Deadbait rods from a boat

deno chapman

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Hi all,
I'll be heading back to the UK to take my portabote out for some river fishing along the Soar soon (Leics). I plan to take a medium spin rod to keep busy, and a deadbait on another rod under a float. Can anyone recommend a nice short rod of say, 6' to suit a mackerel sized bait and slider float? All I can find in the way of short rods on the tackle sites are rods for sea fishing which would seem to be a completely different action and not conducive to good pike care to me. I have baitrunner 6000 reels and also some general purpose float rod coarse reels too.

Any suggestions or advice much appreciated!
 

Phil Heaton

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To be honest I wouldn't go much less than 9' ish with a bait rod. As it allows plenty of room for the trace, up trace if you use one and the float when casting.
I use 10' rods in my 10' portabote with no issues of between 2.5lb test and 4lb test dependant upon the location and conditions.
It also depends on your budget, these well priced fox rods are fine and capable https://www.tackleuk.co.uk/Shop/RodsPikeRods/Fox-Rage-Predator-Warrior-Boat-Rod.htm These Free Spirit rods are obviously more expensive but are better quality https://billyclarke.co.uk/freespirit/13647-free-spirit-pike-tamer-10-300lb-boat-pike-rod.html
 

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To be honest I wouldn't go much less than 9' ish with a bait rod. As it allows plenty of room for the trace, up trace if you use one and the float when casting.
I use 10' rods in my 10' portabote with no issues of between 2.5lb test and 4lb test dependant upon the location and conditions.
It also depends on your budget, these well priced fox rods are fine and capable https://www.tackleuk.co.uk/Shop/RodsPikeRods/Fox-Rage-Predator-Warrior-Boat-Rod.htm These Free Spirit rods are obviously more expensive but are better quality https://billyclarke.co.uk/freespirit/13647-free-spirit-pike-tamer-10-300lb-boat-pike-rod.html
Thanks very much for the reply Phil, I’ll check those links out. ???
 

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I am not sure what your budget is but may be worth having a look at Dave Lumbs website. His rods are not cheap but are built on Harrison blanks
 

keora

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Drennan make a 10ft Pike Rod designed for boat fishing. It's good, I use it for bank fishing:


You could also try a spinning rod - about 8ft might be a suitable length for boat you have.
 
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