I am interested in livelining herring for the first time ever this year. I am interested in doing it both from the banks of the Delaware River as well as out front in the surf. I have two setups to choose from. I have a 8'ft medium action rod i use specifically for plugging, and at 10'ft surf rod i use for bait in the surf. The 8'ft pluggin rod does not have a baitfeeder reel whereas my 10'ft rod does have the secondary baitfeeding drag system. A couple of questions, with the size of the large females that will be traveling up the river this spring to spawn, would I be better off using the 8 or 10 ft rod when livelining herring in the river? If I use the non-baitfeeding reel and plugging rod, what method of fishing would you recommend? I was thinking just set the drag on the reel normally, then after the cast, open the bail (free-spool) and hold slight tension on the line (to prevent birdnesting), after the pickup and ensuing run, flip the bail back and set the hook.. The other way would be to cast and set the drag really loosely, after the pickup and ensuing run, cup the reel to hook the fish, and then keep cupping the reel and cranking down on the drag until its usable.. Not sure which way would increase my chances of landing her.. With the surf rod and baitfeeding reel there would be no issue unless its too big of a stick to fish the river with. All responses are welcome.. I dont really want to go out and get a baitfeeding reel for my 8' rod if not entirely necessary. By the way, both reels are spinning not conventional.. Thanks in advance..