Just saw an ad for ice fishing rods and noticed that they come in some pretty heavy weights for big fish like pike or lake trout. When jigging for kokes the fish I lose are primarily when I initially hook them. I am wondering if a stiffer, short rod might be better for keeping the fish on?? When I am jigging there is no casting and I do not think there are any advantages in having the line further from the boat with a longer rod so I would like some insight from other fishers on the forum - what do you think?

BTW, I have never used an ice fishing rod so this may be a wacky idea!