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Rod Review


The Stowable, Powerful, Versatile 706CB from Dobyns Rods (continued)

Features: As with all Champion series rods, the 706CB features Kigan tangle free, stainless steel framed guides with SiC inserts. The reel seat is the popular Fuji ECS exposed blank seat, and the hook keeper is a standard closed loop design installed on the left side of the blank just above the reel seat. The rod is built with a full rear cork grip, and came with no rod sleeve for protection in the rod locker or when in storage.

Features Ratings for Dobyns Rods 706CB

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
3
1
16
25
6.4


This stick comes with a standard, closed loop hook keeper.

Design/Ergonomics: The 706CB is an anomaly of sorts. These days, rods that are capable of pulling a deep diving crank are super long - at least seven feet ten inches (7'-10") in length. The great majority of rods that long are a bit cumbersome to fish by your second or third hour chucking and winding deep diving cranks. This stick may not be as capable of launching your deep diving crank off to the horizon, but it's much easier to use in general because there's no extra length to get in the way of you moving around the boat, putting it down, picking it back up, swinging back to cast, etc..

Lab Results for Dobyns Rods 706CB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Dobyns Rods 706CB
1.98
Mod-Fast
5.2
6
0.19
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23

 


Dobyns Rods provides a nice accent piece at the top of the handle just underneath the fore-nut.

Because of its shorter length compared to traditional deep diving crank sticks, its better balanced making it feel light even if it does weigh over five ounces. Colors and graphics on the current generation Champion series rods are all the same with the woven carbon sleeve replacing what used to be a bright silver patch underneath all the rod's labels and specifications. This is a much cleaner, less distracting, more welcome design.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Dobyns Rods 706CB

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
4
3
16
20
8.0

Application: I've been talking about the 706CB as an alternative to the super long, unwieldy deep diving cranking sticks out there today. Realistically this stick can of course, do so much more. Too often anglers rely on the labels decaled onto their rods to tell them how to use their fishing rods. Remember, these are suggestions. Think of the 706CB as a heavy powered rod with a moderate-fast taper. Know that its sweet spot in casting range is anything over one half an ounce in weight (and if you want to stay within warranty, under one and a half ounces).


Dobyns Rods delivers another solid performing stick.

Realistically, because this is a graphite cranking stick and not glass, you can fish any number of techniques with this stick including pitching senkos, jigs, and soft plastics. What you lose in power for setting the hook (because of the rod's taper), you gain in the ability to fight your catch to your position without pulling the hooks out of its mouth. Bottom line is the rod can handle a wide range of baits during the cast and it gives you enough feel to fish a variety of techniques.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Dobyns Rods 706CB

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
4
4
22
25
8.8

Ratings:

Dobyns Rods 706CB Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nice, clean build 8.42
Performance This rod is capable of so much more than its ratings suggest 8.0
Price A good, but not great price point 7.0
Features Good basic set of features 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) A 7' stick that can handle deep cranking duties 8.0
Application Fished without the stigma of "crankbait rod" attached, the 706CB is capable of more 8.8

Total Score

7.77
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ A "short" rod that can be used with the new generation deep diving cranks - Considering some manufacturers are offering rods outfitted with SiC guides for under $200, just a little on the high end of the price curve
+ Really nice power curve  
+ More thank just a crankbait stick  

  


The 706CB from Dobyns Rods stowable, powerful, and yes, versatile.

 

Conclusion: If you enjoy throwing deep diving cranks, but are unable to stow the super long rods manufacturers are building for this purpose on your boat, Dobyns Rods's 706CB is a very viable alternative. Despite a lure rating of only up to one and a half ounces (1 1/2 oz), the 706CB is capable of launching many of today's LOUS cranks like Strike King's 10XD and can pull double duty as a swimbait stick (jig style and hardbodied baits with trebles). Need to change things up and pitch a Senko or soft plastic into a tight spot? The 706CB can do that too. Don't underestimate the power and versatility of a moderate-fast tapered graphite stick. The 706CB from Dobyns Rods stowable, powerful, and yes, versatile.

 

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