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So I tried a 110 WP last year and loved it.  But I can't decide what type of rod to use.  I first tried a 7'6" MH/F and loved how far I could launch it, but missed several strikes from what I believe was too fast of a rod.

 

My other time using it I put it on a 7' Cabelas crankbait rod.  I felt I lost about 30-40% of my casting distance but landed almost every fish that hit it.

 

So what types of rods are out there that will let me chuck this thing a mile, bit still have a slow enough action to not rip the bait out of their mouth?

 

 

Follow up, there is a new Curado split grip coming out that is a 7'6" Med/Hvy with a moderate fast action, this may fit what I am looking for, anyone see one in person yet?

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I’m throwing my WP 110s on a dobyns 736cb Glass and so far I can say it’s been the perfect rod. The backbone is plenty heavy to handle these baits (rated 3/8 to ***/8 oz) and the softer tip allows you to accurately cast around cover. The glass component of the rod really shines when you are fighting a fish. I feel that I lose far less fish on this rod than any others that I’ve tried. 

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1 hour ago, DropShotHotShot said:

So I tried a 110 WP last year and loved it.  But I can't decide what type of rod to use.  I first tried a 7'6" MH/F and loved how far I could launch it, but missed several strikes from what I believe was too fast of a rod.

 

My other time using it I put it on a 7' Cabelas crankbait rod.  I felt I lost about 30-40% of my casting distance but landed almost every fish that hit it.

 

So what types of rods are out there that will let me chuck this thing a mile, bit still have a slow enough action to not rip the bait out of their mouth?

 

 

Follow up, there is a new Curado split grip coming out that is a 7'6" Med/Hvy with a moderate fast action, this may fit what I am looking for, anyone see one in person yet?

I throw them on a 7 ft 1 Mh/fast rod and haven’t missed any.  I use a st croix and it has a soft tip for a fast  Or if I have something else tied on I use the dobyns fury 705CB rod.  Both are good.  Those trebles on the ploppers are big and sticky!

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Actually, that makes sense. Your first rod is longer. If all else is equal, the first rod should outcast the shorter rod for something heavy enough if the lure is within the weight range for both rods. 

 

The 6” difference imho is the reason. 

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I use a Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth 6'10" MHMF rod, and love it.  it is dedicated to ploppers now.

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Falcon has the BuCoo SR 7'3" Med Hvy that might fit the bill.  It is mod/fast and can handle lures ranging from 3/8-3/4oz

 

Edit: and a 7'6" if you want a little bit longer rod for better casting distance.

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I don't throw a lot of Whopper Ploppers but I use a Mojo Bass topwater rod.

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I use a 7' MH/F for the 110 with a 8:1 reel and 20lb braid. Just reel into the fish when they bite and then sweep when they load up. Lots of missed fish will come back repeatedly as long as I don't jerk the bait away. 

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*A cheap experiment would be trying to loosen your drag to give slightly when setting the hook OR just do what Bluebasser86 does.

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I'm going to be the odd one out here, but I like using a Medium/Fast rod for my topwater baits.  

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I use a 6'10" MH/F action casting rod for my WP75 and WP90

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I use MH swimbait or crankbait rods with 30 braid..I often swap out at least 1 treble hook

I do like using combinations of EWG and round bends 

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I only recently bought a few WP's and have only tried  a WP 90 so far on my BPS Carbonlite 2.0 MH/Fast rod. Was a quick 1 hr trip to lake to see how WP's work.  Caught a 4oz or so bass with it. Was fishing from shore in a no surface structure area to prevent snags. Guess it was the nursery area as I had a couple more little ones take swipes at it.

 

I'll probably try again next time I take the kayak out. Love throwing lipless so I'll probably alternate back and forth between the two.

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8 hours ago, FrankN209 said:

I use a Powell Diesel 7' M Glass to throw my 110's. Works good. 

I used to have that rod it was a great set up. I wish they would bring back the diesel.

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All of my ploppers go out on a 7' medium Carbonlite baitcaster with 17lb XL mono. 

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St Croix Mojo Glass rod for me. Great at keeping the fish pinned after the strike.

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On ‎10‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 10:13 AM, MrFrost said:

I'm going to be the odd one out here, but I like using a Medium/Fast rod for my topwater baits.  

I'm with MrFrost on this. A 7' medium action. I'd say my hookup ratio is very close to 100%. You don't even set the hook. The fish bites, and you just keep reeling.

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I have been using a St. Croix Legend Glass M Mod.  So far it's been a perfect match for the Whopper Plopper. 

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Gloomis E6X 7'4" Med Hvy 884C SWBR, rated 1/2 -2 oz.   Moderate graphite rod, works great for 110 and 130 size ploppers both.   60 lb braid, cinch your drag down and boat flip every one.  

 

Long enough to cast far but moderate fast lets the fish engulf it and roll cast around cover easily.   Most of the fish I catch are both hooks across the face.

 

Good luck!

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You are just quick on the gun bro. We all get excited when we see that fish attack our piece of plastic. Let him take it first. I know its hard to do but dont set until the rod loads either by the weight of the fish or you reeling down on him. You will get it. I'd hate to see you get a rose just for this. Buy one for all treble hook applications such as the dc765cb. Awesome sensitivity and a very versatile rod.

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I switched over to a 7’3” MH/mod-fast Lew’s TP1 perfect crankback rod from a 7’1” MH/F Cabela’s Tournament ZX and haven’t lost one since. 

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I use a ALX Rods ZOLO Toadface when I'm throwing a WP. It's a 7' 2" MH+ fast action but it has a soft tip. That slows reaction time and allows the fish to get the bait but has plenty of casting/hook-setting backbone as well.

 

https://alxrods.com/collections/zolo-series/products/zolo-toadface-72-medium-heavy-fast-casting

 

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