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#11228222 - 11/16/15 08:40 PM Big Swim Baits, What rod?
1 Oar Offline
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Bought some Deps Swimbaits. What rod for 175. What rod for 250? Tired of dinks. Biguns or Nuthin.......
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#11228259 - 11/16/15 08:55 PM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Registered: 01/09/04
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I use the Megabass Orochi XX Leviathan. Love it. Just got the Leviathan in the Levante series and it's great. It's 199.99
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#11228491 - 11/17/15 12:05 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
Evan O'Brien Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
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Loc: Lake Fork, TX
Recently, there are a number of options for "big" swimbait rods.

I haven't gotten to try them all obviously, but I n my experience... G. Loomis GL2 SWBR956 is as as close as you can get to a custom big swimbait rod... Dobyn's 867 is on par as well.

Also, I'd recommend a Dobyns 806 swimbait rod (3-8oz Rating).. It is a great all-around-rod for everything from heavier hudds to hollow bellies to 10XD's, to a-rigs.. All while delivering enough parabolic action and cut off point to land those fish on baits with treble hooks as well as the backbone to drive in a hook set with a 3-8oz bait.

Just do your research!
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#11228506 - 11/17/15 01:12 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Registered: 07/06/10
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Loc: Frisco, TX
iRod Jr. Swimbait rod for the Deps 175 and iRod Jumbo Swimbait rod for the Deps 250. These are awesome rods for the money.
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#11228612 - 11/17/15 06:42 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4027
Loc: somervell county
Just put together a Daiwa Luna 253 with a Dobyns 795SB in the Fury series. Pretty sweet setup without a huge investment.
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#11228634 - 11/17/15 07:04 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 1875
Loc: Emory Tx
We have a beast of a rod at the shop, come by and take it out, see if it fit's your needs.

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#11228684 - 11/17/15 07:26 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
DrewG Offline
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Registered: 03/14/13
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Loc: Katy, Texas
You really need two rods to throw a 175 and a 250. The Okuma guide select series, now changed to guide select "A" series are fantastic rods for the money.

Generally speaking, youll need an H for the 175 and XH for the 250. The good news is, 6" hudds are great on the H and 8" hudds are great on the XH. A 250 really needs a rod with a sweetspot in the 5-6 oz range to throw comfortably, and those rods wont load up with a 175. Good news is, you get to buy 2 new rigs!

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#11228698 - 11/17/15 07:37 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12204
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Rods I use for big swim baits

Shimano A-rig rod. 7ft 9in. for the lighter stuff.
The following are for the heavier swim baits.

Loomis 8ft Salmon bounce back rod
Dobyns 7ft 9in swim bait rod. This rod is made with two different handle lengths. I have both but like the shorter handle version better.
Falcon Cara 7ft 9in (retractable) swim bait rod.


I use a Lews super duty on the Shimano, a Daiwa Luna 203 on the Dobyns and the Luna 253 on the Loomis and the Falcon.

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#11228774 - 11/17/15 08:01 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
Amberlamps Offline
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Registered: 10/02/13
Posts: 271
Loc: Austin, TX
I throw both of those baits on a dobyns 806. Like someone already mentioned the 806 will also handle 8" hudds just fine.
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#11228849 - 11/17/15 08:30 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: DrewG]
phototex Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
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Originally Posted By: DrewG
You really need two rods to throw a 175 and a 250. The Okuma guide select series, now changed to guide select "A" series are fantastic rods for the money.

Generally speaking, youll need an H for the 175 and XH for the 250. The good news is, 6" hudds are great on the H and 8" hudds are great on the XH. A 250 really needs a rod with a sweetspot in the 5-6 oz range to throw comfortably, and those rods wont load up with a 175. Good news is, you get to buy 2 new rigs!


This.
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#11228962 - 11/17/15 09:13 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
BigTex9 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 145
Loc: Rockwall, Tx
I have the Dobyns 806 rated 3-8oz, and it handles 8" hudds perfectly. I feel like I could use a little more backbone for the Deps 250, but it will do the job. I don't know that I would feel comfortable throwing anything truly 8 ounces on that rod. I really like how the blank loads up, but I've had issues with insert coming out. If you only have one swimbait rod, and you're out to swimbait fish and nothing else, a broken insert will ruin your day...just something to consider.

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#11228976 - 11/17/15 09:19 AM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Rogue 796, 807, 808

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#11229304 - 11/17/15 12:01 PM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
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Loc: San Antonio, Texas
G. Loomis IMX Swimbait Rod

I'd go with the IMX 955C SWB. It's what I use, and I've had good success with it this Fall so far. I've been throwing big Huddelston swimbaits and the rod has performed flawlessly. It's such a nice rod and I can't describe to you how sensitive it is. It's got a longer handle so you can launch any bait you put on the end of your rod. It pairs well with any reel you put on there and it's just a great rod all the way around.
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#11229596 - 11/17/15 02:40 PM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: bigbass94]
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Originally Posted By: bigbass94
G. Loomis IMX Swimbait Rod

I'd go with the IMX 955C SWB. It's what I use, and I've had good success with it this Fall so far. I've been throwing big Huddelston swimbaits and the rod has performed flawlessly. It's such a nice rod and I can't describe to you how sensitive it is. It's got a longer handle so you can launch any bait you put on the end of your rod. It pairs well with any reel you put on there and it's just a great rod all the way around.

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#11230064 - 11/17/15 07:12 PM Re: Big Swim Baits, What rod? [Re: 1 Oar]
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Originally Posted By: 1 Oar
Bought some Deps Swimbaits. What rod for 175. What rod for 250? Tired of dinks. Biguns or Nuthin.......


My money is on "Nuthin".I have seen you in action.
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