What's The Smallest Rod You Use?

Not Now Kato

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In these days of 16mtr plus poles and 17 - 20 foot rods it's sometimes a pleasant change to fish with something smaller.

I've a number of 'short' rods, but my favourites are a 5 foot Berkley Lightening LR220-5UL rod which I picked up on a trip to America. I've float fished with it, legered with it, and lure fished with it. It's a through action which just bends forever and it is capable of handling some serious fish. This Snapping Turtle, caught while float fishing, gave it its toughest test to date....

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My other favourite is a little 3 foot long Thumbs Up telescopic 'pen' rod that sits in the glove box of my car. Great to slip in my pocket along with a 1000 size reel and a couple of lures when I go out for a walk and am likely to pass by a likely looking pool. Cracking fun for very light lure fishing, but wouldn't like to connect with anything bigger than 8oz though!

What's the shortest rod you use?
 

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I've got a 5' Zebco - specifically the 4079 S Med Action - pistol grip type spinning rod with a closed face reel that sits on top of the rod with a trigger release.
Bought from either Walmart or K-Mart somewhere in California for the princely sum of about $10 for a set consisting of the rod, reel, a spool of 20lb BS braid and a couple of cheap spinners.
Don't use it very often and to date have caught only two fish on it - both jacks about 3lb each - it bent alarmingly so I'm loath to use it on venues where I might catch something bigger - I've got a proper 6' Shakespeare Sigma for those situations. That was also bought in the states - and other than lure fishing was used to catch two dozen carp up to 5lb from Lake Mead near Las Vegas.

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6ft 6 ugly stick travel spinning rod but never used it here and only used it a little bit in the US for kayak fishing and backyard canal fishing as it’s just too short for using from a boat or any shore spot than needs any sort of proper cast.
 

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I use an 8' cane Gudgeon rod and a 7' lightcaster for small rivers...
I did harbour licentious thoughts of a pair of 6' Dwarf carp rods, but only for novelty value
 

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I got a couple of kayak rods. 2 or 3 foot I think.
Impulse buy 🤷‍♂️ But have used them on pier when after coleys
 

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Smallest I use nowadays is 9’. IE … a 9 - 11’ beastmaster. Think I’ve a 7’ winkle picker somewhere but, I’ve not used that in 30 years.
 

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@tipitinmick
Fixed that for you 😉

Smallest I use nowadays is 9’. IE … a 9 - 11’ beastmaster. Think I’ve a 7 inch winkle picker somewhere but, I’ve not used that in 30 years.
🤣🤣🤣. I’d be happy with that in this cold weather. I hope Mrs Munch isn’t reading this thread. 🤣🤣
 

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I have a couple of 8ft Shakespeare Mach 1 I think they are. Strong enough for carp up to 10lb. Ideal when I used to share a peg with my son.
Pay for 2 pegs but dump gear in one and fish other. And used to net each other’s fish.
Happy memories Happy days
 

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I have a light Fox Rage dropshot rod of around 6.5ft plus three light spinning rods of differing casting ratings from around 6ft up to around 9ft Max.

I wouldn’t use a very short float rod unless I were fishing for tiddlers virtually underneath my rod tip; as casting a light waggler any distance in any water deeper than about 3ft to 4ft; and picking up the line off the surface and striking; plus trying to control any decent sized fish must be a nightmare with a short float rod especially if there is also any weed and lilies in the area.

Keith
 
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George Jones

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Smallest I use nowadays is 9’. IE … a 9 - 11’ beastmaster. Think I’ve a 7’ winkle picker somewhere but, I’ve not used that in 30 years.
I have a 7' winkle picker somewhere. I'm going to have a look for it tomorrow. A great little rod at the time. I can't remember the numbers but a pal of mine who had a tackle shop at the time reckoned it was his best ever selling rod.
 
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