2-2oz. I like the feel of the 7’11 the best because it doesn’t feel like a freaking broom but I’m worried because of that it might not have the power. I’m not looking for any specific rod recommendations and I specifically didn’t include which rods I’m looking at because I don’t want to start a battle of what company makes the best rod for an a rig. I’m simply asking which rod would be better suited for an a-rig and why you’d prefer it over the other. 

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I don't throw a-rig yet, but the rod that feels best to you, is the one I'd go with. Because if you don't enjoy using a rod, you're never gonna want to spend time learning and perfecting the technique You got it for and will surely have buyers remorse. You can always compensate for the lack of power by using braid, lighter jig heads like 1/16 and 1/8, and by using lighter wired hooks. I have a 7'11 heavy moderate fast rated the same as the rod you listed and it will be my a-rig/glide bait rod if I decide to get into them. 

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It's fun and I'm going to get more into throwing it to this year!  Looking for the same recommendations as you.  I throw lighter one's with lighter heads on an under powered and rated rod and looking to upgrade everything....  I haven't a rod even rated for 2 oz's, but I would defiantly go heavier to at least a rod that could throw a 4 oz bait.  Just because I'm getting into wanting to throw bigger and heavier baits for bigger fish.

 

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It really depends what rig you throw most often. I throw the graduate school with 5  1/8 oz. heads . We can only have 3 hooks so I just cut the hooks off the 2 lower teasers.

That's a pretty heavy deal and I throw it on a x heavy swimbait rod or a Enigma flippin stick .

My guess is the heavy /fast.. I don't think you will have any trouble loading either one.

 

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Ended up with the 7’10 heavy mojo bass rod. The 7’11 was really a flippin/pitching rod and I didn’t really like how far up the rod the first guide is. 

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I just bought a dobyns fury 795 swimbait rod as a “budget” option for A-Rigs and hard swimbaits and have been pleasantly surprised with it so far. It is rated for 1-5 oz baits.

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The moderate fast would be better for the treble baits and the fast would be better for the a rig and single hook swim baits like keitechs battles shade and Matt lures soft gills.  If you are fishing jig hook baits and plan to power them to the boat the heavier rated rod will help with that.  F5 makes swim bait rods fairly cheap for custom.  Longer handles are your friend for using the rod to cast the heavier baits.  Tactical has a bunch of information on rod selection and proper casting techniques for heavy baits.  I bought a used dobyns 806 and that's my main big bait rod.

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2 hours ago, 5by3 said:

I just bought a dobyns fury 795 swimbait rod as a “budget” option for A-Rigs and hard swimbaits and have been pleasantly surprised with it so far. It is rated for 1-5 oz baits.

Good choice!

Tom

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