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Hello all,

 

I am looking to get a 7 ft heavy rod for frogs and punching at the bass pro spring classic. What would be on everyone’s reccomendation? I’ve been looking at the St Croix Mojo bass or Bass X, or a Shimano SLX.

 

Thanks

Pat

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I dont know how it would be for frogging but the Dobyns Fury 7'3" mag heavy seems to be rated pretty highly for punching.

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Out of the rods you've listed I would go with the mojo. From experience I would say that the SCIII blank is worth the extra money over the SCII blank. A rod that I would also throw into consideration would be the Abu veritas. Ive had one from every generation without a problem. I recently got a 7/m and so far it has impressed me

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If you are not set on 7' Dobyns Fury FR735C is a very good all around bass rod for your applications @$119, 7'3".

Tom

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Go with the 736C for your applications over the 735C if you want to go with Dobyns, but the St Croix Mojo Bass and SLX are also incredible rods too. Decisions, decisions. Goodluck.

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3 hours ago, Patrickcatalano said:

Hello all,

 

I am looking to get a 7 ft heavy rod for frogs and punching at the bass pro spring classic. What would be on everyone’s reccomendation? I’ve been looking at the St Croix Mojo bass or Bass X, or a Shimano SLX.

 

Thanks

Pat

FYI, the SLX doesn't come in a 7' heavy. If you want heavy, you'd have to jump up to 7'2".

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39 minutes ago, Stephen B said:

Go with the 736C for your applications over the 735C if you want to go with Dobyns, but the St Croix Mojo Bass and SLX are also incredible rods too. Decisions, decisions. Goodluck.

Didn't know there was a FR 736 C ?

Tom

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41 minutes ago, WRB said:

Didn't know there was a FR 736 C ?

Tom

I didn't know that either. I don't see one on the Dobyn's website.

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736c is a Champ series, great multi purpose stick for heavy work but well out of the price range...

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4 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

I dont know how it would be for frogging but the Dobyns Fury 7'3" mag heavy seems to be rated pretty highly for punching.

 

Great budget rod for frogs, heavier pitching/punching and stuff. I had one for a good long while. I’ve since upgraded my arsenal but I still have both my 733c and 735c sitting on the rack just in case I ever need them. 

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With the choices the OP listed, I would go with the Dobyns for balance and less fatigue if flipping all day.  St. Croixs are thick, tip heavy meat sticks to me.  Last year, I sold my SC Legend Tournament Bass Frog Rod for that reason.  I checked out a similar AvidX and it felt the same, heavy and unbalanced.

 

It may surprise some people but I have 2 frog rods I much prefer and are less expensive.  One is an ALX out of your stated price range, but the other is only $100 and it was far better/lighter than the St. Croix.  It would be longer so you may not want it but it’s the Tatula “XT” 7-4 Heavy.  Extremely underrated stick IMO. 

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I don't know if it is still made, but a few years ago I picked up (on sale for $80) at BPS a 7' KVD MH full cork handle rod, 4.9oz, rated at 1/4-1.5oz and that thing is a brute for throwing frogs and anything else into nasty stuff.  If he really had a hand in designing it he really knew what he was doing.  It was sold as a worm rod. 

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Fitzgerald vursa is hard to beat in that price range. I like it over my champ 735 which absolutely mind boggling

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