Posted March 20 2012 - 10:45 AM
Is it a spinning or casting rod? What is the average weight of the bait you're throwing? What kind of line do you use? Sounds to me like you may be in need of a flipping stick. I have a St.Croix Rage thats 7'1" MH Fast. I really like using it to pitch Texas rigged, weightless senkos on Trokar hooks. However, when I start throwing creature baits & jigs I move up to my 7'6" flippin stick. I don't think the problem is with the backbone of the rod, you probably need a rod with a heavier tip. If you're using say a 1/2oz or 3/4oz jig, an XF tip just isn't going to give you the initial power you need to drive that hook home. Whats happening is you're probably pinning the fish just long enough to get a bit of a fight, but once they realize theyre hooked and really start fighting then they shake off the hook.