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Can I throw a one and 3/8oz swimbait on a Dobyns Fury 735c?

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Not sure if this goes in Fishing Tackle or Fishing Rods, Reels, Lines, and Knots but here goes.

 

I recently found a Westin Hypoteez ST swimbait in my cupboard that I forgot about, must've gotten it from mystery/lucky tackle box because I don't usually fish swimbaits. The rod with the highest lure weight rating I have is my Dobyns Fury 734c (lures from 1/4oz to 1 oz), but according to the packaging the lure weighs one and 3/8 oz. Would I generally be okay casting it on this rod or should I avoid it until I get something that's better able to handle the weight? The rod is paired up with 30lb braid, if that makes a difference at all. Like I said, I never fish swimbaits unless it's a little paddletail on a swimbait hook.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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If you're going to fish bigger baits a lot, you should get a more appropriate rod. If you're just wanting to fish this one lure some, the rod you have will be fine. Just don't try to muscle it when you cast, use a more gentle lob cast. Also, big baits and braid, especially lighter braid, don't mix well. Don't be surprised if you make a cast and see you lure snap off and fly away. 

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It’ll probably be fine, until it’s not. 

 

That’s a lot more weight than the max for that rod. Big baits require dedicated gear. 

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As originally suggested, with a smooth lob-cast, you should be okay.  It will not be ideal, but should be manageable.  Casting distance won't be as far or accurate as you would get with a more suitable rod.

 

I have exceeded the ratings on my rods by a larger margin than you're suggesting and gotten by.

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Title says 735, body states 734. In either case can you? yes, would you want to? probably not, more so with the 734. In a pinch, sure, on an ongoing basis, I'd find a sturdier stick to do that with. 

ps: no knock on Dobyns sticks, I'm a fan.

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As someone who has multiple Fury 735c's ..1 3/8 is a bit much for it. The sweet spot for that rod is 1/2-3/4. It will fish down to a 1/4 and up to 1oz fine, but not ideal.

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