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I am a bank fisher, and currently have two rods. My go to rod is St. Croix Bass Mojo drop shot spinning rod. I do a lot of finesse fishing because I fishing mainly on a small heavy pressured lake and some game land ponds. I want to do more frog fishing, this place is packed with matted grass and pads. My second rod is a Medium Heavy Daiwa casting rod from Walmart. It works, but it’s not the best and definitely not what I need for frogs. The rods I kind of have my eye on are the St. Croix Bass Mojo (I do like my spinning rod, but I think I want to try something else), the Dobyns FR 735c, Veritas (just because Dicks sell it and I don’t got to order offline), and the KastKing Speeddemon. I don’t know too much on the KastKing, I’ve used their braid for years and like it. The rod looks nice and seems to a lot of bells and whistles but I don’t know how the blank itself handles. If anyone can provide input it would be appreciated, I am looking to stay under $130. 

 

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Since you are moving a frog rod a lot, I'd opt for the FR735, light, balanced and powerful. 

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I’d look into the Powell inferno. It’ll have a couple of options for a frog rod that will still be sensitive enough to be used for jigs or heavier baits

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4 minutes ago, SMITTY0045 said:

I’d look into the Powell inferno. It’ll have a couple of options for a frog rod that will still be sensitive enough to be used for jigs or heavier baits

He could score an endurance right now at the TW sale for about $120.  Just ordered a couple of the crankers.

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I have used both the Mojo and Dobyns Fury. I love the Fury. Can’t say enough of good things about it.

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Is your Walmart Daiwa a Jupiter?  If so, I can see why it wouldn't be optimal in a place that is packed with matted grass and pads.  I really like mine.  I bought it in Florida and keep it there.  It sees plenty of use throwing worms into lily pads, but I don't think it has the backbone for frogs in heavy cover.  A Daiwa rod that you should be able to find within your price range that is a capable frog rod is the 7' 4" HF Tatula.

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I frog fish a lot. This is what I have. I paid $100 for it, but right now it's on sale at $79.99. I've been using it for a few years now and I highly recommend it. And you'll still have $40 in your pocket for some really cool frogs. You can spend more, but you won't get much more of a frog rod for your money. Now, if you want the rod to pull double duty and be used for another technique, this is not the rod for you. It's stiff as a pool cue and that's necessary for getting the bass turned your way and dragging them out of vegetation.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/fishing-rods/casting-rods/pc/104793480/c/104764680/sc/104823180/cabelas-tournament-zx-bass-casting-rods/1619298.uts?slotId=2

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1 hour ago, new2BC4bass said:

Is your Walmart Daiwa a Jupiter?  If so, I can see why it wouldn't be optimal in a place that is packed with matted grass and pads.  I really like mine.  I bought it in Florida and keep it there.  It sees plenty of use throwing worms into lily pads, but I don't think it has the backbone for frogs in heavy cover.  A Daiwa rod that you should be able to find within your price range that is a capable frog rod is the 7' 4" Tatula.

Yeah it’s the Jupiter. Nothing terrible with it, hasn’t held together well but serves as a good multipurpose rod. 

I did check out the Tatula’s in the store they are a little pricey and I’m not to sure what the difference is with the XT model.

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13 minutes ago, Dante12 said:

Yeah it’s the Jupiter. Nothing terrible with it, hasn’t held together well but serves as a good multipurpose rod. 

I did check out the Tatula’s in the store they are a little pricey and I’m not to sure what the difference is with the XT model.

In store you are probably going to pay full price.  Got mine for about $100 Online.  I can twitch a frog with it barely moving.

 

See if you can find a post by ww2farmer and send him a PM asking if the Aird X 7' HF would work.  I've no experience with that line, but he does and has said they are fantastic rods for the money....fishing way above their price point.

 

My Jupiter is several years old, but only sees action when I visit Florida.  So far no problems with it.

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At that price point, Fury 735 or Daiwa DX. You can save 15% off either at TW if you order before the sale ends today....

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16 hours ago, SMITTY0045 said:

I’d look into the Powell inferno. It’ll have a couple of options for a frog rod that will still be sensitive enough to be used for jigs or heavier baits

Stopped in at my locate field and stream and they have the 704 there. I really liked how it felt, I was looking for something a bit longer than 7’. This one also had the extra fast tip. Just curious if someone could comment on it, and if it should be ok casting distance wise 

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11 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

 

 

See if you can find a post by ww2farmer and send him a PM asking if the Aird X 7' HF would work.  I've no experience with that line, but he does and has said they are fantastic rods for the money....fishing way above their price point.

 

 

Not only will it work, but it is a fantastic frog rod for the money. It's the one rod in the Aird X lineup that seems to be true to it's power rating. Where as the M spinning rods I have are more like ML power, and the MH casting are more like M power. That's not a bad thing, just a "now you know" type thing. 

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4 hours ago, Dante12 said:

Stopped in at my locate field and stream and they have the 704 there. I really liked how it felt, I was looking for something a bit longer than 7’. This one also had the extra fast tip. Just curious if someone could comment on it, and if it should be ok casting distance wise 

As a bank fisherman, you are already where many boaters are trying to cast their frogs.  Start right in front of yourself so you don't scare that 10 lber away that was under the rod tip before you dragged that 3 lber in that you caught with a 70 yard cast.  :D

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Very good tip /\

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