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Longer Vs. Shorter

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What's the disadvantages of a longer rod vs. a shorter rod? I just went test casting (with my son) an Arra 1204 that was extended to 11 1/2 feet - holy crap soft casts with a 2oz sinker were going damn far. I don't see any reason to cut this down to 11 feet, but if there are disadvantages that come along with a longer rod, I'd like to know (besides poking it into everything)

 

It's use will be Northern Jersey & SOuth Shore Long Island plugging, and will make a couple of trips to Montauk per year, maybe up into the Cape as well.

 

Thanks, and sorry if this question has been asked 32 times before.

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two "tradeoffs" i'd say for a longer rod.. the positive is definately more distance with less effort...

 

negatives (both may be minor)

 

1)this one is obvious but it weighs a little more

 

2) the fish has more of the advantage in a fight...she's pulling at the end of a longer lever, therefore exerting more pressure on you

 

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I would say one thing is the physical limits of the user. If you can't handle the longer rod do to atrength or stature , you need a shorter rod. A second big thing is where you use it. Very tough to handle a 12 rod when perched on a 1 foot round rock with a bank with bushes behind it!. I also think the application is important. bait chucking where you cast once and let it sit for a while , a long rod can be used. For plugging one cast after another , a shorter rod is better. I think about 10 to 11 feet is the limit for plugging. Just my personal limit though.

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Don't forget wind resistance, too. Although this was more of a concern when everyone was using thick-walled fiberglass rods. And 11' rod in a crosswind puts pressure on the tendons in your wrist and elbow that you don't feel until tendonitis develops wink.gif I used to contribute heavily to the IRAs of chiropractors and orthopedists frown.gif

 

10' is about my limit today for plugging, and I'm 6'2"/200 lbs. Only exception is I use the XRA 1322 for throwing poppers at the Canal, but that is rarely constant casting if you're sight casting at breaking fish.

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