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#12647449 - 02/26/18 09:56 AM 8 Foot Rod.
Blindshot54 Offline

Registered: 09/06/16
Posts: 119
Whats the longest Rod you use? If you use one over 7 foot, what and why such a long rod?
How tall are you?


Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.
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#12647460 - 02/26/18 09:59 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
the skipper Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 3562
Loc: nederland, TX
I use an 8' for big swimbaits and it's either 7'10 or 7'11" for crankbaits. I'm not 6' lol

#12647485 - 02/26/18 10:14 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
SAKS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 973
Use 7'11" for throwing deep cranks and big swimbaits. I am 5'8" on a good day.

#12647492 - 02/26/18 10:16 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
Mark Perry Offline

Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51819
Loc: Highway 1
I have 8' rods I use for swimbaits, crankbaits and punching. They help make all 3 a lot easier for me.

#12647502 - 02/26/18 10:20 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
west tex angler Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/01/14
Posts: 575
Loc: azle texas
I use a 7'11" for serious flipping and punching. Also use for A-rig fishing.
PB 9lbs 13oz

#12647519 - 02/26/18 10:28 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
SoCal Tom Offline
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Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 9376
Loc: Garland, TX
I use an 8' rod for deep cranking. I'm 5'10"

3rd annual FFAC - October 20, 2018 - Lake Ray Hubbard

#12647521 - 02/26/18 10:28 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
bigbass94 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4226
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
7'7" for A-rigs and 10XD's. I'm 6'2". I only have 1 rod under 7' and it's a spinnerbait rod. I prefer longer rods.
"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." - Doug Larson

#12647532 - 02/26/18 10:36 AM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
Fishinfellow Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 3085
Loc: North Richland Hills, TX
I'm 6'6" but unless you're tossing around 12 inch huds, a 7'6" in whatever action will get the job done. I've got a couple 7'11" crankbait rods but my favorite one is a 7'6" for 6-8XD's and a 7'9" for 10XD.
Thats my money fish

Kris Winhold

#12647839 - 02/26/18 01:16 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
northdallasfisherman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 1316
Loc: north texas
I have a dobyns 8ft that i use for deep water c rigs and big ol spoons,,
My double digit with Mark Pack
LAKE FORK 11.57lbs 6/21/2013

#12647844 - 02/26/18 01:18 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
skeeterK Offline

Registered: 05/11/17
Posts: 318
Loc: Stagecoach, TX
I have 3 rod setups that are 9ft and I'm 6'-4".

(These are my fly rods but I still fish for bass from the front deck of my Skeeter.)

#12648006 - 02/26/18 02:43 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
dlwfish Offline

Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 280
Loc: North TX
I like my 8’ Dobyns Carolina rig rod...

#12648019 - 02/26/18 02:50 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
ThatOneBigKid Offline

Registered: 02/12/16
Posts: 40
Loc: Minnesota
I am 6'10". Longest rod I have is a 7'-10" MH Moderate for deep cranks.

Majority of my rods are between 7' and 7'-6". Only have one under 7' and that is my Jerkbait rod.
2005 Stratos 201 Pro XL - 2012 250H.O. Etec w/ 27p Fury - 1198's, 112lb Fortrex, 8' Talons

#12648151 - 02/26/18 04:19 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
bsouth401 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 1928
Loc: Texas
I have an 805 Dobyns crankbait rod that is awesome for throwing deep divers a long way allowing them to run deeper.
I have an 805 Dobyns Texas C-Rig rod that is great for makeing long casts, taking up the slack and using long leaders.
Then I have a 806 Dobyns swimbait rod that handles the big swimbaits and Alabama rigs.
When you use these rods you'll soon really appreciate the added length. I'm 6'2" but my oldest boy (Pake) is thirteen and is about 5'1" and he uses these rods all the time with no issues. In fact, he wants more longer rods. We fish a lot off shore and the longer rods are definately a benifit. However, if you fish in tighter to the shore or around cover or boat docks the shorter rods shine.
I remember the days when I thought a 7' rod was long and the 6'6" rods where just about the majority of what people fished with. Now the shortest rod in my day to day arsenal is 7'. In the end use what you are comfortable with.
Brian, Pake and Porter South

#12648185 - 02/26/18 04:49 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: west tex angler]
Thomas H. Offline

Registered: 05/22/17
Posts: 60
Loc: San Angelo
Originally Posted By: west tex angler
I use a 7'11" for serious flipping and punching. Also use for A-rig fishing.

I didn't know DFW area was considered west texas now.

#12648222 - 02/26/18 05:21 PM Re: 8 Foot Rod. [Re: Blindshot54]
1bassdaddy Offline

Registered: 10/13/17
Posts: 68
At times I fish more traditional techniques, but I'm primarily a swimbait guy. The shortest rods I use are Dobyns 795 MLSB for medium sized swimbaits and A-rigs. I also own various 8' swimbait rods from Dobyns including an 806SB and 807SB along with an 867 MAG and a 908 Ultra MAG that give me the ability to make long casts with my largest profile swimbaits. I have a couple of other 8' rods that I had custom wrapped because 20 years ago we didn't have access to quality production swimbait sticks that would effectively fish 8 to 10 inch baits.
I'm 6'4" and long levered but the length of those rods have much more to do the baits I throw than my physical profile.

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