Anybody using rods this long for trolling for walleyes? What brand are you using?
Walleye Trolling Rods: 12-14 feet?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Bass Pro is making the 12' anymore.
I have a pair of the Bass Pro Walleye Angler 12' rods and run them very often on 'bago and GB. If there is more than 2 on the boat we don't mess with more then 3 boards per side and it gives us 8 lines out. You can also "play games" with your boat rods easier. Faster to change baits, snap weights or bottom bouncers to get a bait down tight without dragging, and a completely different action.
In heavy waves they are often our best rods because they don't bounce around like the boards. (sometimes they like action though too) The rods have a long even bend that really smooths things out.
When the boat rods really start working we pull out the Church tackle portable outriggers too. Always fun to have an outrigger release Walleye fishing!
Works great if your really working contour or structure too. Rather then turning and dumping your inside boards you keep everything moving smooth and right on the contour you're looking for. 7'-11" inside rod, 12' middle rod and a rod on the 15' outrigger and away you go.
Personally I'd run 2-3 boards on one side with the rods I have and get the baits away from the boat but if you really don't want to use boards run one down the chute straight back and the other two at 90 degrees port and starboard sides. Should create plenty of separation. Chute rod should be the deepest bait.
I'm interested because where I troll, I can use 1 line/person, with a max of 3 lines/boat.
I'm looking to add a longer rod, so I don't have to screw around w/ running 1 planer board when there's 3 of us in the boat.
It may help to post it on the general fishing board, too. More people looking most likely.
The only time I've heard of 12-14 foot rods being used are panfish fishermen looking to get out over things or deep into things. Even for great lakes trolling, longest I've heard of are 10 feet. But there must be a niche for them, so I'm still interested in the discussion.
I'm guessing feedback is going to be limited.
Maybe Lake-Link should change its name to "GuideAdvertising-Link" or "GeneralDiscussion-Link"
Kind of unsure what the benefit of using something so long would be. I will be interested to read the comments.