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Your thoughts on 9 ft rods.....

6/12/18 @ 5:46 PM
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smithmerlin
User since 1/20/13

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,

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10/10/19 @ 11:59 PM
Uluaukea
Uluaukea
User since 4/19/16

Front of the boat fishing is much more enjoyable having a 9' over an 8.5'. Your back will thank you if doing quality figure 8 each cast or even half an 8. Back of the boat not needed as much and sometimes a 9' can be too long if working a jerk bait. Slapping the tip into the water each pull. That being said I use my 9' 99.99% of the time. Legend Tournament Big Nasty is light and never have an issue with it feeling tip heavy. In all reality when throwing Musky baits the lure itself will be what makes "heavy" an issue not the rod. Additionally the extra 6" does make a difference when casting. It's simply easier with a 9' rod. You won't notice it after 30 minutes but you will after 4, 6, 8hrs etc... 

10/7/19 @ 12:39 PM
vegas492
vegas492
User since 5/21/03

One thing I could say about those 9 footers...seems like balancing them correctly isn't overly easy.

I had to put some weights in the handle of my St. Croix to get it to feel right along with my reel.  That little bit of extra length can make the rod seem tip heavy.


10/4/19 @ 9:25 AM
icebelt
User since 10/22/13

Thanks Vegas for input I would like to fish with ne a couple days before I decide.

10/1/19 @ 9:58 AM
vegas492
vegas492
User since 5/21/03

Eh.  Kindda splitting hairs when it comes to the figure 8.  Between and 8.5 and a 9.

I like both of my 9 footers better than 8.5 footers, but I think that is because the tip is a little more flexible and the handle is a little longer.

Took me about two days of casting to get used to the 9 footers way back when.  When I use an 8.5 now, it seems a little short.  And when I use my 7.5 foot jerk bait rod, it feels like a Snoopy Pole.

9/29/19 @ 9:23 PM
Timmothy A
MEMBER since 5/17/09

I thought I wanted a 9 for bucktails and mid sized cranks, but when my son got one I tried it and doing the figure 8 didn't feel as comfortable for me as it did with an 8 ft rod.  I'm not sure what the advantage is with the 9 other than wider turns on the figure 8.

9/19/19 @ 8:29 AM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17

Just a follow up from my post from a month ago.  I fished a week on Eagle Lake with my 9'3" Okuma.  It is a lot of rod, my 7' St Croix Premier that I use for jerks felt like a toy when I picked it up after using the Okuma.  The rod itself performed well and I'm glad I purchased it and would do so again.  The fore grip is big, I assume to allow the rod to telescope. I could see the grip being issue if you have Trump hands, and the bulkiness of the rod could cause fatigue issues.  

9/19/19 @ 4:26 AM
jkb
User since 6/25/02

One thing to consider when using a 9 foot rod if you are fishing alone is that is difficult to net the fish by yourself.  When fishing solo, you need to pull the rod back and behind your head to draw the fish close enough to net with the other hand.  It is a long reach with the net hand.  I purposely have a lighter weight net so I can maneuver it with one hand but it is still difficult.

9/18/19 @ 4:30 PM
icebelt
User since 10/22/13

The 9 is to much for me I still use a 6 ft broom stick that I got in the 70’s it still smokes the musky. I also have two 7’2” Avids that I like.

8/15/19 @ 6:46 PM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17

Just received my Okuma 9'3" heavy action rated for 50-100lb test and 2-10oz lures and cant wait to fish it!  I strapped my Revo Beast on it and tossed a 2 oz glide bait around the the yard.  Unbelievable how far you can cast and the power seems just right.  I plan to fish bucktails, topwater and rubber with it.  I'm not a big fan of overly stiff rods IMO with no stretch braid you need a rod with some give when fighting a decent fish. 

8/13/19 @ 4:53 PM
Thevdim
User since 6/9/15

Personally, I prefer a one-piece rod. And that goes to any rods under or over 9ft. The top 3 main reasons are because:

1. So the removal top piece doesn't fly away when casting.

2. So when reeling in or casting, the top piece doesn't twist causing line to be all funky.

3. So when reeling in a bigger fish, the top piece doesn't automatically spins the other way.

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