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Kayak Fishing Going out on the seas in very small plastic boats and getting towed by very big fish!!

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Old 04-01-2008, 02:44 PM
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Shopping for a couple of yak rods. I have some light schoolie stuff, but I need a rod with baclbone for the big girls. I've been offered 2 heavy action 7 footers with a 15-30 lb line rating. They were cut down from 7'6", so the butt will be nice and manageable n the yak. Is this overkill for a kayak? Will likely fish 30lb braid and 20 lb ponud from Shimano BR reels on these.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:06 PM
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Sounds Ok, are they comfortable from a yaking position? Is their over kill I don't think so if its comfortable and not cumbersome, gearing in the reel may be more important.
I haven't seen one in person or read a review yet but their is a new line of Kayak rods by Okuma called Baidarka, have a leash point made for being in a seated position, and they float, but no idea if its more gimmicky or quality.
I'm gonna try to explain this, but it may come out wrong, or maybe my thinking is just wrong. Back bone is good for setting the hook, not really needed or helpful in stopping a big fish from going where it wants to. The kayak acts as drag and helps you tire a fish, but it doesn't take much pull to move you. I have had 5 lbs. fish take me for a ride.
Say it takes 10lbs of pull to move you, you have 15lbs line and drag set to 11lbs., ok the fish won't take line but if it is pulling at 10lbs no matter how hard you pull back youre going for a ride. right?
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:41 PM
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You're making sense Pat. The movement of the rod negates some of the need for additional backbone for fighting the fish, right?

I may go for these. In a pinch they would also work as a shorter jetty rod.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:00 PM
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Passiton:
I'm new to the site and noticed your posting @ kayak rods. It's a pleasure to post.
Been yak fishing mainly for stripers & blues off Newport & Lt. Compton, RI. for @ 8 yrs or so.
My preference has always been a rod w/ fast action w/ a stiff hookset...that way you are assured to set the hook w/ no slop, then let the yak provide SOME drag.
I have had great luck fishing a 7 ft Ahab Grand prise series w/ a Shimano 3500 baitrunner loaded w/ 50ld Power Pro braid. the line sinks fairly well w/ tube-n-worm trolling as well as eels. I also fish a Shimano lever drag TLD 15 mounted to a 7Ft Outer Banks Custom Power Stick w/ the same line. (This year I am trying leadcore line) The reel is awsome w/ the lever drag and the rod is perfect w/ a stiff hookset. have caught some nice fish off both rod & reel combos.

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:55 PM
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Thanks guys. not to be dense, but I want to make sure i understand you: you're saying that a heavy action rod won't nec. provide the hookset qualities I need (bends to far down the length of the rod, right?).
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:19 PM
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I prefer a graphite rod w/ a fast action tip. In otherwords it bends approx 1/3 of the way from the tip and is fairly stiff. Just a personal preference.

If you prefer glass, I would suggest e-glass. It is a bit lighter than traditional glass rods and Lamiglass makes some nice e-glass blanks w/ a stiff hookset yet will bend to the middle of the rod and provide plenty of supple action.
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