7ft or 8ft Rod for half days?

Cheech

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8' all the way. It'll cast a bait further and I like it better for flylining and tossing jigs. Rock fishing either way. Get comfortable, you're gonna be grinding on the handle all day.
 
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Cheech

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Rock fishing will depend more on the depth and the drift. Lots of line straight down and weight up in the 12-16 oz. range. You need a good reel you like and a rod with enough backbone to pull up the weight plus the fish. Braid is the way to go here. Many anglers prefer a shorter rod for this. It's a good application for a 2-speed reel and a stiffer rod. An old-school tuna stick would work fine, or you can use a heavier live bait rod. It's gonna depend somewhat on conditions and how deep the boat is fishing.
 

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Rock fishing will depend more on the depth and the drift. Lots of line straight down and weight up in the 12-16 oz. range. You need a good reel you like and a rod with enough backbone to pull up the weight plus the fish. Braid is the way to go here. Many anglers prefer a shorter rod for this. It's a good application for a 2-speed reel and a stiffer rod. An old-school tuna stick would work fine, or you can use a heavier live bait rod. It's gonna depend somewhat on conditions and how deep the boat is fishing.
Alright thanks. Can I yo-yo with the 8 foot?
 
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Cheech

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I like eight-footers for yoyo. My first choice. Agreed on the Sealines and I like the Diawa Proteus rods as well. I have been sipping a bit of the United Composites Koolaid though.
 

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Wait but ur name is shimano penn! And cheech is right you need a couple different options to play the game at the highest level but the 8 footer will be able to do most things well, throw bait and be able to throw some sort of iron/colt sniper. I like the older brown blank teramar in the 15-35 lb range with a lexa. Good luck and remember you can catch fish with what you have just be patient and learn from the guys catching fish.
 
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    If primarily for bait then 7ft.

    For jigs longer would help you gain casting distance. Also if fishing the bottom when you lift the tip your jig will cover more water.

    Various trade offs. So right tool for the job. Eventually you'll acquire many tools.
     
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