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Hey all, I want to start tossing some swimbaits, sub-2oz. I have acquired some smaller than 1.5oz, but was curious what rod, reel and line you'd recommend. Is a flipping stick sufficient for these without incurring the expense of a whole new rig? I was thinking 7'4-7'11 H rated for up to 3oz...like the 7'6 H Lightning Shock, 1/2-3

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The Shock would be a great choice since it is designed for braid so it has a little more flex than a flippin' stick. Plus it is very budget friendly and a very underrated rod IMO.

 

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That's what I was thinking. Think I'll try to find it locally.

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I went with the Daiwa DXSB swimbait rod. 8ft and rated for 1-4oz lures. It really chucks em. Action is great on baits at 1-2 oz. 

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If you want a all around rod the Irod IRG754F works good up to 2oz, or look at Dobyns Fury FR795SB as long as you aren't going over 3 oz.

Tom

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I have the Fury 795, I'd recommend it for sure for what you are doing. Although I disagree with @WRB on 3oz being it's upper limit, I fish a lot of baits in the 2-4oz range on it and don't feel like I'm maxing out the rod. I think it's 1-5 oz rating is pretty accurate, at least for treble hook baits. I'm not fishing 8" hudds on it by any means. 

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If you go much over 3 oz, use FR806SB for ease of casting and hook setting.

Tom

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I have the irod that Tom mentioned. Nice rod for a good price.

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Depends what baits you're wanting to fish. Treble hooked baits you'd do fine with that Shock but if you're going to fish a weedless 68 you'll be lucky to ever hook a fish. 

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Well @Bluebasser86, what would you recommend? I've also been considering a muskie rod for 2-10oz, 7'6" long.

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30 minutes ago, Drew03cmc said:

Well @Bluebasser86, what would you recommend? I've also been considering a muskie rod for 2-10oz, 7'6" long.

I'm telling ya man, give a serious look at the Daiwa DXSB if it's any way possible in your budget. I misspoke earlier when I said it was 1-4oz, mine is actually 1-6oz. 

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2 hours ago, Drew03cmc said:

Well @Bluebasser86, what would you recommend? I've also been considering a muskie rod for 2-10oz, 7'6" long.

Okuma Guide Select "a" Series Swimbait Rod 7'11" XH.  I have this rod, and it will do what you want it to do better than most other $125 options.

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3 hours ago, Drew03cmc said:

Well @Bluebasser86, what would you recommend? I've also been considering a muskie rod for 2-10oz, 7'6" long.

What type of baits are you fishing? Like I said, treble hook hardbaits and line thrus you can get away with a little undersized gear, but not with jig hooks or seedless baits. The Guide Select from Okuma is great for the money.

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I'm looking to throw 6 to 9" soft baits, Citizens, Rising Sons, etc along with some SWaver 168, 7" Shine Glide, etc.

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41 minutes ago, Drew03cmc said:

I'm looking to throw 6 to 9" soft baits, Citizens, Rising Sons, etc along with some SWaver 168, 7" Shine Glide, etc.

IMO you need two different rods for what you described. An 8" WRS and a Hudd are in a completely different ballpark than a 168 S-waver. I use the 795 Fury for those smaller treble baits and a "brand that must not be named" 8'0" Heavy Fast 4-8oz for stuff like WRS, Hudds, bigger Real Prey's etc. because it is stiff and can ram home those jig hooks or big Owner Beast Hooks. The Fury is a bit more forgiving and I use it mostly for treble hook baits like slammers and s-wavers. 

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1 hour ago, MassYak85 said:

IMO you need two different rods for what you described. An 8" WRS and a Hudd are in a completely different ballpark than a 168 S-waver. I use the 795 Fury for those smaller treble baits and a "brand that must not be named" 8'0" Heavy Fast 4-8oz for stuff like WRS, Hudds, bigger Real Prey's etc. because it is stiff and can ram home those jig hooks or big Owner Beast Hooks. The Fury is a bit more forgiving and I use it mostly for treble hook baits like slammers and s-wavers. 

Thank you! You have given me more to think about. I appreciate it.

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The Okuma Giude Select A series swimbait rods are more moderate action and under powered for their rating IMO.

I owned a XH and sold it, replaced with a Irod 8' XH Swimbait Rod for 8" Hudds and find it's a decent swim bait rod for the price point using 4oz-7oz lures.

Treble hook swimbaits don't require the same hook setting power as heavy wire single hook soft swimbaits so you can get away with less power and a more moderate action rod. What most beginning swimbait anglers do is buy under powered rods that are too short to effectively luanch heavy lures long distances.

Tom

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Just now, WRB said:

The Okuma Giude Select A series swimbait rods are more moderate action and under powered for their rating IMO.

I owned a XH and sold it, replaced with a Irod 8' XH Swimbait Rod for 8" Hudds and find it's a decent swim bait rod for the price point using 4oz-7oz lures.

Treble hook swimbaits don't require the same hook setting power as heavy wire single hook soft swimbaits so you can get away with less power and a more moderate action rod. What most beginning swimbait anglers do is buy under powered rods that are too short to effectively luanch heavy lures long distances.

Tom

I can see how they would do that. Honestly, some of the choices are daunting. 

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