Shorter Jig Rods Anyone?

1/15/15 @ 7:04 AM
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Marc Morrone
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Anyone out there still like shorter jig rods for walleyes and panfish? Say between 5' and 6'? Not whippy, noodly little rods, but nice crisp jig sticks.
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3/30/15 @ 4:58 PM
JustPerchinAround
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USER since 1/16/14
I like a shorter rod for vertical jigging perch and crappies. My go to stick is an Elk River Custom Rods "Little Green Jig Stick" It's 5'11" and has a TN handle. Plenty of back bone to haul in the Lake Michigan Jumbos.

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2/14/15 @ 11:08 AM
shadling1
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Yes I still use a couple light action 6' rods every fall for true vertical jigging crappie. I really like them for that application. Even pulled up a 28" walleye on one last fall. Aside from that though everything else I have for bass or walleye fishing is 6'6" or longer.

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2/10/15 @ 5:29 AM
Marc Morrone
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Thanks BigMusky - I appreciate all feedback. That 6'6" length is a really nice all-rounder'.

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2/9/15 @ 9:17 AM
BigMusky12
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I have three rods under 7ft and they all have braid on them. One is a jerkbait bass rod, one is a walleye jigging rod and one is a 5ft bluegill rod. The other two are around 6'6" though, so not in the short range you asked about

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2/8/15 @ 5:49 AM
Marc Morrone
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USER since 9/3/08
I like the shorter rods because all things being equal, a shorter rod always balances better. Longer high end rods balance nice, but a shorter high end rod can feel like nothing in your hand.

Like Drummer Boy mentioned about smaller reels, with a smaller reel on it you have a super light little package that's a joy to fish all day. Dropping a reel size can trim a few ounces out of your rig easy.

Open water soon please!

Edited on 2/8/15 5:51 AM
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2/7/15 @ 9:37 AM
grizwald
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Meant to say anchored and vertical jiggin.

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2/7/15 @ 9:05 AM
drummer boy
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USER since 3/14/08
I like a 6ft for vertical jigging because a lighter reel will balance better then when you use a longer rod.But for every thing else I like longer rods at least 7ft,for pitching jigs I use a 7.5.

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2/7/15 @ 6:59 AM
grizwald
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USER since 2/6/09
Use my 6 foot med action st Croix for jiggin. Works fine for me. Want to get 6 foot light action. Like double fistin for crappie and walleye the early spring. Wink

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2/6/15 @ 7:27 PM
denesox
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USER since 2/1/06
Personally I have no use for shorter rods. I much prefer 7' or better, even for jigging...I also detest braid and only use it when i have to, have never had to jigging to date. Feel is excellent and when you are just fishing vertically I see no advantage unless you have a lower end rod.

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2/6/15 @ 10:10 AM
John Schultz
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USER since 3/14/14
For true vertical jigging, I like a 6 foot, but I don't do a ton of vertical jigging. I mostly drag jigs and like longer rods for that, 7 to 7 1/2 foot. I can pitch with the longer rods as well so they are more versatile. The 6 foot rods don't get in the boat very often anymore.

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