View Full Version : ideal length rod for fishing brush??

04-06-2018, 01:31 PM
Hey guys, looking for some advice hoping to avoid an expensive trial and error. I usually fish stake beds and brush in 4-6 FOW by sitting back and casting a bobber. I am wanting to try using a long rod and sort of jigging the brush instead of casting into it. i have 12' rods i use spider rigging, will these be good enough, or should i invest in some 16' rods for this type fishing? Also what is your preferred rod for this style of fishing?

thanks alot!

Erin Brewer
04-06-2018, 01:36 PM
I do all of my jig fishing with 10' rear seat jig poles!

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ET Fish
04-06-2018, 02:29 PM
I have 8’, 11’, and 12’. The 8 usually gets the nod from me....but there’s a place for all of them in my boat!

ET Fish
04-06-2018, 02:30 PM
I have 8’, 11’, and 12’. The 8 usually gets the nod from me....but there’s a place for all of them in my boat!
Oh, they are all BnM BGJP.

04-06-2018, 02:45 PM
I like a 11 ft rear seat for that....BnM Duck Commander

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Fish on Line
04-06-2018, 03:26 PM
Those long poles are good for Spider rigging but get too heavy quick single pole fishing. No more than 12

04-06-2018, 03:30 PM
I use 10' Ozark and 9' Outlaw rods front reel seat.

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04-06-2018, 04:08 PM
I'd say at least a 9' rod up to a 11' rod ... fast action tip ... and most importantly a reel that balances the rod, whichever length you choose. And by balance I mean lay the rod/reel across your finger at the very front end of the handle and it should pretty much stay there. You "could" get by with the reel end teetering down slowly, but what you definitely don't want is for the rod tip end to drop quickly. An outfit that is tip end heavy will wear you out using it, because your wrist & forearm will constantly be trying to hold up the weight.

It's kinda like lifting a brick & a broom with one hand ... you don't have any problem if both are IN your hand. But, put the brick out on the end of the broom and then try and lift it !! Much harder and more strain on your wrist/forearm compensating for the unbalanced weight. Now, that's a drastic comparison, I know ... but the point is valid.

04-06-2018, 05:43 PM
For that type fishing I like a 9 or 10ft rod with a fast tip and lots of backbone.

04-06-2018, 06:40 PM
What Grainraiser said.

river scum
04-06-2018, 07:05 PM
7fter will do most time. i only jig brush vertical slowly bumping into limbs and such. i always use 1/8 head too for feel and getting loose. if you dont set the hook most times you can shake it off snag gently, and not raise a commotion. not all snags can be shook loose though. so i dont fish any deeper than my rod is long. i can reel down slowly to jighead and pop it loose that way. if done slow enough i have even caught a fish bringing it up from snag. lol

04-06-2018, 10:41 PM
Hey guys, thanks a lot for all of your Insight. It has been very helpful! Answers like these are one of many reasons why I love this forum!

eagle 1
04-06-2018, 11:21 PM
I use a 11 ft brush cutter from B-N-M . Mine is not camo in color . About 20 yrs. old.

04-07-2018, 07:53 AM
BnM BGJP in 10' & 11' but there are times when a 7 or 8fter works better. Depends on situation.

04-07-2018, 08:09 AM
For casting with a bobber, I prefer a nine foot rod... Easier to maneuver and lighter...

skunked again
04-07-2018, 09:32 AM
What makes you want to jig it instead of using a bobber?

lowe rider
04-07-2018, 07:34 PM
I have BGJPs in 10',11&12 foot. I find myself using the 10' poles the most.

04-08-2018, 05:28 AM
I use a 10' Todd Huckabee Dipping rod w/ Tennessee handle. With that handle you can balance it with any reel. It will cross their eyes and get them out of the brush quick.

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04-08-2018, 07:12 AM
depends on rod but I prefer 9 or 10 footers with backbone to pull them out of brush. 12's even have too much flex but agree with grainraiser