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Looking for suggestions on a new frog and top water rod. 7' 1" to 7' 3" for the frog and 6' 6" for a top water. I have a duckett now for my frog rod but I hate it. My top water is a lews 6' 10" but the tip hits the water when trying to work spooks. Would like to spend under 200 for both.

 

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So sounds like you just want a shorter tip for your topwater rod, what lure range are you looking for?

 

What did you hate about the Duckett rod?

 

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Just now, Junger said:

So sounds like you just want a shorter tip for your topwater rod, what lure range are you looking for?

 

What did you hate about the Duckett rod?

 

The Duckett I have is very difficult to walk a frog it feels like a broom stick. I have M fast for the top water now, its for small spooks, poppers and whopper ploppers.

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A shorter rod can help with walking any bait including a frog. I find I can get in a rhythm better. I use a 6’6”mh mojo for any walking bait, I don’t walk a frog in real heavy cover though. I throw a frog often on my 7’1”mh bass x, and if it’s real heavy cover I throw it on my 7’4” H mojo. All rods mentioned are available in the St. Croix BassX lineup at $100.

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I’m personally not a big fan of St. Croix in anything more powerful than a Medium, tend to be tip heavy, fatiguing to me.  I actually sold my SC Legend Tournament Bass Frog Rod as a result.  I use a Tatula 7-1 Heavy, half the price and so much better, walks frogs very well.  The Tatula XT is at the $100 price point and comes in a 7-3 Heavy and is also a good rod for the money.  

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I'd recommend the shimano slx rods in the length and action you want for each application.  As for the frog rod, I've found it's a lot more about leaving slack in the line than the tip to get a frog to walk easily.  Frog fishing is my favorite technique.  I use a 7'2 med hvy jig/worm rod. Its stout but has a lil softer tip

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6 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

I’m personally not a big fan of St. Croix in anything more powerful than a Medium, tend to be tip heavy, fatiguing to me.  I actually sold my SC Legend Tournament Bass Frog Rod as a result.  I use a Tatula 7-1 Heavy, half the price and so much better, walks frogs very well.  The Tatula XT is at the $100 price point and comes in a 7-3 Heavy and is also a good rod for the money.  

I don’t disagree with you on the legend tournaments, some of those models are terrible tip heavy. I actually like my 2nd gen mojos more that many of the legend tournaments Ive handled. I’m in St. Croix country, so natural I’m only going to recommend tools that I use. I’d love to handle some of those Tatula rods locally, everyone on here raves about em, but unfortunately I have no place locally that handles them.

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I don't have any great recommendations for you, but I can say, in agreement with Fry's assessment, that my 7' MHF Premier feels tip-heavy, and is fatiguing to use as a frog rod. I used it for about 2 hours one day, first time I had tried it, after about an hour and a half of trying other techniques (straight retrieve or twitching) and my hand was destroyed the next day, very stiff. I have since learned to walk by palming the reel as normal but extending my index finger up onto the blank/cork above the reel. It gives me more leverage and doesn't strain my wrist as much, I've found. Still, I'm looking for a lighter rod for frogging. I'm using a Bantam with it which isn't exactly a light reel and it still feels tip-heavy, so, hopefully that gives you some idea.

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