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looking for a sensitive rod to cast or pitch jigs and texas rigged plastics, most of the time it will be 3/8 ounce. most of the time i will be casting. i have been using a johnny morris 7'2 MH, and it works great for pitching, but it is horrible for casting jigs. not using it for real heavy cover, mainly for casting into wood/laydowns.

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I like a more powerful rod than most, so I would go with the 744. I just ordered a 734 Savvy for basically the same things you described.

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I just got the 734 this year for senkos,,,,Think i would go with the 744 for what your looking for...Love the rod though

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Here's the problem with Dobyns rods ,especially in the south , the lack of Dobyns dealers has people guessing on which rod to buy ,there's just not very many Dobyn's dealers in the deep south FL, GA, AL..Your buying sight unseen.So basically you order one ,if its not what you thought it was gonna be, send it back for the other..Some people's idea of the "perfect rod" , is a broom stick to others.Unless I'm flippin, personally I like to fish with a rod that has somewhat of a parabolic bend to it , to launch my bait into the next county, accurately .Not bashing these rods , there fine rods ,but the lack of actual tackle shops that carry Dobyns rods in this part of the country is frustrating...Is it like this where you live ?

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Here's the problem with Dobyns rods ,especially in the south , the lack of Dobyns dealers has people guessing on which rod to buy ,there's just not very many Dobyn's dealers in the deep south FL, GA, AL..Your buying sight unseen.So basically you order one ,if its not what you thought it was gonna be, send it back for the other..Some people's idea of the "perfect rod" , is a broom stick to others.Unless I'm flippin, personally I like to fish with a rod that has somewhat of a parabolic bend to it , to launch my bait into the next county, accurately .Not bashing these rods , there fine rods ,but the lack of actual tackle shops that carry Dobyns rods is in this part of the country is frustrating...Is it like this where you live ?

yes it is like that where i'm at, i have no where to go test one out.

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I haven't fished with the 743, but the 744 handles jigs and plastics in the 3/8-3/4oz range very well. Even with a 1/4oz swim jig and small trailer it does pretty well, but ideally that would be the smallest weight that I would use on it.

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On my small scale, 1/4 ounce jig weighs more then a half an ounce with a trailer.

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It'll cast the 1/4oz jig just fine, just not as good as a lesser powered rod that will load more on the cast.

But you're talking about casting 3/8oz of lead plus the soft plastic bait, right?

You might want to try to find a dealer in your area where you can compare a 3 and 4 power side by side. Cabelas maybe? To me, the 3 power rods feels a little light for a 3/8oz jig and trailer.

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Go with the 744, it will also be surprisingly versitile. Wait for David to come through and comment or you could just message him.

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Yes 3/8 ounce lead, plus trailer. The Cabelas by me doesn't have the dobyns in store.

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I would personally go with the 744, I use it primarily for my 1/4-1oz jigs. I wouldn't pitch heavy jigs into dense cover with it if I had a choice however it will work in that situation. For me it's one of the more versatile rods I own as well. I have thrown spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, senkos, small swimbaits, toads, heavy dropshot, chatterbaits and spooks with the rod and loved it as well. I have used the 743 quite a bit and it is a great rod and is definitely more parabolic in action, if you like a lighter rod with a much more parabolic action, it may be a tough competitor. For what you've described I'm less concerned about casting it into the cover as I am about getting the fish out so I would definitely like the faster action and slight amount of increased power that comes with the 744. I hope this helps! Any other questions feel free to ask.

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