TEN-FOOT RODS will soon be on the market.
STORY UPDATED, 10-15–With the announcement of a new standard in rod length for B.A.S.S. competition–to a full 10 feet–there has been a lot of speculation as to what impact it will have on fishing and on the rod market. But here is a little added perspective.
“Tule dipping” preceded flipping, bass tournaments and long rod pitching. It was unrestrained and practical (even commercial). But it was not a “rod and reel” technique. Dipping rods were fiberglass poles with the line attached at the tip. There were no reels, no casting–just six feet of heavy line and often, a jig.
When Dee Thomas and partner Frank Hauck were thrashing the competition in the early days of team fishing in California, the push back from the competition was to ban the pair because of their tackle advantage. Instead, wiser heads prevailed asking Thomas and his corporate alter-ego, David Myers of Fenwick, to find the “the shortest length rod” that was still effective. (more…)