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Need Help with Bent-Butt Standup Rod

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Now that I have filled the jigging rod gap in my tackle collection with an OTI 300 gram and (when it arrives), an OTI 600 gram, I think I have only one gap to fill, after which I hereby swear and affirm, I will never, ever, so long as I live, from the beginning of time until the end of the earth, again buy any offhore rod. :)

A long time ago, TJ told me he had such a rod on sale, and I replied I wasn't ready for a bent-butt rod yet. However, having seen what a yellowfin--even the small ones--can do to bend MY butt, and having talked to several people who have used one, I am reconsidering. I would appreciate folks checking out my reasoning on this and critiquing my thinking:

I have been thinking that I could take a short (say 4 1/2 to 5 foot) bent-butt rod, rated for 130 pound, plop my ATD50W with 130 pound JB hollow on it, at 50 -60 pounds of drag, put that sucker in the rod holder, so it describes about a 45 degree angle to the water, and either deep drop it or use it for chunking. Then, when a fish hits, I could push the lever to strike (or even to full) and just fish the rig in the rod-holder until such time as the fish takes off horizontal to the rail. Then, I could reduce the drag to a manageable amount and pick the rod up and put it in the belt to follow the fish down the rail. This would be, in effect, "using the rail" to the max.

Question 1: Can anyone find a flaw in this thinking?

Question 2: Am I correct in thinking that a very short, stiff rod like that, with a bent butt, would allow me to fish higher drag with less pain than say, my 6 foot 760H? (Keep in mind I am a bit older than Gman or MrBill or Gunsmoke and, although I am fairly strong for my age, I am not built like a tracked tank-retrieval vehicle.
Question 3: Any recommendations on such a rod? TJ, I think drifter (Louis) told me that you use a rig like that????? I have looked at a "Deep Drop" rod Melton sells--6 feet, and another 4 1/2 footer in their catalog, both for standup. I want to keep it in the 400-600 dollar range.


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other ideas if someone wants to fish outta the rod holders and doesn't wanna $hell out the big buck$ for a bent butt......


don't wanna $hell for a swivel adapter?.............

drop a golf ball in the holder

that's if the holders are strong enough, have a gimbal pin, or are otherwise closed off at the bottom, and are the same ID size as standard boat rod holders........... never been on those sorta boats to know

i've one of those adapters for the zero degree shotgun rod holder on my boat to use lighter standup rods there on occassion....... works perfect and even brings the reel up a little higher for easy reeling from the holder when retrieving heavy-drag lures or teasers
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That looks like a trick solution, MrBill. With that and one of Kil's T-bar rail adapters, fishing could be a low-effor job! Is the device you pictured commercially available, or, as I suspect, would you have to fabricate it?


here... http://solomarine.com/sub-category.asp?CID=76 ..... and scroll down

i also have one of those straight extensions for guests that wanna plop down in the fighting chair with a standup rig when it's rough seas.............

it gets the reel out from between their knees if their long-legged
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