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Rod / Reel Balance Point

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When pairing a reel to a rod, either a surf rod, inshore, or boat spinning rod what is the ideal balance point ?  I suspect that is a big consideration in a proper setup.

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Somewhere a few inches ahead of the front grip as a general rule. It’s a very subjective topic. It is something to really consider when pairing rods. The weight line you want to use, the reels capacity, spool diameter and the rods guide sizes and layout are a few others. 

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You will get a thousand different answers. Which means there is no answer.

Get what is comfortable to you and throw something in the water. IMO,

one of the most over analyzed topics in fishing. Its like someone telling

you what is the best color.

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5 mins ago, yosco said:

You will get a thousand different answers. Which means there is no answer.

Get what is comfortable to you and throw something in the water. IMO,

one of the most over analyzed topics in fishing. Its like someone telling

you what is the best color.

I fully agree with Yosco.

any rod you like and then getting a reel that fits it size wise may not balance at all,one may have to go down a size to get the balance right but,the reel could be too small for what kind of fishing you do.

so,I say it does not matter much unless the user has a weak wrist,shoulder or something like that.

the reel  size should fit the rods size and what you're gonna do with it.

HH

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:01 PM, Roddy said:

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the reel  size should fit the rods size and what you're gonna do with it.

HH

This. 

 

On 1/12/2018 at 6:38 PM, redfin said:

Somewhere a few inches ahead of the front grip as a general rule...

and this

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On 1/12/2018 at 6:51 PM, yosco said:

You will get a thousand different answers. Which means there is no answer.

Get what is comfortable to you and throw something in the water. IMO,

one of the most over analyzed topics in fishing. Its like someone telling

you what is the best color.

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It is a difficult answer, as I find I move my grip sometimes to adjust for different size and particularly weights for plugs thrown. I generally have my grip just ahead of my reel seat somewhere, unless I'm bucktailing, which is most of the time. Which in that case is two fingers in front and two in back, of the reel stem.

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There was a good thread on this a while back:

 

What it boiled down to was; if you fish with the rod butt anchored between your legs or under your armpit, balance isnt important. If you primarily fish holding the the rod un-anchored and twitching the bait etc, balance is more important. As for the balance point, one would think you'd want it balanced where you are holding the rod while fishing.

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Don't worry about it when you're buying the setup, worry more about the action and quality,

you can adjust the balance later by adding a bit of weight in the butt cap

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