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Old 11-09-2008, 08:02 PM
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Default What do you guys think about 11ft+ Rods

I think I will buy a longer rod. Maybe 11 to 15 ft. When I was at the pro shop a guy in there told me not to.
I thought I'd ask you guys to see what you think.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:55 PM
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1st off, IMHO the BPS is a piece of crap, no knowledge at all from anyone in the entire store... Take a trip down to Wickford Rodworks and ask a craftsman about 11 foot and bigger rods, no doubt you will not get the same answer... While you're there, pick up some JP custom plugs if he's got any left.

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Old 11-10-2008, 12:37 AM
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Down the Cape (Hatteres), if you not 12 ft+, your not fishin.
(conventionally) I like a long surf rod myself, but 12' MAX is about all I want.
Light (3/4 to 3 oz.) 11' for plug, or med. (2-6) 10-10 1/2 is tops.
Any thing more for a pluggin trip is just not enjoyable to me.

I'd like to say longer rods = longer cast.
But it ain't so. If you're not working it right because it tears your back & shoulder up,, you'll be tossin 1/2 assed short real fast. 12' is a lot of leverage for tossing in the 3-4 oz dept. 2-3 hours you'll be like Arnold,,, "I'll be back!"
I've a 'lil TICA 3/4 -3 in 7 ft. (spin)that is a real rocket launcher with 50# braid.
Nice thing about a longer rod is, you can keep your line up off the curls better. Also feel they are easier to work and enjoy a larger fish with too.
But, that's just me.
I can also appreciate a balanced outfit. Really need to try the reel on the rod before buying if possible. If it's too tip heavy you'll feel it,,, all over.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:49 AM
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11' is comfortable to me, and that is what I use 99% of the time from the surf. Like Floatsum said, balance is key.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:06 PM
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I use an 11' AFAW Estuary for just about everything except bait.

For bait I like a longer stronger rod (I rarely throw under 6 oz + bait)
In my area, where we don't have to throw far, a 12' rod is fine. As you go south, Delaware to the Outer banks, it's mostly a long distance bait game with the majority of rods going in the 13'+ range.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:38 PM
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I personally use myself the 11 and 13 rods for fishing. The 13 footer I have loads well with the pendulum cast and feels right in my hands when I need distance.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:17 PM
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1st off, IMHO the BPS is a piece of crap, no knowledge at all from anyone in the entire store... Take a trip down to Wickford Rodworks and ask a craftsman about 11 foot and bigger rods, no doubt you will not get the same answer... While you're there, pick up some JP custom plugs if he's got any left.

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lol But its so nice in there. Its close to Gillette stadium too.
I will take your advice and not theirs though so thanks!
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:18 PM
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Thanks everyone, I think I understand now that its ok to use a longer rod as long as you can handle it!
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Thanks everyone, I think I understand now that its ok to use a longer rod as long as you can handle it!
Thats what she said.

I uses a 10ft 6. for plugs and slinging eels.
For monster eels and throwing big chunks (which i rarely do) i use my 12ft stick.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:02 PM
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lol I know this whole thread was asking for it.
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I've had pretty good success with my 11' Okuma, primarily surfcasting off Old Orchard Beach. With the exception of right before/after a bad storm, for whatever reason, the surf rarely surpasses the need for anything bigger than an 11 footer. On a completely unrelated note, my nominee for fishing/hunting store incompotence, hands down, goes to the new Cabela's in Scarborough, ME. I wasted almost 1/2 an hour going back-and-forth with a sales associate who was trying to convince me not only that the floats I make are a waste of time, but that I should slip a sinker slide down my leader (before attaching it to the main line but after tying on a hook) which would somehow keep my bait afloat because it still weighed less than the pyramid sinker I was using By comparison, I'd be VP of fishing operations in that joint!!!!!!

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WALMART GOT 14 ft POLE FOR 39.99 !!! i just want one just to have it lol
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:18 PM
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I have 10', 11' . 12' and one that was 13'. but now it is 12.5.
I use the 12'ers, casting rods, for throwing bait. I'll use the 10' and 11' for plugs and eels. And the 12.5 caster, that's for getting my tin squids way out there.
IMO, if i'm gonna be tossing plugs the whole tide, I want something that is not on the heavy and cumbersome side.
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IMHO it is depending from yours ability to "charge" rod. Longer rods usually more heavy and requires good athletic conditions. If you not strong enough, you probably couldn't use whole potential of rod and distance could be shorter vs. shorter pole.
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