just got the 10' heavy rainshadow popping rod that is rated 60-100. will this work for the slug BFT's coming over the rail right now. most heavy sticks are 5'6-6'6 and I would like to know if a beefy 10' would do just as well as a stocky 6'
Just as well...? You've got a trade off between leverage and casting distance. The length of the rod wins in casting distance, but leverage on a long rod won't duplicate that which you can pull from a 7 footer or under rod. First problem getting bit, second problem fighting and landing the fish. For the bulk of bluefin out there now, you can land 'em. However, if you hook into one of the larger grade fish of say 150 on up to 300...well, start checking for hernia docs sooner than later.
Hmm, this explains a lot. So the length of the rod and the weight of the fish would really come into play.
Rods have changed over the years, preference length for long range cow tuna fishing certainly evolved. It's not just the length, it's the way the rod bends under load. 20 years ago, we'd be talking about 6 footers for cows. These days most are taken with rail rods which are 7 to 7 1/2 feet in length. Those rods don't present problems on larger fish, and in fact can help keep pressure on them and reduce the length of a fight. But, well, 10 footer, hmmm, not this little brown duck. I've already been blessed with one hernia, don't much care for another.
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