http://www.tackletour.com/reviewdobynsm ... sbrod.html
This goes back a decade ago and at the time Mike was well respected for his giant bass catching capabilities, and we also spoke to him at industry events about the design of these rods. The recent article and video by SDFish.com captures a series of events, and behaviors, that are extremely disappointing for any angler that enjoys the sport of fishing, and especially the pursuit of trophy class largemouth. For anglers, the joy and challenge of making countless casts with big baits is fueled by the dream of enticing a proper strike, and landing one of these unforgettable fish.
We know that Dobyns rods severed ties with Mike years ago, and like other manufacturers, outdoor media, and anglers, many people believed in Mike’s bass hunting abilities, and are likely just as disappointed. Over the years we have fished the signature rods mentioned in these reviews, and even purchasing a few more ourselves for use in other big bait reviews, and while we still believe in the rod’s capabilities we do have to now question what was originally told to us about the layout and designs of these signature rods.
Where the Mike Long Signature on the original rods used to be a positive reminder of the passion in which to pursue big bass, it now serves as a reminder that it is important to pursue these fish, and treat others, with integrity and respect. As with all of our reviews we hope that you, the angler, can extract the points that are meaningful to you, and your unique applications. For those anglers that have purchased the original signature series rods we hope that you continue to enjoy each cast, and every memory that a swimbait fish brings. For us, we no longer feel motivated to utilize them, even for future bait testing purposes, and will be donating all of them to up and coming young anglers that will be able to put them to good use. - Z
Excellent way to add a silver lining to a very disappointing story. Thanks for sharing this.
currently have the funds to purchase a new swimbait rod.
I wonder if Dobyns would exchange it????