The idea is that when kayak fish, we can often get up pretty close to our targets; we don't need to make long casts. So, accuracy trumps casting distance.
The shorter lever also aids in increasing the power over a fish so pulling them out of grass is much easier, too.
I also have a 5'6" moderate power rod. It is actually only 2" shorter than my 6 footer, so the other 4" comes off the handle end. It is even more accurate. I prefer it for working up to and under boat docks. The shortness of its handle also means it doesn't get in the way scraping across my thighs.
These have become my primary rods in my kayak. I carry along an ultra-light rod, too.
I went to shorter rods last season in the yak, but the problem is clearing the bow of your boat. Not sure if it applies to bass fishing, but I went back to 7' - 7'2 rods for this reason.Brad in Texas wrote:The shorter lever also aids in increasing the power over a fish so pulling them out of grass is much easier, too.
I do agree that if for some reason your line is swing left and right across the bow, a longer rod might be best.
I just love the increased accuracy of short rods.
My 5'6" St Croix has the very short #1 handle and it loses about 4" of a total of 6" compared to my 6 footer. So, from where my hand holds the rod, I only lose 2" inches in forward reach. I never have an issue reaching beyond my Propel 10 bow.
I can still see the need for a 7 footer for someone who fishes BTB or out deep on lakes and wants to make long casts. I am almost always close to the shoreline, fishing in shallow water, fishing finesse so accuracy trumps casting distance.
The fact that a short rod means a short lever and a short lever means more lifting power. It strikes many people as odd but it gives the fisherman more leverage, actually less negative leverage . . . over a fish.
P.S. I like the 5'6" spinning rod so much, I have the same one on order in a casting rod. Can't wait to give it a go, too. Should be here any day now. br
Good point and it may be circumstantial where in my case, I have a short length of kayak in front of me to fish around.Redfish wrote:I flipped forth back and forth and have now settled on at least 7' rods for me. The ability to get around the bow of my Propel 13 is very important to me, and after several years kayak fishing, I am just as accurate with a 7'6" rod as I am with a 6' rod. Just personal preference for me.
For me, my accuracy with a shorter rod is much higher, casts of course are much shorter in potential. But, I'm like many freshwater kayakers in that I tend to fish shallow and pretty close to my targets so long distance casting isn't real frequent for me. If it were, say I was going to throw crankbaits, I'd carry along a 7 footer.
One analogy I might make in terms of accuracy, for most of us, would be to golf clubs: Drivers have longer lengths and are meant to cover long distances but with less control over placement than a shorter iron, like a 7 iron, where one's distance is limited but used with the expectation of dropping a golf ball into a tighter expected and desired landing area.
*** My 5'6" casting rod came in and I matched it with a Shimano Casitas. Now, I need to go out and experiment, see how and where it fits in. It has sort of a pistol grip so it'll be easy to handle in a kayak for sure.
My other short rods are one each (spinning and casting) of a 5'6" St. Croix Moderate Power, fast tip. These have such a short lifting point that they give an angler greater leverage and control over larger fish. No, they are not optimal for long casts but they are extremely accurate.
I also have a 6 footer, MH, for fishing heavier situations.
The 5'6" models are only 2" shorter, from grip to tip, I think I have mentioned this before, compared to my 6 footer. The 4" comes out of the butt section of the rods making them fit well for someone seated in a kayak.
My latest acquisition via a trade with a friend is a 6'6" G-Rods International spinning rod made from the new graphene. I have taken it out just to bank fish with it. I can't describe the difference from traditional graphite rods but it feels . . . different. It is a two-piece rod and I'll use it on the road to target various species from panfish up to some bass.
BPS Hellgrammite. One of my favorite UL baits when on a 1/16 slider type head. Everything wants to eat it.Houndfish wrote:What plastic is that, it looks incredible!
http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/bass-pro ... llgrammite
The bps soft plastic should hold a worm hook well. The jighead I'm using is more or less a t rig jighead and it stays on and resists being torn. It's a good bait.Houndfish wrote:Thanks! I have some hellgrammite plastics from Cabin Creek (i think) and they work great wacky rigged but are too thin to say t-rigged for long.