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Hey guys,

I've decided for my next spinning rod I'll be getting a Dobyns Fury, I just cant decide which one. I mainly throw Senkos, weightless and wacky, ned rigs, and drop shots. Which one would you pick and why? Will most likely pair with a daiwa bg or fuego 2500.

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I have the 702 and use it for most of the things you listed. It excels with ned rig but works fine for other stuff like the senko too. If you're fishing a lot around heavy cover I would definitely go with the 703, but otherwise the 702 would be my choice.

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I have three buddies who were in the same situation as you are.  I let them each play with my 702 and 703 and all three chose the 702SF.  They each shared they liked the lighter tip but felt the the rod locked up with enough power to move fish or drive a hook home.   They each use braid and leaders and that means firmer hook sets. Something to consider.

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34 minutes ago, Columbia Craw said:

I have three buddies who were in the same situation as you are.  I let them each play with my 702 and 703 and all three chose the 702SF.  They each shared they liked the lighter tip but felt the the rod locked up with enough power to move fish or drive a hook home.   They each use braid and leaders and that means firmer hook sets. Something to consider.

I called Dobyns and the guy who I spoke to said that I should go with the 703, but just about everyone else I've talked to has suggested the 702, including the guys at Tactical Bassin.  Decisions decisions...

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2 hours ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

I called Dobyns and the guy who I spoke to said that I should go with the 703, but just about everyone else I've talked to has suggested the 702, including the guys at Tactical Bassin.  Decisions decisions...

 

Josh, I see you fish the Potomac and the cover, vegetation is pretty thick.  It could be that little extra power is a benefit for you and where you fish.  Better to be slightly over powered than under powered.  You would be well served by either model.

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21 minutes ago, Columbia Craw said:

 

Josh, I see you fish the Potomac and the cover, vegetation is pretty thick.  It could be that little extra power is a benefit for you and where you fish.  Better to be slightly over powered than under powered.  You would be well served by either model.

I only fish the Potomac from time to time,and when I do it's for cats and carp. I usually fish golf course ponds and small lakes with sparse cover. I agree that its always better to be over powered then under, I want this setup to work for all my lighter techniques and I'm worried the 3 power might be a bit heavy for ned rigs. If you had to choose one for any situation which one would it be?

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*Here is what Gary says himself about the 702sf & the 703sf : For open hook presentation (i.e. Ned Rig , drop shot , etc.) go with the 702sf. For hook points buried into soft plastic (i.e. shakey head , T-Rig , Fluke , etc.) go with the 703sf.

I believe this is a good rule of thumb (along with open water or cover scenario considerations).

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15 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

*Here is what Gary says himself about the 702sf & the 703sf : For open hook presentation (i.e. Ned Rig , drop shot , etc.) go with the 702sf. For hook points buried into soft plastic (i.e. shakey head , T-Rig , Fluke , etc.) go with the 703sf.

I believe this is a good rule of thumb (along with open water or cover scenario considerations).

After fishing with a champ 702 and champ  683, i would agree. I just picked up the 702 laat week, and used it today, and it handled casting the lighter ned rigs much better than the 683. On the 683 i stuck more with the 1/5oz neds, but today on the 702 i had no trouble at all with 1/20oz and could bomb a 1/5oz. I tried a senko texposed on the 702, and it was ok as well in open water, but the 683 was better in junk fishing. Both rods have a plueger supreme with 15# braid, so it was a pretty even comparison i felt. 

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Personally I would get the 703. Granted I've only ever used 2 and 3 power Dobyns Sierra rods and not the Fury's, but I actually recently swapped my 2 power for the 3 power and I've been enjoying it significantly more. I don't do a ton of super finesse fishing, mostly light t-rigs, wacky rigs, shaky heads, and ned rigs, which is why I think I like it more. The 2 was super whippy and felt more like a light than a medium light to me, but if you do mostly exposed hook fishing like drop shots and ned rigs, then the 702 should work just fine. I believe the 703 is more versatile, I could definitely use it for a drop shot and other more finesse applications in a pinch.

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I bought a 702 Sierra during the last TW sale and have it paired with a Stradic Ci4+, it's my dedicated ned rig setup. 

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2 minutes ago, TBAG said:

I bought a 702 Sierra during the last TW sale and have it paired with a Stradic Ci4+, it's my dedicated ned rig setup. 

Do you think itd work for other techniques too? Or is it to light for senkos and such?

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6 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

Do you think itd work for other techniques too? Or is it to light for senkos and such?

I've not yet tried to fish a weightless Senko on it, but I'm sure it would be great. 

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Tough call and depends on what techniques you feel you will be concentrating on or enjoy more. I have fished 702, 703, and 704 in the extreme series. The 703 is perfect for all of the techniques listed, not bad for ned rig, and probably too heavy to be great for drop shot like the 702. I don’t drop shot so I bought the extreme 703 and have been very happy with the results. 

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