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Posted by Clice on Apr 06 2006
Fish Man,
Bait caster setups have a distinct advantage for certain situation's.  Bank fishing for Salmon being one of them.
Your reel choice is a good solid one but not the best out there IMO.  Many people will swear by abu and they are certainly a good reel, I have blowen through my fair share of them but I have not had the new Cabo from Quantum, or the Takota from Shimano or even the Calcutta fail me.  Little pricey in the short run but well worth the extra buck in the long.  IMO
Rod length, lots of factors to play with here.  Pro's and cons to both but a longer rod is your first and should be your only choice, here's why.
Casting distance and "castability"..8'6" or longer has a distinct advantage here when casting the required weight and other gear while targeting Salmon. be it spoon, spinner or wieght with bait.  
Action..look for a mod to mod fast action rod, extra fast is more for pulling plugs
keeping line off of the water....probably the most important aspect of the rod while fishing from shore, be it any method you choose to fish with.  The longer the rod the more line you can keep off of the water, which in turn spells less drag from the current creating a more natural, efficent, and sensetive presentation.
Versatility, a logner rod will cast your spoon/spinner more efficently, can be used for drift gear fishing (most widely used application) and can triple as a good float rod as well.
As far as balancing, when you add your reel to it, which will be on the larger size of reels all will balnce out, you put that reel on a short rod your arms will feel like jello after an hour, it throws the balance way off.
Fighting fish..a longer rod will in turn allow more power to be applied to the fish than a 7 footer, thus in turn making it "easier" to turn the fish in heavy current.  sometimes it doesent matter if you have a boat to chase the fish you still wont be able to turn him but at that point it doesent matter if you have tree trunk for a rod.
Feel or sensetivity, a longer rod in the power that you are looking at Med/hvy to hvy will have greater sensetivity than a short stick making it much easier to detect those light, nearly impossible to feel pick up bites.  This in turn may be why you see more people hooking up...because they are feeling bites that 9 out of 10 wont feel.  A baitcaster is not going to make that feel or touch if you will, happen overnight but it will make it more pronounced and easier to detect with time on the water.  I have been doing it along time and there are still fish I miss....just part of the fun
Choices...on the market you cant go wrong with a good Lami or Loomis they both have great all around or even more specific application rods on the market and both have great warranty.  Custom, i build customs for myself and there are a myrid of blanks to choose from, if I was to buy or build an all around rod tonight it would be 9 or 9'6" Med/Hvy say 10/25lb test med fast action.
If you have a specific water that you like to fish or a certain method that you soley use post or pm me and I will try and narrow your search even more.
Hope this help's


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