I'm not sure what you mean by the rail's making it difficult. If you are talking about the disadvantage of not being able to use the rail with a spinner to land the fish, I have never encountered a large enough fish while jigging to have to do that. If you mean just the jigging itself, on one trip, I jigged for a brief time (say, an hour with each) and I did not find it difficult because of the rail with either rig. I did find it more difficult to achieve hookups on blackfin using a Smith Nirai/Stella 20K though and when I switched to a friend's conventional (OTI300/Ocean Jigger) I hooked up fairly quickly. I realize one can learn to detect hits while dropping on the spinning rig, but from my scant experience, it is not as automatic.
But that has nothing to do with your question about the rail.
Believe me, gentlemen, another six inches may seem awesome but it's more of a problem than it's worth. I've had to live with it for years and it's hell. Too many places you can't go--kind of like the original Hummer--too many mountain roads that are too narrow for it. I've lived in terror of personal injury lawsuits for years.
Lexpro:You know, I really don't remember whether it got in the way or not--but I wasn't even thinking about it at the time--I was busy being pissed off that I was missing the strikes and others on either side of me were hooking up. The other thing was that I wasn't really yo-yoing with the rod--just dropping down and reeling back up. I'm sure next time, I will be thinking about it.
But any way I've fished jigs on the Big E and Capt Casey with spinners
only, (until last summer)on many overnight and day trips mainly from the Bow and stern corners.
At 5'8" (me) the rails weren't a comfort issue. I slow jig with the rod butt on my hip\thigh and if get hooked to a larger fish. move rod to small gimble plate.
To me the Gulf Eagle rails seemed higher on the stern at least on the one
night I have fished it.