When and Why to Use a Short Fishing Rod

When it comes to catching bass in tight quarters, pro angler Drew Cook is long on interest and short on patience. That’s why he always keeps a short rod or two rigged and ready. How short? How ’bout a 6-foot, 3-inch Dobyns Champion XP crankbait rod? Calling this somewhat of a throwback deal, the Elite Series rookie from Quincy, Fla. said he has never lost his early appreciation for a rod class that as fallen from the norm.

“When I was a kid, a 5-6 to 6-6 rod was normal and a 7-footer was what you had for flipping,” Cook said. “Everything has gotten longer. I think it’s because of new reel technology and the ability to cast longer. Also, there are new techniques developing all the time, and rod makers have to design new rods.”

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