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So I’m looking into getting into the bigger swimbait game and need to find a rod, I was wondering if I could get away with using a Daiwa Fuego 8 ft heavy to throw 6.8-7.8 keitechs and 8” huds, or should I just go with the Daiwa DX swimbait rod in 8ft heavy, I’m on a budget, just trying to get the most bang for my buck.

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The DX to me runs a little underpowered. I first purchased the heavy and sold it to get the XH. You could throw the Keitechs easily with the heavy. The Hudd will feel like a bit much on it imo. I finally settled on the Dobyns fury 8ft SB rod as my all purpose. Really great for the money. 

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Dobyns fury is a solid choice at $120. They have two models, a lighter and heavier model.

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I'd look at the 806 Dobyns Fury if I was you, I have the 795 for lighter swimbaits but for a hudd you want a little extra beef to get that jig hook planted. 

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6 hours ago, DINK WHISPERER said:

The DX to me runs a little underpowered. I first purchased the heavy and sold it to get the XH. You could throw the Keitechs easily with the heavy. The Hudd will feel like a bit much on it imo. I finally settled on the Dobyns fury 8ft SB rod as my all purpose. Really great for the money. 

Which diawa dx would you buy for 8 inch hudds? Xh or xxh?

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8" Hudds dry weigh is 4 1/8 to 4 1/2 depending on the ROF. Hudds fish heavier when wet and you need a swimbait rod with a top weight rating between 8 to 10 oz.

What reel and line to you plan to use?

Tom 

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20 minutes ago, d-camarena said:

Which diawa dx would you buy for 8 inch hudds? Xh or xxh?

XH will throw them no problems. 

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The 807 is recommended for hud fishing way over the 806.  The power is higher and the action faster from most people's analysis.  I have an 806 champion but use it for trebLe baits like glides and wakes.  If you like the 6 then you will want the 8 so just get the 807 to start with.

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6 hours ago, WRB said:

8" Hudds dry weigh is 4 1/8 to 4 1/2 depending on the ROF. Hudds fish heavier when wet and you need a swimbait rod with a top weight rating between 8 to 10 oz.

What reel and line to you plan to use?

Tom 

I am planning to run a Shimano Casitas and either straight 20lb mono or 65lb braid to a mono leader.

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13 minutes ago, Garrett Jornov said:

I am planning to run a Shimano Casitas and either straight 20lb mono or 65lb braid to a mono leader.

The reel is too small, too light and a mismatch for the rods, line and lures you are planning to use.

Tom

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15 hours ago, Angry John said:

The 807 is recommended for hud fishing way over the 806.  The power is higher and the action faster from most people's analysis.  I have an 806 champion but use it for trebLe baits like glides and wakes.  If you like the 6 then you will want the 8 so just get the 807 to start with.

Fury is not made in an 807 unfortunately and it sounds like the champion series is way outside what OP is looking to pay for a rod.

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9 hours ago, MassYak85 said:

Fury is not made in an 807 unfortunately and it sounds like the champion series is way outside what OP is looking to pay for a rod.

But at least he will know it's not the right rod, so then at least the expectations will change.  A lot better than saying it will work good then not leaving him disappointed.

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Megabass black jungle -8 ft swimbait rod paired with a daiwa shrapnel reel.  My rod has a 3/8 to 6 oz weight rating. this setup just launches into space.  if you're looking for something cheaper there is no better swimbait rod than Irod's genesis 2 bailey swim heavy or the swimbait X-heavy.  The bailey in swim heavy is named after Matt Bailey. you may have seen him and the owner of Irod Matt newman on stoked on fishing catching that world record spotted bass. at $149 nothing beats it.  If you have the money call tackletrap in alabama and telll him what you're looking for and trust him to make you a killer setup.  

For the reel , the daiwa ryoga shrapnel is amazing.  ive caught 40lb seabass on that reel . i can launch 3 oz baits 80-100 yards. it has no anti backlash. it costs $400 and is the best reel ive ever owned.   you can find one for $549 on ebay.

 

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On 6/22/2018 at 11:12 PM, Garrett Jornov said:

I am planning to run a Shimano Casitas and either straight 20lb mono or 65lb braid to a mono leader.

 

On 6/22/2018 at 11:26 PM, WRB said:

The reel is too small, too light and a mismatch for the rods, line and lures you are planning to use.

Tom

What do you recommend for a reel then?

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Okuma Guide Select 'a' 7-11 XH and a Shimano Cardiff 300 spooled up with 20# CXX.

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Shimano Cardiff 300 series round reel is ideal in the $110 price range.

I prefer Irod 8' XH swimbait rod for 8" Hudds and it balances with the Cardiff 300A reel nicely. Sunline Defier Armilo 25 lb, 165 yd spool fills the Cardiff 300A and is an excellent casting line for swimbaits.

Tom

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