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Jig Rod Blank

Post by setsail26 » Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:11 pm

I'm looking to build a rod for casting 1/2 to 5/8 oz bass jigs with trailer into and around moderate weeds (generally milfoil). The top prospects on my list are the Point Blank 73MHXF and 73HXF. I have an NFC SJ 736 and while it it a great rod it doesn't have enough power for the thicker cover. Thanks for any opinions.

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Re: Jig Rod Blank

Post by Hogsticker2 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:00 pm

My choice would be the appropriate Point Blank blank. I would also consider something from the Phenix Umbx line. What are you looking for in a rod blank?

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Post by setsail26 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:51 pm

Looking for something between 7' and 7'6", light, sensitive, with a fast tip and good backbone to pop the jig off weeds without bending the rod double. I think the NFC blanks are too slow what what I want, and I know Point Blank has fast to extra fast blanks. I think if it were Phenix I would get a K2, but I suspect those are slower action than I would want for this purpose. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Jig Rod Blank

Post by Hogsticker2 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:37 pm

setsail26 wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:51 pm
Looking for something between 7' and 7'6", light, sensitive, with a fast tip and good backbone to pop the jig off weeds without bending the rod double. I think the NFC blanks are too slow what what I want, and I know Point Blank has fast to extra fast blanks. I think if it were Phenix I would get a K2, but I suspect those are slower action than I would want for this purpose. Thanks for your help.
The Umbx is going to have the fastest, most stiff tips of the bunch. I only have PB Xfast in ml and medium models, so I can't speak on that. The K2 is definitely slower than the others. The umbx is no slouch in the sensitivity department.

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Re: Jig Rod Blank

Post by bbates3 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:11 pm

73 heavy point blank is what you want


I’ve got all the 73’s it’s the one

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Post by setsail26 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:34 pm

I think I will be going with the PB 73H, but now I am curious about the UMBX. Are the ratings real, or are they rated higher than they can handle like some of the other Phenix blanks? Would a heavy rated Umbx be sufficient for 1/2 to 5/8 oz jigs?

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Re: Jig Rod Blank

Post by Hogsticker2 » Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:53 pm

setsail26 wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:34 pm
I think I will be going with the PB 73H, but now I am curious about the UMBX. Are the ratings real, or are they rated higher than they can handle like some of the other Phenix blanks? Would a heavy rated Umbx be sufficient for 1/2 to 5/8 oz jigs?
Definitely. You might even want the medium heavy. This is the one blank line for Phenix where the blanks aren't over rated. I'm pretty sure the medium heavy is quite a ways North of 500 grams of power, but I'd have to check. If it makes your decision any easier, I'd go with the PB 1ST between these 2 choices, as I prefer all characteristics of these blanks. They are indeed special.

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Re: Jig Rod Blank

Post by setsail26 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:50 am

Thanks everyone for the advice. Point Blank 73H it is.

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