Rod length, 9 vs 10.5?

Discussion in 'General Open Forum' started by merrittboy1, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. merrittboy1

    merrittboy1 Member

    Been using an old 9 ft rod for last couple of years. Just like it, works for me and makes netting easier. What are others thoughts? Most of the rods I see on other boats are 10.5. Am I missing something? Longer rods better overall? Opinions?
  2. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    I've found 9 fters much easier when netting solo as I run 7 ft. leaders when rolling anchovies.The rods I use are TFO downrigger rods that have a great parabolic action(bend consistantly through the handle) and have never felt outgunned using them for big springs.If your on a bigger boat and fish with other people all the time,a 10.5 fter would be fine,but after loosing a couple of nice fish not being able to slide them into the net,I switched to 9 fters and would never go back now.
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  3. merrittboy1

    merrittboy1 Member

    I have been using a 9ft Sea King for almost 3 seasons. Catches fish. Have a longer Convergence but stick with Sea King. It has duct tape for knob, eyes are crooked, lol. I found out Canadian Tire sells them for 40 bucks. Catches fish, lol.
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  4. halimark

    halimark Well-Known Member

    9 Ft Shimano TDR's all around. Only downrigger rods we use, handles any fish in BC waters, easier to net a fish, good action and enough backbone. I hate using my buddies 10.6 rods, seem so unwieldly long and does make every thing more difficult. Even storing the dam things is harder. 9 ft for me all the way.

  5. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    10.6 for me can't stand 9ft rods. Just find them easier myself and what I am used too.
  6. Sharphooks

    Sharphooks Well-Known Member

    10.5 all day long. I don't put rods in the Scotty; it stays in my hands when I fish. The extra length allows me to guide the line through the weeds when trolling to minimize the clothes-line effect and if I get a screamer who decides to go under the boat or cut across the bow, I can clear the radio Antena and radar arch or clear the mainline from my outboard leg with the longer rod if I have to.

    When netting or releasing, the rod goes on the deck and the tip leans on the gunnel. I have the leader in one hand, the net or gaff in the other. If the fish isn't ready and takes off, rod goes back into my hand. A single action knucklebuster reel with zero drag (rim control) makes all that very easy. Just make sure the leader doesn't wrap the tip of the rod and you're good
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  7. Saxe Point

    Saxe Point Well-Known Member

    9 foot Shimano TDR’s when I fish solo or with a guest. With my son, who’s a pro, we go with long rods. Not a huge difference. The long ones are a little more fun to fight fish with. But the shorter ones are so much easier to use when netting a fish alone.
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  8. ericl

    ericl Well-Known Member

    Longer = more bend in the rod, = more time to reach when they swim at you
  9. profisher

    profisher Well-Known Member

    9ft Trophy rods. I bought a 10.5 HMX, used it once and sold it. I can lay the 9ft rods on the cabin floor intact, close and lock the cabin door. Easier to deal with when fishing. I have used 7ft Fenwick rout rods before and liked them as well. Customers just got sore forearms with them because there isn't as much leverage so went to 9ft.
  10. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Member

    9 foot shimano taloras for me.
    Makes fishing solo much easier.
    Not problems with this length and handles all types of fish and fishing styles that I'm into.
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  11. merrittboy1

    merrittboy1 Member

    Great responses, thanks. Is there actually a real advantage to longer or just preference?
  12. Rain City

    Rain City Crew Member

    Yes. More stored energy equals more time to react to a run right at you. Keeps tension longer.
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  13. Goathorns

    Goathorns Active Member

    I heard 12' Sage 4120B's were being used on some BIG charter boats.
    Come on Eddie, let's here from ya.
  14. No regrets

    No regrets New Member

    Hi HM, are the shimano's also good for rainbow and lakers using scotties ?
  15. halimark

    halimark Well-Known Member

    I do not use them on my lake boat. They are too long, too heavy and too big for rainbows and Lakers for me. I do have scotty downriggers on my lund lake boat. I use 7 ft med action rhino rods. Many different reels, some with 10 lb mono others with 15 lb tuff line. Max depth for trolling is about 100 ft for lakers early sept. Not sure if a smaller, lighter shimano TDR is available.

  16. hippaisland

    hippaisland Well-Known Member

    You hold the rod while in the rigger the whole time your fishing?
  17. Island Fish Lifter

    Island Fish Lifter Well-Known Member

    What I was wondering too.. maybe he doesn’t use riggers?
  18. searun

    searun Well-Known Member

    Or he has massive pipes from holding the rods all day long.
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  19. hippaisland

    hippaisland Well-Known Member

    Lol yeah no doubt. I used to have the very rare guest that would want to hold the rod while it was in the rigger... I would always appease them and after 2 or 3 minutes their arms were dead it was in the rod holder. :p
  20. No regrets

    No regrets New Member

    Thx HM, is rhino a make or a model name ?

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