I know most surf rods you by in a store have a approx a 25-28 in handle. I just got sized up for a St Croix LSS106MHMF2. I am going out on a limb here I placed the handle at 19.5 inches up from the butt end. It felt good with the shorter handle while working a lure. Will this hurt me in the long run on casting distance? I have some freinds the use a st croix big dog musky rod it has a 18 inch handle and they have very good luck with them. Hopefully this will not be a experiment gone bad.