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Alabama Rigs, Swimbaits
(verified owner) – August 30, 2023
Overall, the rod is great. I have used A-Rigs, swimbaits, and 5”-6” flutter spoons and all work and feel great! I think the cork looks beautiful. It does feel a bit “gritty” but that has no bearing on quality, just an opinion. I have three of these rods and I am very happy with them. Also…great rod for smaller glide baits and single hook large paddle tail swimbaits
(verified owner) – February 21, 2023
794.5 AR – Cobble Cork… I think the rod itself is amazing, but we are here to review the cork. I think the cork is holding up just fine after three days of moderate to intense use. At first I wasn’t too big of a fan due to the cork feeling a bit gritty and instantly had some of the pieces coming off after mild use. However, since that initial use, I haven’t noticed anymore pieces/chunks coming out of the cork. It does feel good when it gets wet, it’s still fairly tacky. It was difficult for me to give it 4 stars because I’m a huge fan of the cork that is currently offered on the champions, but I know this is a needed change due to raw material quality and prices. I wish I was able to test the other 3 versions to give more thorough feedback and comparisons. At the end of the day, this isn’t a bad option if Gary were to have to go this route, I just with the finish was a little smoother to touch is all. I hope this helps with the decision process going forward.
(verified owner) – January 22, 2023
Super lightweight! When setting the hook on the A-Rig, the feel and rod bend is out of this world! The long handle makes it comfy to fish with.
(verified owner) – January 15, 2023
794.5 AR – Cobble Cork again amazing rod, as far as the grip it has a nice feel, alittle tacky and a bit spongy when wet, after a bit of use it feels nice almost velvety when dry, seams to be all in tack and see no visible issues at this time with the grip material. I also have been using the736CB GLASS-Mossy Swirl in time for the fall feed and got some good use in on it, of course the rod was fantastic. As far as the grip I came to the same conclusion as Mark Voss’s assessment of it, he says it best in his review “had a considerable number of dark spots that upon closer inspection were actually holes and pits in the material ” and I also experienced a chunk taken out of the butt, I also fear this will just continue to degrade, I will update after further use. I also have been using the
(verified owner) – December 1, 2022
New grip feels & looks super nice! I threw an A-Rig yesterday for about 30 minutes & the new grip does not feel any different from my other full handle DOBYNS Champion XPs. Hopefully the new material will be sturdy & last a long time. Also the 794.5 is awesome… super easy to toss an A-Rig, lite weight & well balanced as with all my XPs. DOBYNS Team nailed it with this rod!
(verified owner) – October 23, 2022
New grip looks great first of all and it looks even better when cork sealed the cork feels better as well more of a grip only worry I have is how easy it will start to chip between the light and dark cork. It’s absolutely better than the old grips but it’ll take some time to get a idea of longevity
(verified owner) – October 10, 2022
I just purchased this rod to use for A-rigs and the magdraft swimbait. I paired it with a Diawa Tatula 200 and 18lb FC Sniper. I have only had it out once so far but here are my thoughts. The cork looks good and is ascetically pleasing to the eye. It is attractive and well designed. I had the chance to use it in both wet and dry conditions. When your hands are wet, or during wet conditions, the cork seemed to have a tacky feel to it, more so than plain cork. It aided in a better grip with throwing heavier baits like a-rigs. The tackiness of it really caught my attention and made me wish I had it on more rods than just this one. Later in the day when conditions were dry it had the same feel as a normal full cork handle. While I like cork handles on rods, this was a fine compliment to my Dobyns line up. I would not hesitate to purchase a Dobyns rod with this type of handle again. As for the rod itself, I was looking for a rod for a-rigs and magdraft style swimbaits and this rod fits that bill perfectly. So far I have only thrown an A-rig on it and it handled it like a champ. With the length I am able to get better distance per cast. It has the backbone to handle these heavier baits with no problem and get a good hookset. Keep it up Dobyns!!!
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