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#12817949 - 07/06/18 06:14 AM Nube question on rods
SgtRudy0351 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/03/18
Posts: 4
So Ive decided to get into Kayak fishing, gonna get the Feelfree Lure Tandem, and I was wondering if rod length matters from sitting in a kayak. I fish 7'ers all day from a boat, but do I need to go to a 6'6" or 6'er from a kayak? just wondering

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#12817963 - 07/06/18 06:44 AM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Loc: Kansas
It's a matter of personal preference. Some people use a long rod in case the fish crosses the front of the bow. I use rods from 5'6" to 7' and don't think length ever really mattered when I had a fish on.

But it could be a good excuse to buy some new rods.

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#12818002 - 07/06/18 07:30 AM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
Brad R Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1895
Loc: Texas
I generally prefer short rods unless I am making long casts to cover water.

But, I fish shallow more than deep, cover more than open water, finesse more than power . . . so the advantages of a short rod from a kayak, for me, greatly outweigh a longer rod.

Accuracy, power, wielding/controlling/positioning the rod itself while seated . . . these are a few advantages. Big advantages.

One stated disadvantage? That a short rod won't clear the front of the bow if a fish swims across starboard to port or vice versa. This has literally never been an issue for me. And, for the few cases where I have to manage it, a big bass will take off directly under the mid-ships area of my canoe/kayak and, here, a short rod is much preferable to a long rod to control the fish. The extra power, too, means you can direct the fish a bit better as it comes in alongside.

One of my faves is a 5'6" M power St. Croix rod. It'd be my favorite. I rarely don't have it on board.

Brad

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#12818031 - 07/06/18 07:55 AM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
Clay34 Offline
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Registered: 01/17/09
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Loc: Wisconsin
I like this guy and find that he is a wealth of information. Here is ONE guys take on rod selection for a kayak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytOABklf95g
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#12818116 - 07/06/18 09:09 AM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: Tallgrass05]
lconn4 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tallgrass05
It's a matter of personal preference. Some people use a long rod in case the fish crosses the front of the bow. I use rods from 5'6" to 7' and don't think length ever really mattered when I had a fish on.

But it could be a good excuse to buy some new rods.


Agree its a personal preference. cheers There are situations where each will have advantages and disadvantages depending on where and how you are fishing.
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#12818176 - 07/06/18 09:56 AM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
SgtRudy0351 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/18
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Thanks Gents... all good points. I will watch that vid

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#12821817 - 07/09/18 03:48 PM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
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#12821906 - 07/09/18 05:17 PM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: SgtRudy0351]
Todd™ Online   content
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Registered: 01/21/11
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Loc: On my kayak
Fish with what you've always used. No advantages in using shorter rods and your 7 footers should clear the bow if needed.
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#12822211 - 07/09/18 08:53 PM Re: Nube question on rods [Re: Todd™]
awdieee Offline
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Registered: 12/28/09
Posts: 737
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Todd™
Fish with what you've always used. No advantages in using shorter rods and your 7 footers should clear the bow if needed.


This! That being said ALL my rods are minimum 7fters to easily clear the bow.
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