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Evening gents. Im putting together a little bit of kit so I can have a go at float fishing for pike, nothing to heavy duty. Im just looking to fish a simple float setup fishing baits like small sprats ext, fishing venues like canals, small rivers and ponds. I feel a big 12ft  3.5tc pike rod would be overkill for what Im going to be doing. 

I feel a smaller rod would fit me better, maybe around the 7/8foot mark given the venues I'm looking to fish, could a light/medium jerk bait rod be used for this? Coupled with a 3000/4000 sized reel? 

If anyone has a similar scaled down setup id like to hear what your using, or if you can recommend me anything that would be great, many thanks

Dan

 

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Your problem is setting the hooks with a shorter rod, not many are stiff enough. 

On a jerkbait or lure rod it is the fish hitting the lure that sets the hooks. 

 

You might find a 10ft carp rod with a 3lb TC is OK, but to be honest, not having done it myself I wouldn't know. 

My pike rods are 12ft and 2.75 or 3lb tc

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On 17/01/2021 at 16:43, salokcinnodrog said:

Your problem is setting the hooks with a shorter rod, not many are stiff enough. 

On a jerkbait or lure rod it is the fish hitting the lure that sets the hooks. 

 

You might find a 10ft carp rod with a 3lb TC is OK, but to be honest, not having done it myself I wouldn't know. 

My pike rods are 12ft and 2.75 or 3lb tc

Appreciate the info Nick, I went for one of my 9ft 2.75tc carp rods in the end. Seems to feel like a nice balanced setup. Unfortunately no fish to report but there's always next session. Many thanks. Dan

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