Is a 6ft jigging rod too long?

Today i looked at the Berkley Diablo 6ft jig / spin rod rated to 80lb.  It balanced perfectly with my Saragosa 18,000.

I want this rod mainly for jigging sambos and kings, but also need it for heavy bottom bashing and a bit of livebaiting so im curious to hear a few opinions as to whether a 6ft rod is too long for jigging?

Im running 80lb on this combo.

I was originally looking at the Monster Mesh Max 5ft 3" but am thinking that the 6 footer might suit the bottom bashing / livebaiting application a little better.

So will i break my back jigging with a 6ft rod or will it be ok?

Cheers guys.




June 5th, 2010.

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... a bit long

Fri, 2011-09-23 16:37

I'd personally say its too long for an 80lb jigger. I'm using 5'2" and thats ok, got a friend that seriously considering going from 5' back to 4'8" too!


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Not really too long as a

Fri, 2011-09-23 16:41

Not really too long as a jigging rod in general (but getting there), but for PE8 you're going to have your work cut out for you. You can jig with any rod that'll handle the jig weight, the question is how often do you want to be doing it, how comfortable do you want to be jigging and how comfortable will it be when you're on the fish?

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As above PE 8 and 6 foot will

Fri, 2011-09-23 17:34

As above PE 8 and 6 foot will make it harder but possible. Length will be more useful for the livebaiting etc though as you mention.  How long are your arms if you have XXL like me you can sometimes grip the rod higher up with the pulling hand when needed (left if winding right handed), which partly negates the extra length/leverage against you.





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