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    Swim Jig rod???

    Guys I am looking back on my season and I lost a couple key fish in 3 different tourneys on a swim jig and I am thinking about switching Rod action for next year.Currently throw mostly 1/4oz and occasionally 3/8oz on a loomis bcr853GLX with 50lb braid. I was thinking I might try the new 894JWR GLX. Any opinions would be appreciated.

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    IMO the rod u have is fine, a heavier action is not what u Need in my opinion.

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    The extra fast tip on the BCR 853 GLX isn't my favorite for swim jigs. In a 3 power Loomis, the MBR 843 GLX is a great swim jig rod. If you said you threw 3/8 oz to 1/2 oz most of the time, I'd agree that the new 894 JWR would be a great choice. It may be a little on the powerful side for a 1/4 oz swim jig though...
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    I like a slightly delayed hookset on my swimjigs...just because of the fact that they have a weed guard. I find myself setting the hook too early and losing the fish because I didn't give it enough time to swallow the bait. I have a Dobyns Champion 705CB that I have used for small swim baits and swim jigs this year and I couldn't have been happier with it!
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    I have been using a IMX 843 with 50lb braid for 1/4oz swim jigs and it works well.

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    The dobyns 705 cb as stated above is an ultimate swim jig/squarebill rod. It has the strength to keep em out of the thick stuff but a forgiving enough tip to keep from pulling hooks.
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    Depending on how you are losing them (how fast you set the hook) I would say more than likely you need a lower action rod is the main concern as others have mentioned - ESPECIALLY with braid. I am a braid fan and when it comes to moving baits you either need a looser drag or one action softer than usual IMO and if you are fishing near cover you do not want to get too light on the drag.

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    I use a dobyns 734 champ most of the time. 733 also works for 1/8-1/4 oz swim jigs. If you want a little slower the 733-734 savvy or coalition is another great option. 50 lb braid, just lean into the hook set and they are yours. I have used the crankbait rods in sparse weeds/open water but like a little more power in heavier weeds

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    I can't remember the last time I set the hook or lost a fish on a swim jig, if the hook is sharp a steady pull into the fish is all that's needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjpatton View Post
    I use a dobyns 734 champ most of the time. 733 also works for 1/8-1/4 oz swim jigs. If you want a little slower the 733-734 savvy or coalition is another great option. 50 lb braid, just lean into the hook set and they are yours. I have used the crankbait rods in sparse weeds/open water but like a little more power in heavier weeds
    That one. I use the 734 Coalition for the majority of my swimjigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjpatton View Post
    I use a dobyns 734 champ most of the time. 733 also works for 1/8-1/4 oz swim jigs. If you want a little slower the 733-734 savvy or coalition is another great option. 50 lb braid, just lean into the hook set and they are yours. I have used the crankbait rods in sparse weeds/open water but like a little more power in heavier weeds
    same here...I don't get the whole swinging for the fence some guys I fish with do on swimjigs.. Same way with cranks don't get it. I just lean into and its usually going in the boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_lb_sack View Post
    I can't remember the last time I set the hook or lost a fish on a swim jig, if the hook is sharp a steady pull into the fish is all that's needed.
    same here...I don't get the whole swinging for the fence some guys I fish with do on swimjigs.. Same way with cranks don't get it. I just lean into and its usually going in the boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakyhead10 View Post
    same here...I don't get the whole swinging for the fence some guys I fish with do on swimjigs.. Same way with cranks don't get it. I just lean into and its usually going in the boat
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    haha how'd you know

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    I will add to the Champ 734 crowd. I have been throwing swimjigs a good bit with it lately and it loads up on them just so nicely. You will love this rod! I had the GoPro running just the other day and here is a screen shot of a nice 3lb Alabama spot loading up that rod on the strike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elhoward622 View Post
    I will add to the Champ 734 crowd. I have been throwing swimjigs a good bit with it lately and it loads up on them just so nicely. You will love this rod! I had the GoPro running just the other day and here is a screen shot of a nice 3lb Alabama spot loading up that rod on the strike!
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    I have a 734 Champ and a 744 Extreme Dobyns that I plan on playing around with this year for swim jigs. I am just getting into this technique, and I haven't had much success as of yet, but hopefully I will get it dialed in the more I play around with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elhoward622 View Post
    I will add to the Champ 734 crowd. I have been throwing swimjigs a good bit with it lately and it loads up on them just so nicely. You will love this rod! I had the GoPro running just the other day and here is a screen shot of a nice 3lb Alabama spot loading up that rod on the strike!
    Yeah, I tried casting holding the tip end, but the cork end didn't cast well.