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    Default Rods for wading

    Hi guys..i'm new here and i wanted to ask a question. I do alot of wading and i'm looking for an all purpose rod for panfish. I will be useing this for live bait,spinners,jigs and floats. i will be fishing weeds and wood. some places i will be casting. I am looking at a 6.6 or a 7 footer ML. do you think this is a good choice. Thanks for the reply.

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    I would go with a 6' or 6'6" rod. A lot easier to maneuver while wade fishing, especially if you have a lot of overhanging trees.
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    I agree with using a rod 7ft or less. I waded with a 8ft rod and would have to dunk my reel into the lake in order to unhook fish. A long rod and wading is not a great combo unless the water is really shallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublebeard View Post
    I am looking at a 6.6 or a 7 footer ML. do you think this is a good choice.
    I would go with a light or ultra light rod.
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    I thought about getting a light action but i wasn't sure if it would be enough to pull the fish out of the wood since i wouldn't be pulling the fish straight up like on a boat. that's why i thought a little stiffer rod would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublebeard View Post
    I thought about getting a light action but i wasn't sure if it would be enough to pull the fish out of the wood since i wouldn't be pulling the fish straight up like on a boat. that's why i thought a little stiffer rod would be better.
    I think you'd be surprised at what light rods can do. Fly fisherman land good-sized trout with light fly rods while wading. But, you know your situation best. Get the rod you like.
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    Maybe you should look at a light rod. That is one step up from ultra light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwwUncle View Post
    Maybe you should look at a light rod. That is one step up from ultra light.
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    If you're using spinning tackle, Shakespeare has a 7' lite action rod in wally for about $18 that might answer your question without breaking the bank. I have 3 of them, work good for me but I'm in a boat.. Welcome from Middle Tennessee.
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    I agree with skeetbum, I also like the Shakespeare lite action rods with the little underspin reels. I was wading some buckbrush late one evening when I kept hearing the small shad schools flutter out towards the lake. I just clipped on a little foam bobber about a foot above my jig. I could cast this rig extremely far with this 9 foot rod and caught several 3/4 to 1 lb male slabs.
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