In your opinon, what are the characteristics of a jigging rod and popping rod that are not able to combine ?
I have got into the jigging scene, but am looking to start and need advice on a good rod. I have a good top water rod, but need to know what the difference is. I have heard of some hybrid blanks on another board and did not know the difference.
Thanks for the help.
The qualities needed in a good jigging rod vs. a good popping rod are, IMO, so diverse that to be really effective, you need two different rods.
Now that can -and probably will LOL- be debated based on an unlimited amount of variables like budget, times per year fishing, class of fish targeted......!
Below is ALL subjective, but will give you a start on the info you're asking for:
From what I've read, experienced, and been taught, the best jigging rod -either conventional or spinner- for Private Boat is a 5'-5 1/2' foot ranging from 300g to 600g rating. On a Party Boat, a 6'-6 1/2' rod is considered by some to be better so that you can better maneuver the fish away from the hull, anchor line (Party boats aren't inclined to chase fish), or other anglers.
Jig rods have a parabolic action to impart the best/most action to the jig, but also have very strong butt sections to move/pressure fish up once their initial run is over, if any ( Tuna vs. grouper for example).
Remember that the above all depends on the conditions you are fishing in, the location (deep or relatively shallow with structure), the species, and your reel/line/jig.
A popping rod usually needs to be at least 7', but I know some anglers that won't use anything less than 8' and choose 9'-10's in order to get the longest cast available!
The rod needs to be able to let you effectively cast 2oz to 4oz heavy duty top water lures up to 100 yards (flexible tip), but also have a strong butt and middle section to handle and move/turn a fish when needed.
This info mostly relates to fishing in the G.O.M.
You can try to fish with a rod -like your 6'6''- that is supposed to be able to do both, but you will lose many of the critical characteristics of the technique specific rods provide.
A little long, but does that make sense or give you some direction?