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Old 07-09-2015, 19:58
Neil Smart Neil Smart is offline
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I don't like using ultra long book lengths, I prefer 10 to 18" " . To overcome the shy biting problem, if you can lower the tip, can be deadly, even sink the tip , hold the rod with the butt on your lap, you really get a sense of what's going on with the little plucks, twangs and pulls.
Of course if you are fishing at distance then this method is not possible, some anglers will go 6' foot or longer to get bites. I might go 2 foot.
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Old 10-09-2015, 16:10
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the only time i go longer than around 2 ft is if i want my bait under an overhanging tree or bush so i can drop the lead above the feature and allow the bait to drift under it, have used 4 or 5 ft in those situations.
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