In this video i highlight the differences of 8ft & 10ft rods for plugging. Since i’m fishing in shallow water my choice of lures are surface poppers so i won’t snag the bottom. I chose 3 of my favorite lures to use.
Fishing Rods Used-
Penn 8ft Battalion BATSF1220S80
Line: 12-20lbs monofilament/17-30lbs braid.
Lure Weight: 3/4-3 ounces.
Daiwa 10ft Coastal SP Surf CLSP 1002MFS (Medium)
Line: 10-20lbs monofilament.
Lure Weight: 1-4 ounces.
Fishing Reel Used-
Shimano Spheros SW6000
Line:300yds 30lb blue Jerry Brown Braid
Shimano Orca: Floating , Clear Silver, 145mm(5.7″), 47g/1.6oz
Williamson Surface Pro 130:130mm(51/8″), 46g/1-5/8oz
Live Target Mullet: 5-1/4in, 1-1/4oz
If i used the same brand of rods in different lengths i’m sure my results would still be the same. I found the shorter Battalion to be stiffer but has better hoisting power on a larger fish then the 10ft Coastal & i found i can be more accurate in hitting my target areas when casting. The 10′ Coastal gives me better casting distance but can’t give a more defined “jerk/skip/jump” reaction to my surface popper like the 8′ Battalion can.
In short you need to figure out what technique you want to employ. Your choice in equipment must reflect your style of fishing. I like distance & i’ve always done well with “tail walking” my surface lures so i tend to use longer rods with a straight retrieve with tip high to create chugging with a wake line. If i’m plugging in areas of reef structures that i want to specifically target i’ll use the stiffer shorter rod so i can accurately hit those areas & entice the fish with more forceful lure movements that a stiffer tip can employ.
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