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Best surf fishing rod length?

post #1 of 13
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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
post #2 of 13
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.
post #3 of 13
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.
post #4 of 13
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
post #5 of 13
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.
post #6 of 13
10' is my favorite rod length for da surf.
post #7 of 13
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.

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Originally Posted by jonnyringo View Post
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
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Night_Stiper View Post
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.
post #9 of 13
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.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by longcaster View Post
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?
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by jonnyringo View Post
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.

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Originally Posted by midwestexile View Post
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.
post #12 of 13
i like a 10ft myself good luck with your choice
post #13 of 13
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There is no best length because every application requires different things of a rod.

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