Rods and nets how long is too long ?

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Kayak Model: Kraken 15.5
Location: Christchurch

Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:15 pm

With Boaties starting to show a preference into longer softbait rods are Yakas doing the same thing now ? And I guess getting around the rod length issue with longer and or telescopic landing nets ? Or is there still a preference to under 7'


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Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:09 pm

I like taking 2 rods with me, one purely for SB with 10 or 12lb leader and fairly light tackle and one "heavier" rod for trolling, casting in a workup and other general duties.

My heavier rod is a Pflueger 7'6" that I got from MadMike and i quite like it. Have had no issues with the extra length and can cast quite a bit further with it. The only part that's not so comfortable is that it has a long butt (whatever you want to call the section of the rod that's your body's side of the reel). But for me that's a problem on some other, shorter rods as well and as far as I understand from AWondering, that's a personal preference - some people like long butt's and some like short butts (on their rods and on their women).
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Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:01 pm

Currently using a 7" rod for soft-baiting, then a 7" and a 6.3" for slow jigging.

Jigging is where it's at though, probably spend 90% of my time with that now.

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Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:31 am

My favourite ( only used once |( ) OH micro jig/sb rod is 8' long and my sb spin rod is 7' 8" . both are managable , neither have longish butt sections. The extra leverage the fish apply makes them feel bigger! :D

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