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Boat inshore rod length

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I tend to use 6 1/2 feet for the lighter stuff and 7 feet for heavier applications, but I've gone as long as 9 1/2 at times.  A lot of it is what feels right to you, given your casting style.  Lures can make a difference, too, but if you're fishing soft plastics and poppers in the bay, where casting distance isn't an issue, no need to go much over 7 unless you want to.

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If you're fishing closer to cover (bridges in this case) you'll want a slightly shorter rod than normal. you will be more accurate with your casting. I prefer 6'6" or 7' for those situations. wide open casting for distance go with the 7'6" or 8'

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6'6" for a boat. 7' max. Not need for a longer rod. What's the point of extra casting distance when you can just drive up to a spot. I find that longer rods just get in the way and have a habit of breaking easy.

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7' - 7'6".  Anything less is too short for me and 8'+ can be a bit much on the boat, plus you really shouldn't need it if you've got multiple well matched outfits.  If you only have 1 or 2 set ups then 8' can be good if it has a soft tip for tossing light stuff, but, more beef a little further down for casting heavier stuff and getting big poppers to pop.

 

sam

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Thread bump! I went for Tog for the first time and can see why guys like 7'6" rods. I cant bring myself to pull the trigger on one though. How are these longer 7'6" rods when your jigging for fluke, or fishing off a kayak? I'm doing my best to keep my boat rod collection to a minimum. I'm on the hunt for the perfect 3 rods. One for me, One for my son and a backup. 

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