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    is there a technique using a 13feet rod?
    i used the ACC crappie stix 13' for the first time and probably never again. it wears me out after few hours.

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    Were you holding it jigging or in a rod holder? I have found the rear seat rods, where the reel in on the bottom end help with balance, but don't work as well in rod holders.
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    i had the acc crappie stix Crossover where the reel sits near the bottom, and they have a 4-5 inches handle. i don't have a rod holder. i hold it on the handle jigging. with the reel it's like holding a 1 pound weight out all day fishing. i do'nt see how to balance it because i have to hold the rod on one hand and the other hand let the line out . and when you get a 1.5pound crappie, it feels like you pulling in a CATFISH with the long rod.

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    A 10/11ft rear seat is a better option, much lighter and easy to handle. I use the 10" Uncle Bucks ultra light weight rod, with a flyrod reel. I perfect combo. I have a B&M 12' that wears me out in no time, a great rod but to long and heavy. I hope this helps. P.S- Lay off the troll motor and other sounds.
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    Using the right weight reel to balance the rod helps . Hold it in front of the reel I flip out jig and the longer reach helps livescoping . I use Huckabee Phantom 13 ' rod with a baitcaster reel .I fished over six hours today and quit as wind started blowing and was getting tired . Only counted keepers and quit the counter showed 105 . All but a mess released and kept them for a good friend .
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    The latest craze is the 13 foot rod. I've use a 12 foot jig pole for years and I'm use to it. You can use whatever length rod is comfortable to you. If you are using Livescope as mentioned above, I don't think the fish will care if the rod is 10 foot or 13 foot. Lots of times I use a 5 foot rod and pitch to the fish. That short rod is much easier on the body and just as tough on the fish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkcrappie View Post
    The latest craze is the 13 foot rod. I've use a 12 foot jig pole for years and I'm use to it. You can use whatever length rod is comfortable to you. If you are using Livescope as mentioned above, I don't think the fish will care if the rod is 10 foot or 13 foot. Lots of times I use a 5 foot rod and pitch to the fish. That short rod is much easier on the body and just as tough on the fish!
    There is one advantage to longer rods . When they are slow to bite and want baits dead sticked , easier to hold it on their nose .
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    Quote Originally Posted by NIMROD View Post
    There is one advantage to longer rods . When they are slow to bite and want baits dead sticked , easier to hold it on their nose .
    I don't disagree with that CA but that's normally in the winter during the cold water and their metabolism has slowed. When it is like that, usually a person can get the boat 1-2 feet closer and still catch fish. My point was the 13' poles weren't thought of until live scope come along. We all caught plenty of fish with shorter rods. If you want to go with a longer rod, I've seen some folks fishing with their 18 foot pulling poles. Better get you a back brace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkcrappie View Post
    I don't disagree with that CA but that's normally in the winter during the cold water and their metabolism has slowed. When it is like that, usually a person can get the boat 1-2 feet closer and still catch fish. My point was the 13' poles weren't thought of until live scope come along. We all caught plenty of fish with shorter rods. If you want to go with a longer rod, I've seen some folks fishing with their 18 foot pulling poles. Better get you a back brace.
    More often than not big ones don't get in a hurray and if you move that jig much they run .Seen them all times of the year where they just ease up slow . Small one may run up and bite. Sure learned alot with livescope
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    I have settled on 10í Kevin Rogers pole from Jenko. Just got two in the mail this week.

    I fish pretty stealthy though. I donít even use a trolling motor. I use a green sculling paddle instead of a pine one because I think the light color of the pine one flashing in the water spooks the fish. I believe all those things matter. To the point Iím convinced I get more bites when my paddle is sitting on my lap instead of in the water. Iím always looking for a limb or stump to hang on to rather than sculling.

    Of course this means I fish slower than most folks.

    And I agree w/ Nimrod. My experience has been fish this time of year want that jig almost dead still. I try to drop it in really slowly and let it hang there.

    The number one thing though is to fish where the fish are. Without fishfinders, it can take a very long time to find dependable fish-holding spots...


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