- Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:39 pm
Sure, a short rod has more leverage over a fish, not less. The rod's lifting point is nearer the fulcrum . . . your hand. A five pound fish on the right short rod with enough reel is no issue.
There are, though, two interesting issues: One, is that a short rod is often criticized for kayak fishing because it often can't freely reach around the bow if a fish runs across the front from one side to the other; and, the other issue is casting distance. For the second issue, it is really of no great matter. Few of us power fish from a kayak, certainly not seated so casting distance is not high on our list usually. And, we can often glide in so close to our targets.
I love the idea of having one short rod, 5' to 6' in a med-heavy power, moderate to fast tip, this for fishing for larger species. Under low bridges, too! For crappie down to panfish, the same in an ultralight.