Tried a little experiment last Saturday and used my Tenkara rod to bait fish. I used my Fountainhead Caddis Rod 330 with 4# test line and a # 8 Tru Turn gold Aberdeen hook. My method of casting was to use an underhand swing method. My bait of choice was a dollar store smoke sausage. I was able to cast pretty accurate within a 20 foot radius. Depth was obtained by either raising or lowering the pole. I used colored bobber stops as indicators to follow the line.
It was a 25+ fish day with all C&R. The takes were great since the pole is so light. The different between this method and a telescopic crappie pole is night and day. The Caddis Pole is 2.8 oz. total and I was able to fish for three hours with no strain. The amount of control I was able to exercise on the line was unlike any crappie pole I’ve ever used.
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- Eiji Yamakawa
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