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.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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