Jump to content


Photo

Best surf fishing rod length?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 jonnyringo

jonnyringo
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,165 posts
  • Joined: Oct-10 2009

Posted October 13 2009 - 5:46 PM

I am in the market for a new rod for my Daiwa 4000C spinning reel and was wondering what is the best lenth for surf fishing....10, 12, or 15 foot or?

Thanks


  • 0
  • -

#2 ematsuda

ematsuda
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,072 posts
  • Joined: Feb-20 2009

Posted October 13 2009 - 7:03 PM

I just purchased a Daiwa Coastal 4000 and I'm matching it with the St. Croix Triumph Surf Rod at 9'. Being that your reel is comparable in size, I'd say anything in the 8'6" to 9' would be good.

Edit: Oops, you're looking to go long. When I need extra distance and working with bigger fish, I use a Saltiga Ballistic rod at 13'3" coupled with my new Saltist 4500 or Penn Slammer 460 both rigged with 40# PP. So a Breakaway LDX would be good too.


  • 0
  • -

#3 midwestexile

midwestexile
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,766 posts
  • Joined: May-21 2007
  • LocationIllinois

Posted October 14 2009 - 2:06 PM

Longer is better at any given price/quality level. If you move from a very high quality 10' rod to a lesser quality 15' rod, you may lose ground. There is also a point of diminishing returns for adding length, or you'd see more 18' rods (not to mention the aggravation factor of dealing with one-piece rods over 10'). For most folks, 11 - 13' seems the point where the returns still outweigh the costs/troubles.


  • 0
  • -

#4 tacpayne

tacpayne
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,028 posts
  • Joined: Dec-15 2008

Posted October 14 2009 - 5:56 PM

IT depends on any given set of circumstances. The biggest facter would be a rod that you can properly load, buying a rod that you are unable to load makes no sense at all, JMHO


  • 0
  • -
Thats what its all about

#5 Night_Stiper

Night_Stiper
  • Elite Member

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 922 posts
  • Joined: May-27 2008

Posted October 14 2009 - 10:28 PM

You should first discuss the fishing situation for which the rod is intended.

Many times the fishing will dictate the most appropriate length.

I use the ballistic for bait but have cast plugs with it if a blitz erupts 150yds out. Most beach fishing in the North East can be covered by a 10 or 11 ft rod.


  • 0
  • -
Night_Stiper
Dawn on the beach - almost like you're NOT in Jersey.

#6 Bob S.

Bob S.
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,039 posts
  • Joined: Dec-02 2003

Posted October 18 2009 - 7:54 PM

10' is my favorite rod length for da surf.


  • 0
  • -

#7 AndreSchwartz

AndreSchwartz
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,850 posts
  • Joined: Aug-19 2009

Posted October 18 2009 - 10:50 PM

The 4000C is more of an inshore reel than a surf reel. I wouldn't pair it up with anything longer than 10'. For surf, a nice match for it both in performance and budget, would be something like a Penn PSS1220S90 9' footer.

I am in the market for a new rod for my Daiwa 4000C spinning reel and was wondering what is the best lenth for surf fishing....10, 12, or 15 foot or?

Thanks


  • 0
  • -

#8 ematsuda

ematsuda
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,072 posts
  • Joined: Feb-20 2009

Posted October 19 2009 - 7:26 PM

You should first discuss the fishing situation for which the rod is intended.


Exactly, if he's gonna hold on to the rod such as slow dragging baits or popping then something smaller and lighter would do well - say 9'. If casting cut baits and setting it in a spike, then a longer rod (10-12') that can generate more distance would be preferable. The 4000C isn't a big reel so a 10 or 11 footer would look good on it.


  • 0
  • -

#9 longcaster

longcaster
  • Way too many!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 15,611 posts
  • Joined: Feb-15 2005

Posted October 20 2009 - 8:00 PM

Hard casts with a 4000C will cause the bail to close. I quit using it as a surf reel in the 70's for that reason.


  • 0
  • -

#10 Finnbar

Finnbar
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,919 posts
  • Joined: Jun-01 2007

Posted October 21 2009 - 8:08 AM

Hard casts with a 4000C will cause the bail to close. I quit using it as a surf reel in the 70's for that reason.

Can you remove the bail spring and make it manual?


  • 0
  • -

#11 EBHarvey

EBHarvey
  • Way too many!

  • 24,312 posts
  • Joined: Mar-21 2005

Posted October 22 2009 - 11:17 AM

I am in the market for a new rod for my Daiwa 4000C spinning reel and was wondering what is the best lenth for surf fishing....10, 12, or 15 foot or?

What kind of surf fishing? There is no best length because every application requires different things of a rod. I do most of my shore-based saltwater fishing with a 7 foot fiberglass rod because casting distance isn't nearly as important as being able to bounce around rocks, maneuver through and cast from tight places, and throw my rod down when needed without worry. Other days I'll be throwing poppers in the RI surf with an 11 footer. It all depends on what you're using it for.

Longer is better at any given price/quality level.

And, as you can see, there's a wide range of opinions out there. Midwestexile thinks longer is better while I'm always going to use the shortest rod I can get away with because I see advantages in having a short rod for what I do that might not apply at all to his type of fishing.
Also, the rod's other characteristics like flex profile, casting weight range, and blank material are just as important, if not more important, than it's length. For instance, if I'm trying to work a pencil I'd rather have a slow-action 8 foot glass rod that loads well at that weight than a 12 foot fast graphite rod that the lure doesn't load, even though 99% of people will tell you that a 12 footer is good for pencil popping and an 8 footer is bad.


  • 0
  • -
originally posted by"Otter"...no matter what even if i came home with that cup of failtry, its clobberin time. you didnt bring me exactly what i asked and lay it at my feet. sometimes i think i married the killer dude from 'no country for old men' in a size 0

#12 plug junkie

plug junkie
  • 5,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,371 posts
  • Joined: Sep-10 2009

Posted October 25 2009 - 1:45 PM

i like a 10ft myself good luck with your choice


  • 0
  • -
(*member formerly known as 'luv2flyfish')

#13 derf

derf
  • 5,000 Post Club!

  • 7,756 posts
  • Joined: Jan-12 2000

Posted October 25 2009 - 3:14 PM


Quote:







There is no best length because every application requires different things of a rod.




  • 0
  • -
derf