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I want a longer Rod
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:40:46 PM »

After checking out each rod in my rack, I have developed are severe want for a frog rod that can also provide services for flipping and pitching.  At this point this is in the want category but rapidly approaching the need category.  I guess this is somewhat like a tropical storm turning into a hurricane.  You can see it coming and the forecasters are indicating that it will become a hurricane.  Well that is where my mind is at this time.

I started investigating what options I may have that might be a suitable resolution to my problem.  Although I do have a couple rods that could be used for this purpose they just are not the best tools for this application.  During this time I have looked at a multitude of rod providers information.  The stock answer seems to be that a five- power rod that is at least 7’3” will get the job done even though a bit longer rod might be better in some situations.  My current stash of rods only contains one rod at 7’ while most are 6’8” or less.  Most of the rods are really meant for lighter applications and although I have used them for frog fishing they are not really intended for that use.

Having received guidance from multiple sources and having a chat with Dobyns Rods, my search has landed on a Dobyns Fury 735C.  At $109.00 it is priced at a point that I am willing to pay but the overall length of this rod means that it won’t fit into my rod rack and It will not fit on the deck of my old Ranger without being subject to the possibility of damage.  I have inquired about using a 705 model but in reality it just is not designed for my intended use but it would work.  Well Hells bells I already have rods that “would work” but as you know good enough seldom is.

The fact is I need about three more inches to accommodate my want.  The boat deck is not going to magically grow three inches and my rod rack and ceiling height is not going to grow another three inches.  Now what do I do?  I really want the 735 but have to come to grips that special handling on the deck and in the rod rack will be required.  I have to ask myself it is really worth it.  Since I am not willing to compromise with the 705 do I just forget about the 735 or should I find a way to accommodate the longer rod.  Here is the other side of the coin.  I really only want the new rod for the upcoming Guntersville rally and a special Santee trip that the wife and I have planned for our 50th anniversary.  Since my new Daiwa reels seem to be great for flipping and pitching will I use the new rod more than I think while fishing my normal local waters.  I guess the argument I am having with myself could go either way.  The only thing I know at this moment is that if I get a rod it will be a Dobyns.  I have ruled out all other providers at this time.
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 12:42:52 PM »

This is one thing my wife would agree with...

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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 12:47:35 PM »

This thread has a lot of potential.

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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 12:54:23 PM »

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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2017, 12:57:49 PM »

Bud,

I have several 7'3" rods. I use them for pitching, frogging, jigs and swimbaits. They are great for most everything on a boat.

Problem is, I am on a boat about 5-10 days a year. I bank fish the rest. I have recently moved to using 7' and 7'1" rods. I'm enjoying them more and more. I honestly can't see a difference in casting distance or line pick up compared to my longer rods.

If I had it to do over again with my 3 LSCR's that are over 7', I'd make them all 7 footers. Just food for thought.
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 01:30:25 PM »

Get a collapsible rod  :-\
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 01:36:42 PM »

Get a collapsible rod  :-\

Was thinking about that.  What is your recommendation?
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 04:22:03 PM »

Was thinking about that.  What is your recommendation?

Let me do some calling around
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 04:33:30 PM »

Bud, I think every man wants a longer rod...............even the ones who don't fish.  ~shade
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 04:49:55 PM »

Bud, I think every man wants a longer rod...............even the ones who don't fish.  ~shade

That took longer than I thought it would. lo

My neighbor has St. Croix that is collapsible and it feels great in the hand.
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 08:04:05 PM »

That took longer than I thought it would. lo

My neighbor has St. Croix that is collapsible and it feels great in the hand.
Did u really just say that?

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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 08:10:06 PM »

Smallie said that Not me. I'm a good boy. >:D
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 02:43:41 AM »

Bud I have a 17 1/2 foot Lowe aluminum bass boat and just like you I have a definite 7 foot limit in my rod box.
My decision was simple for me. I will not own a rod that is too long to fit in a locked rod box!
I travel too often out of state and do not want to worry about rods being available for thieves.

I wanted the Champion XP DC 735C. I was prepared to pay the Champ price.
I decided to get the Champion XP  DC 705C.  It is an awesome frog and flipping rod.

I had even talked to Gary about it and he said "unless I had fished one of his 7'3" rods I would never miss the difference" I guess he is right.  I love the 705C.  If you go that route I think you may forget the "sorta good enough" feeling you have right now. The rod just works!  It throws a Strike King Popping Perch or a Pad Crasher super easy!  It has a great tip and a ton of backbone! I would expect the Fury rod will come very close to the same end result.

By the way my reel that sits on it is a Daiwa Tatula Type R in 8-1 Leftie. It is one of the original (larger bodied) size not a CT. I also own some CTs and they would be fine on there as well.
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2017, 04:37:44 AM »

Fishandkamqp, you really nailed my feelings about the rod.  You are right that my feelings were in the sorta good enough category.  I am encouraged by your description of the 705 and just may have to go that way.
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2017, 06:22:11 AM »

Smallie said that Not me. I'm a good boy. >:D

Yes, but you're the one who said you handle your neighbor's rod.  :o ~shhh
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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2017, 06:40:56 AM »

Bud, most of my fishing rods are between  7'3" - 7'6", and I have a small 16ft aluminum boat where the rod locker only accommodates rods that are 6'6"  I believe. I carry 5-6 rods with me on my outings. The point I'm trying to make is that you can have very nice fishing equipment if your very careful on how you handle them on the boat. Get the rod that "you" want.
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2017, 08:11:17 AM »

All my rods are 7'-7'6" and I fish out of the back of Lou's boat. I usually have 4-5 rods with me. Our rods are all crossed up. But we are careful. Accidents can happen but if you're really careful you shouldn't have a problem having a 7'3 rod on your deck.

Heck when I fish out of my 15ft jon that has a deck my rods are bunched up under my console and the points are facing up and forward. I can't just switch rods real quick. I have to take my time, be careful and pull out one rod and put the other one into the bunch. But so far my rods have survived.

I also have a Mustang, my rods go in through the trunk, and slide to the right of my passenger seat between the seat and the door. I can fit 5-6 rods in there, I just have to be careful with them.

I say get the rod you want. Is there any way you could transport that rod without it being inside the rod locker? If so then go for it! If there is absolutely no way to transport it then stick to the 7' rod.
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2017, 09:54:01 AM »

Telescoping rods are getting harder and harder to find. 
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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2017, 03:53:37 PM »

Telescoping rods are getting harder and harder to find.

Especially at Bud's age.


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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2017, 03:56:43 PM »

Especially at Bud's age.


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Re: I want a longer Rod
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2017, 04:02:39 PM »

hey you young guys, Us old guys can still get it done.  We just avoid all that icky stuff like hugging and kissing.  We just have to move fast before we forget what we were doing.
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« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2017, 04:04:45 PM »

Hey I thought we were talking about fishing rods...

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« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2017, 04:11:03 PM »

We are.  At my age we just don't like to kiss or hug our fishing rods anymore.  But....I can still get it done on the lake.  Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.
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« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2017, 04:27:58 PM »

Nice save Bud lol

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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2017, 07:49:19 PM »

Bud, in my 16' boat I have to be careful with most of the rods I have, easy to do. In the mancave I have a hard time with rods over 7' the ones I have I put a long shelf along one wall and keep them there, being tight to the wall over my benches they are out of the way.
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