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Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! #14094303 08/13/21 09:03 PM
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New guy to these forums, thanks for having me! I have recently picked up a buddy's older boat, I have restored it and now I’m aiming to get back into the hobby of bass fishing after decades away. Everything is different, it seems and WOW(!) so much more costly!
While most of the changes are pretty cool (amazing electronics and boats) a few things seem a bit odd.
The one that has be scratching my thinning scalp today is the current look and design of fishing rods.
Way back in the day when all the rods had the same or similar longish cork handles, sometime in the mid-seventies we were wowed by the new 'pistol-grip' bait-casting rods...so maneuverable! So easy to flick! No more hitting my belly with the butt of the rod!
And now that I've taken a peek back into the sport, guess what? EVERY rod out there has an extra foot of rod sticking out the back!
I went to the nearest Bass Pro and marveled at the fact that 100% of their rods (must be thousands, right?) all share the design.
So tell me, enlightened modern anglers.... what's the attraction of the "bob-weight handle" ?




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Re: Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! [Re: MrSurly] #14095288 08/14/21 09:02 PM
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I hated pistol grip rods. After a day on the water my wrist would be killing me.

Normal rods are more comfortable and better balanced. They are easier to cast accurately, and they allow for a much better hookset. IMHO

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Re: Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! [Re: Lee Finlay] #14095333 08/14/21 09:50 PM
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Interesting. Just curious, do you find yourself actively gripping that extended part or is it more the passive ‘balance’ it provides?
We always used the long handles of course on alll our saltwater stuff and also on any bigger tackle like striper rigs.
It was only for flipping that we switched to the shorter grips

Re: Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! [Re: MrSurly] #14095416 08/14/21 11:21 PM
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I grip the butt end when I cast then tuck it under my arm when retrieving.

Re: Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! [Re: MrSurly] #14097562 08/17/21 12:06 AM
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Pistol grips are fine....if you only catch small fish.

Re: Returning to the Sport...Much Has changed! [Re: grout-scout] #14099055 08/18/21 02:47 AM
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Oh! A zinger!

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