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Would I be able to get away with using a 6’ 10” MH Rod for jigs up to 3/4oz, weighted Texas rigs up to 3/4oz, Tokyo rig up to 3/4oz... bottom stuff like that in light to moderate cover (not thick mats)? I’m a kayak angler, and a short guy, and am thinking that a little shorter rod would be easier to manage. 

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Hi Louie,

     Welcome to BR!. At 3/4 oz (not including the plastic bait I assume) your at the upper end of a MH rod's range. Some brands may be able to handle that just fine especially if your not trying to bomb or long cast your lure. Most MH's are rated between 3/4 and 1 oz.  Adding a bait and hook with a 3/4 oz weight will likely put you at or over 1 oz.  Bottom contact baits like your asking about using a fast to xfast action rod is preferred. Using a heavy bait on that type of rod would put more stress on the tip of the rod. 

     All of that of course is subject to personal opinion and and brand of rod.  If it were myself I would consider dropping the weight size down to 3/16 or 1/4 no more then 1/2 oz and after bait and hook you'd be much closer to 1/2 oz and in the sweet spot range of the rod.   

     Great first post!

Fishingmickey

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If you were gonna be at 3/4 - to 1 ALL the time, I'd say step up to a Heavy.  But if you are gonna be consistantly be in the 3/8 to 1/2 range, you should be fine using the high range weights every now and then.  Just make sure to get a MH rated for up to 1 or 1 1/4. To be on the safe side.  Most mh are rated for up to 1.   There are some 6'6" - 6'9 heavys out there if you feel the need to step up.  

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I have been using custom jig & worm 6'10" rods rated 1/4-1 oz for 30 years, no issues using 3/4 oz jigs with trailers. I also use 6'10" rated 3/8- 1 1/14 oz with 7/16 oz jigs and trailer or 1 oz football jigs when making longer cast or for better control of big bass. 

Medium Heavy differs between rod builders, 5 power H for Dobyns is similar to MH St Croix rods rated 1/4-1 oz fast jig rods. Rod handle length also vary changing the rod length from reel seat to rod tip affecting casting action.

Tom

PS, ALX Skipper is 6'9" 3/8-1 oz fast MH+ that could work for you, 1" shorter handle same rod length reel seat to tip as a longer rod.

 

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The Zolo is good, but I think of financial practicality. How often are you going to be faced skipping or using that rod. If you can afford $250+, the Zolo Skipper is a nice choice so is the Dobyns Champion 610-4 ($239). I personally own a TFO 6'10" MHF ($150). I get by just fine. The rod is perfect for a weightless senko, creature bait, a Dark Sleeper, a spinnerbait, chatterbait, finesse jig, and about anything skip-able you can do on that rod. I use all these on my kayak and it's an awesome rod. I feel it's a steal of a rod. I really feel TFO is very underrated. The rods look exactly like G. Loomis. Same aesthetics. You put a TFO and G Loomis side by side and hide the badging you would think you're holding a GCX. Same price as a matter of fact. 

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A 6'10" MH (rated 3/8-1oz) is my favorite rod. I wish more manufacturers made them. Best blend of length/casting distance and accuracy in my opinion. Can also use it for walking/jerk baits. It's not the rod I'd pick up for a 3/4oz jig but is the right choice for anything 1/4-1/2oz. Why do you need to flip 3/4oz jigs? If you're a kayak angler I'd imagine you're fishing shallow mostly and would be better off with ~3/8 most of the time

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4 hours ago, JN94 said:

Why do you need to flip 3/4oz jigs?

I use 3/4 as much as any other size, even more so in the warmer months when metabolisms run high. It's not about the weight for penetrating grass or mats necessarily, the fast rate of fall is a very effective strike trigger, even up shallow in a couple feet of water especially next to cover, and it makes longer accurate pitches effortless.

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This is a 4 year old thread the OP hasn’t replied.

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14 minutes ago, WRB said:

This is a 4 year old thread the OP hasn’t replied.

The OP hasn't even logged into BR in 4 years...

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Old thread, but useful information. Fall rate, fast and x-fast for bottom contact presentations and a shorter rod and its uses.

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I fish and enjoy a lot of longer rods, 7'5-7'9, but one my newer setups is a 6'6 MH/F MC bottom contact rod.  I was slightly nervous at first since it's from overseas and difficult to return, but it is an absolute assassin with jigs and worms.  A nice short tip that can finagle a bait through cover with precision and deliver a quick hookset, is definitely changing my mind.

 

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To be honest I resurrected it. I have been searching for a good 6'10" Medium Heavy. Didn't know there were rules against it. Sorry

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No rules

It's good to see members reading old threads as there is always information that that one hasn't seen, or known about.

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On 6/18/2024 at 11:04 PM, lunkerboss923 said:

To be honest I resurrected it. I have been searching for a good 6'10" Medium Heavy. Didn't know there were rules against it. Sorry

 

Diawa Tatula TTU6101MHFB 

Length: 6' 10"

Taper: Fast

Lure wt: 1/4-1

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