You should be fine. Not that the extra foot wouldn't be handy but you will be able to get out far enough.
I only surf/boat fish so I forgot about the dynamic of having alot of people around, but it still shows you the mechanics of casting to get you more distance. The momentum of the cast gives you more velocity and helps you load the rod up easier. Check out this video.. notice around 1:13 they start.Thanks for the advice. I checked it out and it looks like I'm supposed to let the weight fly up a bit then turn and release. No offense, but is that such a good idea on a pier?
Also should I use a special knot to hold the weight or will an improved clinch do?
Should you so happen to decide to buy another pole, I would HIGHLY recommend you not order it off the internet unless you have HELD that particular rod in your hand and felt it.Thanks for the help guys, I was almost roped into buying another pole.