Do you love big bluegill?
1/64 oz Lil Minnow setup (my lightest jig) up to 35-40 ft no wind...
Well, 30' gives ya plenty of room to work a lightweight jig! At one time I'd purchased a Tenkara fly rod just to present 1/64- 1/80 oz hair jigs in creeks &streams, then began to realize I could cast these mini jigs FURTHER with my light spinning gear, and first time out testing this got a dandy 4# pound smallmouth by a big rock, 25' out in a small stream!!
And ,as you've said, if ya wanta get way out with small jigs, just use a water bubble. I have a friend from Alaska, a native Eskimo tribal elder, who has caught many thousand of trout & grayling with a water bubble, weighted nymph, and a 4'6" rod !!
JIM GRONAW;; ALSO TYES A REALLY GREAT HAIR JIG HE CALLS;; THE RIVER CRITTERS !
I almost forgot to mention, the absolute ultimate guide to UL spin fishing with small lures/jigs is Joe Robinson's well researched/documented book, entitles " Piscatorial Absurdities ( http://www.sportsmansfinest.com/piscatorial-absurdities-by-joe-robi... )
tell me Smoltz what type of water do you fish? deep gin clear reservoirs or slop weed areas with laydowns and stickups?
Smoltz, mono or braid? I get plenty of distance without a lot of effort from my 5-7 foot ultra lights and 4-5# braid. have one reel with 4# fluorocarbon and it casts very well too. I also can dig out my 8 foot rods made on 5 weight fly rod blanks and cast far enough for my needs. 25-30 feet is an easy cast for me, 40-50 feet can be done with some effort but then I lose pinpoint accuracy. Many many fish are caught within 30 feet or less of my boat including right underneath.
Just got some 2# fluorocarbon to try. Remember 2# can catch a lot of fish and big ones if one sets their drag appropriately. That said would never use it when fishing in the weeds and brush.
i use 6lb nanofil on cheap soft whippy glass conposite rods at 4.5 - 5 feet.30 to 40 foot casts are all i need. spiinning rods are put away as i now switch to flyrods for the most part and again 30 to 40 feet is about the range i fish,nanofil gives me a little more distance but thats just me.i would fish softer mono if i wanted longer casts