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Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:11:31 PM »

I wrote a pretty in depth review of the Dobyns Champion XP 736 CB. Spoiler alert, I liked it a lot. In fact I had nothing negative to say about it.

Check it out here http://ultimatebass.com/fishing/bass-fishing-resource/bass-fishing-product-review/dobyns-champion-series-xp-736-cb-glass/

Anyone else using this rod yet?
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2017, 04:56:55 PM »

Excellent write up, I don't have a glass rod yet but this makes the case to start  saving the nickels and dimes.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 09:55:23 AM »

I really like the Dobyns versions because of the graphite backbone. Adds strength to bow up on a bigun in the grass :-* They are also lighter than a full glass, and have a touch more sensitivity.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 02:35:46 PM »

Mike, I grabbed one the week they were released so I think that's well over a year now. I had heard Gary spent quite some time getting the action just right.  His effort was well rewarded and we get a special rod. The rod is very unique in that it has such great power while still being moderate in it's action. I know the model was focused on vibrating jigs but it is my go to rod for 1/2 ounce spinnerbaits and is superb.

I don't know if you've had the same question asked of you as me about the 6 power being too heavy and scaring guys a little bit.  It's hard to explain how the " crankbait powers" differ from all graphite sticks.  Once they feel it, they get it. It's great to see how much you appreciate the rod as much as I do. Your review is right on the money !

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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 03:21:07 PM »

Thanks Doug, and yep I've had the same questions about power. if you look at the champion 736C it will pull a truck out of the mud. It's hard for folks to wrap around the two different power ratings for CB's or full graphite's.  Holding it or making a couple casts and you can see the light bulb go off over their heads  ~shade
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 04:03:19 PM »

I have always preferred graphite/glass composite rods for certain techniques. Sounds like Gary found the perfect blend of flex and backbone that is missing in some other brands. I WILL own one eventually.  ~bb
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 04:24:10 PM »

Been using one since early spring.  Beast of a rod but yet very very nice feel wise.  handled a pre-spawn fatty...no issues whatsoever. 

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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2018, 01:42:12 PM »

am considering getting this for chatterbait since I throw alot of those.
Currently using the Dobyns Champion 734C

Is there any big difference that I should expect if i decided to switch over to 736 CB.
3/8 to 1/2oz is what I tend to use. What about the 735CB ?

How is the action on it since I'm hearing that it's actual being moderate when I would rather to have it at fast action.
 
734C to spinnerbait
736CB to chatterbait.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2018, 04:01:39 PM »

am considering getting this for chatterbait since I throw alot of those.
Currently using the Dobyns Champion 734C

Is there any big difference that I should expect if i decided to switch over to 736 CB.
3/8 to 1/2oz is what I tend to use. What about the 735CB ?

How is the action on it since I'm hearing that it's actual being moderate when I would rather to have it at fast action.
 
734C to spinnerbait
736CB to chatterbait.

I cant compare it to the 734 as I dont own one, yet.....
As far as between the 735 and 736 CB, Gary himself says there's only about half a power difference between them. I have really only fished chatterbaits and some deeper cranks on mine (736 CB). It is perfect for the 1/2 oz chatter baits to me and I see no reason why it wouldnt also be great for spinnerbaits. Also, the more moderate action really keeps the fish pinned. If a fish gets off from this rod, unfortunately we have to blame ourselves, not the rod. ;D ;D
Granted, I am comparing this rod to a Wright McGill CB rod and there is simply no comparison. The 736 is much lighter and thinner, way better action, (not just a noodle) and way more sensitive.
I really doubt you would be dissappointed in the 736 or the 735.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 05:24:29 PM »

The 736CB is going to be pretty close to the champ 734 in action.

The first thing I ask folks when they are looking at the 736 CB for chatterbaits is, do you pitch them at all?

If so I'd recommend the 735 CB, if it's all casting then the 736 CB. I still love this rod and still use it for a lot of different things. Slow rolling larger spinnerbaits as of late.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 06:57:58 PM »

Thanks Guys -

Mike - When you said pitch, were you referring that with chatterbait ?
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2018, 01:16:11 PM »

Just got off the Phone with Dobyns (great service) and told me that the 736 is the ticket :)



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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2018, 01:57:21 PM »

Awesome review Mike! This rod is on my must have list. I need this one, and the Extreme 743 to complete my arsenal right now.

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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2018, 08:40:18 PM »

Thanks for the review. This rod and the 704cb are the only two on my must have list right now.
If I only had more money. I guess one will wait till next winter.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 05:40:34 PM »

bait monkey got me :)

Just ordered one myself, I could not pass that mislabeled 736CB.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2018, 12:00:18 AM »

bait monkey got me :)

Just ordered one myself, I could not pass that mislabeled 736CB.

I felt the same way. Those are great deals.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 11:54:47 AM »

Thanks Guys -

Mike - When you said pitch, were you referring that with chatterbait ?

Yes sir.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2018, 10:00:16 PM »

Just received the rod the other day ... It looks good !

Now I gotta find a reel to match with it. Any suggestion ?

Thanks for this review !
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2018, 10:03:55 PM »

Just received the rod the other day ... It looks good !

Now I gotta find a reel to match with it :)

Thanks for this review !
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2018, 02:33:29 AM »

Its sorta on its way now. Decided to go with the 735cb as it will throw mostly 1/4-3/8 oz. baits.
Now here is a question.Could I throw swim jigs on this or stick with my Sierra 734c?
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2018, 03:21:35 PM »

Its sorta on its way now. Decided to go with the 735cb as it will throw mostly 1/4-3/8 oz. baits.
Now here is a question.Could I throw swim jigs on this or stick with my Sierra 734c?

Zippy I would say the 735 CB would be great for swim jigs, but it's going to depend on your hook set. With vibrating jigs its an open hook so it's easier to drive home. With a swim jig you have a weed guard and need a strong hookset. So I'd try it, but if fish were coming unbuttoned I'd go back to what you've been doing.

Now I gotta find a reel to match with it. Any suggestion ?

I'm a shimano fan and use a citica in 6 to one gear ratio.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2018, 07:13:51 PM »

My DC735cb glass arrived today. Now I was not sure what it would feel like as I have never held one. I expected a tip heavy flimsy stick.
The DC735cb glass blew my expectations away. Such a unique feel and action, not like the old glass rods not a Champion graphite rod. Somewhere where it belongs and not as heavy as I was thinking.
It felt comfortable but yet a little tip heavy, and I am splitting hairs.
Threw the Daiwa Tatula svtw in 6.2/1 on it and balanced much better with the extra weight.

I was really blown away with the feel and action and it threw a bandit 200 a country mile. actually into the street, Glad a car wasn't coming.

Can't wait for the weekend to throw it in some water.

And Mike I think it will make a great swimjig rod.
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2018, 08:26:54 AM »

Good deal, thanks for the early impressions, please keep us posted after you get it on the water :-*
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2018, 09:34:27 AM »

Nice review.  I am using the 734C Champion for Chatterbaits.  Looking for a replacement for my 705cbmf glass.  Want a longer rod for mid to deep crankbaits.  Do you think the 736 cb glass will do that well too?
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Re: Review of the Dobyns CHampion Series XP 736 CB
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2018, 09:57:10 AM »

I would think it would work well for it but since your used to the 5 power in the 705cbmf I would recommend the 735CB. That is unless you're wanting more back bone in your cranking needs.  :-\ then the 736CB would be the way to go.
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