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Watching videos online, tournament coverage, and his TV show One More Cast, I always see Shaw Grigsby with some kinda cover on his rod butt... Does anybody know what it is and why he uses it? Does it offer any advantage?

 

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Jakob

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Watching videos online, tournament coverage, and his TV show One More Cast, I always see Shaw Grigsby with some kinda cover on his rod butt... Does anybody know what it is and why he uses it? Does it offer any advantage?

 

Thanks,

 

Jakob

 

http://lunaseasports.com/store/

 

They're for floatation and comfort when you

fight fish and have the rod butt jammed into

your midsection...

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Those are some gaudy looking things.  I've never had trouble with dropping my rods in the water and balancing can be done with an end cap and some quarters.  I wonder if this product would make it on the show Shark Tank?

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I'd say it's for comfort more than anything. All the old guys use them. Roland Martin, Charlie Ingram, etc. I'd say they've gotten tired of rod butts digging in their sides.

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Lots of punch fisherman use them. .... jamming the rod butt into your ribs for 8hrs starts to suck. ESP for us old guys. ( I don't own one. ...they're cost prohibitive for me)

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I'd say it's for comfort more than anything. All the old guys use them. Roland Martin, Charlie Ingram, etc. I'd say they've gotten tired of rod butts digging in their sides.

I'm old and I don't use them.  Jamming a rod into their ribs, hmmmmm.  With a bigger fish sometimes the rod is under my armpit or laying across my waist rod at 10 or 11 o'clock with my hand on the foregrip or on the shaft, the butt is never pressed in.  

 

People that fish everyday don't get sore or rarely drop their rods in the water, this is a marketing ploy IMO.

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I'm not sure if I've ever jammed my rod into my ribs, but having a floatation device can definitely be useful in some of the places I've fished. While I"ve never lost a rod/reel I've seen it happen on people fishing on breakwaters and other places. The Leader Mate looks cool too. Anyone have any experience with those?

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That's a marketing ploy.  There is no amount of force from bass fishing that you have to dig a rod but into your ribs or whatever.  No I could see them being very useful for surf fishing with long rods and big fish. 

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Oh. .... OK. Well I'm glad you guys set me straight then. I was apparently imagining the rod butt fatigue because I was brainwashed by marketing strategies.

I will now go forward and know that its all in my head. Thanks!

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That's a marketing ploy.  There is no amount of force from bass fishing that you have to dig a rod but into your ribs or whatever.  No I could see them being very useful for surf fishing with long rods and big fish. 

I spend a lot of time at the beach.  In order to press the end butt squarely into one's midsection the rod would have to be held almost straight out, that doesn't allow the rod to work.  That is not the way to land a fish IMO from the beach, the rod is pointed higher allowing the natural bend of the rod to play the fish.  The butt may be pressing in a little bit but not jammed in.  If the fish were big enough I'd say a fighting belt isn't a bad idea.

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