Hello all i was wondering why some of you with the exception of bank fisherman choose to use longer rods , especially when on a boat . Now to the best of my knowledge and as far as i know the following tends to be true shorter rods puts more leverage on the fish . ie when fishing bottom fish in salt water . Also know from fishing here on the great lakes that long rods are used with lighter lines to protect the line from hard running fish like the salmonoid species , but that again is the extreme end of the spectrum , example i often use a 13 ft. ultra light rod with 4-6# test line to subdue fish in the 15+ LB. range again salmon , carp and so on and can do it most times quite quickly in current which is usually the case with salmon . Is there an advantage to using a rod in the eight foot range or a particlar application to which the extra length is a plus in a boat .