Good info... Yes the lack of casting distance will become an irritant over time especially if I can see activity a few yards further. I'm sure with practice I'll be able to get more distance. Did your adjustments make a lot of difference to distance?James,
Very much in accordance with my own observations. I really had to ´load´ the rod, starting slow and then speeding up, with a longer movement to get some distance. And with maybe hundreds of casts during a session, I just don´t like this type of casting… just as I don´t like throwing plugs that don´t fly straight… it starts to irritate me eventually.
As for twitching lures: I hardly use stickbaits anymore as diving jerkbaits always brought me better results, but it really surprised me how easy and subtle I could fish small diving jerkbaits I thought I knew well, like the Pointer 65 or Flashminnow 80, and found out that their potential was much bigger than I always thought off (even could 'kick back' a Pointer 65 S, never done that before)… really liked this aspect. On the other hand and quite disappointing, it hadn’t the backbone to really brutalize (jerk/rip) a small plug like the Asura, a rather shallow diving plug and thus not giving much pressure on a rod and weighting only about 8 grams.
I used the rod with braid, so I don´t think your switching from mono to braid will make such a difference, except for more casting distance.
And finally… the retailer where I got it from, thought the rod would be really great for dropshotting… I wouldn´t know, never done that type of fishing.
Shortened the butt as I did with my other (3) BW's by exchanging the EVA rear grip for an EVA fore grip 'Big V' style (I just kept the winding check in place and recycled the butt cap) for easier animating plugs... I like it that way and it doesn't effect the charasteristics of the rod much, hardly even the balance of it (the butt cap of a BW goes with a balancer btw).Did your adjustments make a lot of difference to distance?
Anyone got any tips on increasing distance?