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Hey guys! I’m wanting to get into swimbait fishing, and I’m having trouble figuring out which rod to get. I’m looking at the Diawa DX swimbait rod, and I’m looking to throw hud 6” and 68’s and s-wavers. The MH is rated for 1-6 oz and the H is rated for 2-8 oz. I’m wanting the MH because of the weight range but I’m afraid that it is not going to have enough backbone for the huds. That’s the reason I’m looking at the H, for the backbone. Thanks for your help!

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If you don't plan to go to 8" Hudds or similar sized swimbaits I would get the MH. None of the baits you listed are very heavy. I don't have any experience with that particular rod but those baits can be thrown on heavy flipping sticks. The MH should also work for a-rigs.

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16 minutes ago, Dylan Warren said:

Okay thanks, are there any recommendations for reels, I was looking at the Cardiff but the ratio is kinda slow for glides.

I was deciding between the Cardiff and the Daiwa Tatula 200 for my swimbait setup. Decided on the Tatula. Haven't used it yet, but I love Tats, plus I think I'll like the profile better than the Cardiff (which also sounds like a great reel). 

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If you prefer low profile reels and plan to only use swimbaits or glide baits under 2 1/2 oz why look at 8' long swimbait rods? You can't palm a reel effectively with 8' swimbait rods or get a good hook sets.

Speed kills when fishing swimbaits like Hudds or S-Wavers, it's different mind set. 

Irod 7'8" jr MH swimbait rod is a better combo with Daiwa Tat 200 reel. If the Daiwa DX MH 8' swimbait rod is your preference the Shimano Cardiff 300A is a better match.

Tom

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7 hours ago, Dylan Warren said:

Okay thanks! What rod did you decide on?

Dobyns Fury 7'9" Medium Heavy Swimbait Rod. 

 

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13 hours ago, NorthernBasser said:

Dobyns Fury 7'9" Medium Heavy Swimbait Rod. 

 

I bought the same one when AmericanLegacy had the 20% off sale. Have you had a chance to test yours out yet? I haven't gotten back on the water yet so mines still in the shipping tube for now.

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9 hours ago, kenmitch said:

I bought the same one when AmericanLegacy had the 20% off sale. Have you had a chance to test yours out yet? I haven't gotten back on the water yet so mines still in the shipping tube for now.

I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Our lakes are iced over. :(

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