when it comes to anything over 8 ft do you prefer one piece rods over the two piece rods? Could you also state why you prefer one over the other? Thank you,
Your thoughts on 9 ft rods.....
I have a 7.5 Mojo Musky that I throw everything with. Works great with the glides. I really wish I had a 9 footer to throw blades. I will probably be adding that setup soon. I don't like 2 piece rods. I had one a few years back that wore out and wouldn't hold position. I only use 1 piece now.
Bought the okuma 9 footer telescopic last year believe it’s a xxh but fishes like a xh. Paired with a tranx 400 and love it. It’s not for glide baits like stated below but is great for bucktails, topwater, and rubber. I was a little skeptical at first with that long of a rod but after throwing mag and pounder dawgs last fall and double 10s this year it has proved its worth in the 8s boat side. Best part was it was on sale for 100$ at fleet farm. Also I personally wouldn’t go 2 piece and that is just a preference I don’t own any 2 piece rods.
I own 3 Okuma 8.5 XH telscoping rods...for friends and family who jump into my boat. The Okuma's that I own were out before Tackle Industries started making ones..... Haven't ever held a TI rod, but I'd imagine they are fine. Nothing wrong with telescoping rods at all.
But..those rods (over 7.5 feet) won't throw little baits or glide baits very well. Nothing gets a bait to glide like the right 7.5 foot rod. And if you work really small glides, then you need a very specific kind of rod.
At least that is what I keep telling myself...and my wife as I bring home more rods!
I also have a 9’ Tackle Industries one piece telescopic rod. I use it for bucktails,topwaters,and bulldawgs. Like stated not very good for suicks etc. I haven’t used it much because I haven’t been out much chasing ski. Figure eights are much easier to perform especially for large fish.
I use a Tackle Industries mega heavy 9' telescopic rod. It collapses to 7 ft which fits in most rod storage lockers. When extended and in use, it has the feel of a 1 piece rod. It is the closest thing i have found to an all purpose rod. The tip is fast yet can handle pounder bulldogs. It is light enough to cast all day and works great with bucktails too. Obviously the only lure it doesn't work well with would be a suick style jerkbait. The length causes the tip to hit the water when jerking the bait. A 7' or less would be more suited for that. I just don't like the look or feel of 2 piece rods, just my opinion. My love of 9' telescopic walleye planer board rods led me to try the Tackle Industries musky rod and am very pleased.
I love my 9 foot St. Croix Big Nasty. Perfect rod for me when using bucktails, topwaters and some plastics. I love the power in that rod. It is a one piece, love the feel of one piece rods. Hate the storage, though. That one rides in the boat as it does not fit the rod locker in the Ranger.
I have two 9 foot Elk Rivers...and I'd sell them as I just don't use them like I use the St. Croix. Nothing against them, I just gravitate to the Big Nasty.
My next favorite rod is a Musky Innovations 7.5 foot extra heavy for jerk baits and bigger plastics. Great rod, fun rod.
When you really get into it, there is no such thing as "One Perfect Rod". Different baits need different things from rods to get the desired action.
I've yet to use the 10 foot rods that are out there. That seems to be getting a little too long for my taste, but I remember thinking that way back when they started going to 8.5 foot rods.
I bought a 9 foot rod two years ago, and it takes a little getting used to when I've always used 7' 6" rods. I bought the two piece simply for storage reasons. The short piece is 3 feet, leaving 6 foot for storage, and it fits nicely in by boat. Even if I bought the one piece it wouldn't even fit in the bed of my truck because of it having a 6.5' bed. I do like using the rod, much easier performing the figure 8 at the boat.