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#11093567 - 09/09/15 09:50 PM Dobyns or Duckett?
TanHner36 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/03/15
Posts: 1015
Loc: Houston, TX
I'm looking to update some of my rods and everyone on here seems to really like Dobyns and Duckett but I've never fished with either of them. Most of my rods are Abu Garcia Vendetta or Veritas and while I like them I feel like there are quite a few rods that are better. Would love G. Loomis rods but they are a bit out of my price range.

What makes Dobyns and Duckett such great rods? Any other good rod suggestions?

#11093615 - 09/09/15 10:24 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
OnEm247 Offline

Registered: 03/23/15
Posts: 226
Loc: Tyler
I do not own dobyns only because at the moment I cannot afford xx combos at 500 a pop but dobyns champ series and duckett shouldn't even be used in the same sentence, but that's just my humble opinion. That I also happen to believe is more like fact. Go with the champ and don't look back!

Edited by OnEm247 (09/09/15 11:43 PM)

#11093646 - 09/09/15 10:49 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
lodell23 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/14
Posts: 745
Loc: Denton TX
Wouldn't even compare the two. Dobyns all the way
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#11093655 - 09/09/15 10:54 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: lodell23]
airforcefishin Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/16/13
Posts: 1296
Loc: Houston, tx
Originally Posted By: lodell23
Wouldn't even compare the two. Dobyns all the way
champ or champ extreme all my old gear got stolen and this is what I buy now. Love em

#11093670 - 09/09/15 11:14 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
jbcarroll3000 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 933
Loc: Denton, TX
No comparison. I bought a couple of micro magics and a couple of Dobyns a year or so ago. I've since purchased quite a few more Dobyns (probably too many), and only use the Ducketts for things like topwater and spinner baits. For anything where I like any sensitivity whatsoever, the Ducketts just don't do it for me--moving baits and reaction type presentations only.

#11093675 - 09/09/15 11:23 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
Kevin Bryant Offline
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Dobyns by a LOT.
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#11093687 - 09/09/15 11:43 PM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
bassdoode Offline
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Registered: 02/06/12
Posts: 605
i've had some of both. IMO ducketts seem very inconsistent. Sometimes you'll get a great rod and other times setting a hook on a 1 pound fish will snap it in two different places. Dobyns are very good rods, built very well. The effort put into their rods shines. very very sensitive rods. and yes, I am affiliated with dobyns but i'm not going to tell anyone what they have to buy, alot of guys shove their sponsors products down others throats and call it "promoting". everyone is different, and have their own opinions and preferences. I would recommend going fishing with some buddies that own both and try them out! see which suits you best.

Edited by bassdoode (09/09/15 11:45 PM)

#11093708 - 09/10/15 12:04 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
crankbait745 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
Posts: 831
Loc: Forney
I like my ducketts.

#11093737 - 09/10/15 01:24 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
DevinJoe Offline

Registered: 06/19/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Lake Fork, TX
I HAD a white ice ducket. When it broke on a a hook set 3 months later. I replaced it with a dobyns. Both were rods I've never used before. I like the dobyns way way better and will be buying more dobyns

#11093824 - 09/10/15 06:52 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
J-BURN Offline

Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 295
Loc: Denton,Tx
Got them both, Dobyns for sure.

#11094112 - 09/10/15 09:25 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
Bass Buster1 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 1705
Loc: Denton
Not Duckett!
See you on the lake and have a great day!

#11094113 - 09/10/15 09:25 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
Bossbowman Online   content
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 3179
Loc: Hill county
I have both as well, kinda apples and oranges and it depends which price point your looking at, both companies have three grades of rods from affordable to top-end. As far as both companies top end rods, dobyns make the superior product of the two but its much much more expensive, for what your getting for the $$$ its hard to beat duckett IMO.

Edited by Bossbowman (09/10/15 09:25 AM)

#11094119 - 09/10/15 09:28 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
Blayne Wallace Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 505
Loc: Fort Worth
Dobyns' warranty is what was the biggest deciding factor for me. That and the sensitivity is hard to beat.

#11094252 - 09/10/15 10:27 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: TanHner36]
Bassthumb: Phill's Guide Svc Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 1402
Loc: Little Elm
My ducketts are [censored]. The guides always have issues. I've warranties a couple now. I'll be switching back to flacon. I don't think in an afford dobyns
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#11094284 - 09/10/15 10:41 AM Re: Dobyns or Duckett? [Re: Blayne Wallace]
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Originally Posted By: Blayne Wallace
Dobyns' warranty is what was the biggest deciding factor for me.
It was for me too when I bought them, and it is now again (in the opposite direction) since I've found out the warranty isn't all it's cracked up to be. They can change the $ for the replacement fee anytime they want, start charging for shipping, and let dealers opt out of providing warranty service without any consequence. I have savvy, champion, and champion extreme Dobyns and have also used Duckett rods (never owned one). IMHO, The Duckett is better than savvy and not as good as champion or champ extreme series Dobyns. But it's cheaper than both, and the value that Dobyns used to offer before their warranty changes has been greatly minimized. So my vote would go to the Duckett out of these two. Although if you want the best rod $ can buy for less than $400, the Dobyns champ extreme are unbeatable.

Also, Dobyns has a problem with their guides that has cost me some big fish. Until they get that sorted out, I won't buy any more. I've got 3 Dobyns and had half a dozen guides replaced, and I don't fish them hard at all (probably don't fish more than 20-25 days a year tops). I've got Berkley lightning rods, $40 Shimano rods, St. Croix, etc. that all have much more time on the water and have never had a guide replaced. I'm not sure why I've had so many problems with guides on the Dobyns rods, but I lost the biggest fish I ever had hooked because a broken guide cut the line and it's just tough to have faith in the rod after that (this was the champ extreme 745). It leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you spend $300+ on a rod and don't trust it.

All that being said, if you do decide to buy Dobyns, don't buy them from oak ridge at fork. You're from Houston, so that's probably not a factor. But it's worth saying.
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