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Is a heavy frog/Flippin rod overkill for Minnesota

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I have been looking at many different rods and what I should have thought of before was if a heavy rod is to stiff. I have watched a lot of videos on frog rods and most people say to just get heavy rod with fast action. I narrowed it down to a 7’3” mag heavy dobyns fury if I get a heavy rod but I wanted to hear from other northern anglers if that is to stiff for up north. Rod recommendations would be great too. Maximum price of 130$. Most weight I would use will probably be 3/8-1 1/2 oz

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Fury 735? Sounds lovely. I find plenty of use for heavy power rods in MI. We get some nasty pads in summer.

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I’m in Wisconsin. The biggest baddest Flippin stick in the world won’t get em out some days. That said, I use a heavy most of the time. The important thing is to have a rod that has power to pull the fish from cover, but still stay loaded up when the fish is free from cover. I’d say a heavy fast will do the trick almost anywhere. I’m using a 7’4” H fast St. Croix Mojo and really like it for all heavy applications.

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12 minutes ago, r83srock said:

I’m in Wisconsin. The biggest baddest Flippin stick in the world won’t get em out some days. That said, I use a heavy most of the time. The important thing is to have a rod that has power to pull the fish from cover, but still stay loaded up when the fish is free from cover. I’d say a heavy fast will do the trick almost anywhere. I’m using a 7’4” H fast St. Croix Mojo and really like it for all heavy applications.

I was looking at getting that rod earlier but I saw reviews that said it didn’t load very well so you couldn’t really cast a frog anywhere. Is that true for you? Thanks for your input

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Heavy rod for flipping/frogging? Yes. That's what my Fuego setup is primarily for...pulling them out of the weeds when they burrow in.

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I'm in southern Indiana and find that the 735 is a super versatile rod. Frogs, swimbaits, jigs, and pitching, just to name a few techniques. I can throw a frog farther than ill ever need to with my 735 and 50lb braid. 

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I own two of the 735s, and I'm from northern Indiana. As CroakHunter said, they are pretty versatile. I mainly use them for frogs and a 3/4oz to 1oz punching. Honestly the 735 is probably in my hands for 80 percent of my fishing from May to October unless I'm going for smallmouth.

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3 hours ago, Curlyfishin said:

I was looking at getting that rod earlier but I saw reviews that said it didn’t load very well so you couldn’t really cast a frog anywhere. Is that true for you? Thanks for your input

I think I loads very well, but prefer a bit stiffer rod. Throws a popping spro 50ish yards with 65lb power pro and a Daiwa Fuego CT. I’m sure I could cast further with a full spooled reel. I have thrown 3/8oz jigs and it’s as light as I’d go. It’s perfect for jigs in the 1/2-1oz range. I have fished the Avid X version and the power and action is very similar, with the avid x being a bit better balanced. Throw a full sized reel on it though and it will balance fine. It’s not nearly as stiff as the first gen mojo slop n frog, which was a 7’ heavy. It’s actually pretty parabolic on the hookset, which I like.

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6 minutes ago, r83srock said:

I think I loads very well, but prefer a bit stiffer rod. Throws a popping spro 50ish yards with 65lb power pro and a Daiwa Fuego CT. I’m sure I could cast further with a full spooled reel. I have thrown 3/8oz jigs and it’s as light as I’d go. It’s perfect for jigs in the 1/2-1oz range. I have fished the Avid X version and the power and action is very similar, with the avid x being a bit better balanced. Throw a full sized reel on it though and it will balance fine. It’s not nearly as stiff as the first gen mojo slop n frog, which was a 7’ heavy. It’s actually pretty parabolic on the hookset, which I like.

Have you ever used a 735 before and if you have would you say it is worth the extra 30$ to get the mojo 

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16 minutes ago, Curlyfishin said:

Have you ever used a 735 before and if you have would you say it is worth the extra 30$ to get the mojo 

No, I cannot say I have. I know that model gets a lot of reviews. My bass club gets 25% of st. Croix so that is my first choice. If it helps, or makes things worse rather, my dad owns a Powell Inferno 7’3” Heavy Fast. That rods is a touch lighter than the mojo, but also a bit lighter on power. It’s very nice in its price bracket as well. Rods in the 100-150 range are going to be pretty good regardless of brand.

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Im a Minnesota guy and use a lot of different Heavy rods.  Our state weed is milfoil ;) and there’s a lot of good fish in there.  My main flipping rod is a Dobyns 746 and it is NOT too heavy.  

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I live in VA and have a frog tied on pretty much from april to october and i got the dobyns fury HF rod to use for fros and it has done a great job.  I wouldn't want a heavier power myself

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