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Do any of you guys use spinning rods this short for bass fishing? I'm not sure why but i've always loved the way mine feels. And by the way which would you prefer on a rod like this a 2500 or 1000 size reel?

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Not too long ago, 6 foot rods were very common. I wanted something longer and I had to have 7 footers custom made. If it feels right to you, that's all that matters. Bank fishermen might prefer shorter rods to make it easier to cast when there are trees directly overhead. There are sizes between 2500 and 1000. I like the 2000 size reels for most of my spinning gear, Quantum spinning reels are all that I use.

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1 hour ago, RedHeadAngler said:

Do any of you guys use spinning rods this short for bass fishing? I'm not sure why but i've always loved the way mine feels. And by the way which would you prefer on a rod like this a 2500 or 1000 size reel?

I use 6'6", 6'3", 6', 5'9" and 5'6" rods for bass fishing.

And I use Stradic 1000 reels exclusively. My max length
for a rod is 6'6". I just don't like long rods for bass fishing
in my yak as I frequently fish in areas with low-hanging
trees, bridges, and so on.

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6' medium spinning rod was the standard for decades for multiple species fishing and still is.

Bass anglers were slow to adopting spinning tackle, few used it 10 years ago, it is finesse fishing outfit. Like everything in bass fishing tournament anglers drive this sport and when tournaments started being won by finesse tackle, it became popular across the country.

The 1000/1500 size size spinning reels work best with smaller diameter main lines like 6 lb test mono/FC. If you plan to use 8 or 10 lb test mono or FC as the main line the 2000/2500 size reels create less line twist. Today many anglers use super braids with leaders on spinning tackle, the 1000/1500 size reels are smaller, lighter weight and work good with braid and leaders with your 6' med rod.

Tom

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Much of my tackle is "old". A favorite -been with me every year since I bought it new in 1981- is a Skyline 6005 6' med spinning. Although it's got a new set of guides on it now. Still LOVE that rod. I also still use a 6ft "MH" boron rod for jigs and soft plastics. Love that rod too.

Short rods have some plusses: casting accuracy (the tip being closer to the eye), and when fishing from the bank a shorter rod can be easier to deal with when casting amongst shoreline vegetation. Taken together, shoreline obstacles and casting accuracy and shorter rods can offer a substantial advantage when fishing from the bank.

I like as large a spool size as possible that still balances the rod. I would suggest avoiding small spool sizes for several reasons: retrieve rate, casting distance, line manageability, and fishable line capacity (the amount you can lose, wear back, before you need to re-spool).

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1 hour ago, Paul Roberts said:

Much of my tackle is "old". A favorite -been with me every year since I bought it new in 1981- is a Skyline 6005 6' med spinning. Although it's got a new set of guides on it now. Still LOVE that rod. I also still use a 6ft "MH" boron rod for jigs and soft plastics. Love that rod too.

Short rods have some plusses: casting accuracy (the tip being closer to the eye), and when fishing from the bank a shorter rod can be easier to deal with when casting amongst shoreline vegetation. Taken together, shoreline obstacles and casting accuracy and shorter rods can offer a substantial advantage when fishing from the bank.

I like as large a spool size as possible that still balances the rod. I would suggest avoiding small spool sizes for several reasons: retrieve rate, casting distance, line manageability, and fishable line capacity (the amount you can lose, wear back, before you need to re-spool).

I use a Stradic 2500 CI4+ with a 5'9" Cabela's Pro Guide rod for a good deal of my stream and pond fishing.  Spooled with 24lb. Gliss it's an absolute pleasure to use.  In defense of guys liking longer rods  most modern stuff adds several inches behind the reel seat.  I just find that such a handle gets in the way of my too big gut.

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My wife and I use 4 G Loomis 6 foot spinning rods (2 ml and 2 medium) I also fish a 7 footer for drop shotting and a couple of 6'6" mediums for things like Sencos rigged wacky, weightless, and texas rigged, tubes grubs and Ned Rigs.

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I have a 6' Shimano Crucial MH/F that I've had for many years that I enjoy using.  I have a 2500 on it.

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I regularly use a 6'0" ML berkley lightning rod with a size 25 Pflueger president as my main Ned rig rod (braid+leader), and a 6'0" M Pflueger Trion combo (size 30) with 6-8lb mono for small crankbaits, jerkbaits, and topwaters. They are perfect for these applications. The Pflueger size 25 is similar to a Shimano 1000 size and the 30 is similar to 2500.

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