The Dobyns Champion Series
Primary Techniques: Crankbaits
Secondary Techniques: Lipless Cranks / Small Swimbaits
1pc. 8-17lb, 1/4- 1oz, Medium Mod-Fast Action
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All Around Crankbait Rod
I purchased this rod to throw primarily deep diving crank baits. I have been very impressed with the tip, parabolic bend through the rod, and the backbone in the lower section. This rod does well throwing 10 foot divers and also well throwing up to 20 foot divers. If you are looking for a rod to handle up to your 6xd, DD 22, etc... and also smaller divers such as sk 5 and 5xd series, then this is your rod! It also can handle a trap very well and gives you increased casting distance and backbone to rip a lure out of the grass. Excellent all around crank bait rod! Highly recommend.
The entire package
There were several features that I was looking for in a deep crankbait (12-20') rod and the 804CB meets or exceeds all of my expectations. Balance, Power/Action, and Length. Balance - Chunking heavy baits all day can be a chore, but the rod forward balance on this rod make it an easier task. Power/Action - this rod definitely lives up to its Medium Heavy power rating. When setting the hook, there is plenty of backbone to bury the big number 2 hooks of those deep divers and is still slow enough to keep the hooks buried when the a fish lunges near the boat. Length - an 8' rod is perfect for a couple reason: distance and rod loading ability. A long rod gives you the ability to launch those deep, heavy crankbaits a long ways, but a long rod also takes up more line and will load up a rod faster when a fish hits.
Lipless Crankbait/Medium Diver Rod
Most of the pros and weekenders have gone to 8' sticks for deep diving cranks. Got to this 8' 804CB for lipless cranks or medium running cranks (Deep Little N, Series 5, Wiggle Wart, 1.5DD) and reap similar benefits. Long rods with crankbaits allow for longer casts, deeper running baits, and less lost fish. With 1/2 oz lipless cranks, you can throw them insanely far and this rod has the perfect blend of power to snap baits free from grass yet enough tip to play fish without ripping hooks free.