No, not really. The thinking is that if a long jig gets bit, the school will not follow to the transom because it takes too long to reel it back in. I have proven them wrong time and time again. With a Cal 50 narrow and a higher gear kit, I can still wind it to the boat faster than most and the boat gets stopped which is the real goal. I cannot really blaim the deckies, they are doing what works for the averages. Another reason to own your own boat, imho. . . . .