Not all fishing rods are the same, that is why you need to pick the right one depending on the condition, location, and what species you’ll want to catch. The right one is one factor that contributes to the success of catching your game. Being able to place your bait in a precise location, without spooking any fish, can have a huge impact on whether or not you are getting bites.
But choosing one doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some features you need to look out for!
Rods are usually made of graphite, fiberglass, or both. Graphite is the most common material used in building bass rods today and was first introduced in the ‘70s by Fenwick. These days graphite is produced using extremely high temperatures in a two-part process, one to create tensile strength and one for stiffness. However, they tend to break more easily and are more brittle.
On the other hand, fiberglass has been used to produce rods since the ‘50s and has come a long way since then. Glass is noted for soft actions and toughness, and is used to build some great rods. Many anglers prefer glass rods for throwing crankbaits or other applications where a medium to slow action is required.
The best rods are made of mixed graphite and fiberglass as they are perfect for different locations and conditions.
Handles are important for you to have a comfortable yet secure grip of the tool. They are usually made of cork, foam, or both. Most anglers choose their handle depending on the feel, while others depend it on the length. A longer handle allows the angler to put both hands on the rod and rip it out there a mile. Shorter handles on your fishing rod are great for roll casting, casting with one hand, or looking for a precise cast at a shorter distance.
The power of a rod can be heavy, medium, or light. This feature describes how much it takes to actually bend the fishing rod. before buying a rod, you need to know the correct combination of power and action needed for your baits to work properly. The more power, the stiffer the backbone, the less likely to bend. You would want a rod with more power for fishing unless you only want to catch smaller species like trout and panfish. Ultralight rods make it easier to detect a bite with these kinds of species.
Moderate power rods are ideal for pairing more reaction-based baits like crankbaits, jerk baits, or spinnerbaits, as well as finesse presentations where you don’t want to break the line. For jigs, topwaters, frogs, and anything else, heavier power rods are more suitable.
The length of the fishing rod is one of the most important aspects you need to consider when choosing a new piece of equipment. They range on the tiny end from four feet to the huge end of 14 feet. However, most bass fishing rods tend to run between 6 and 8 feet measured tip to butt. The rule of thumb here is that shorter rods cast shorter distance, and longer rods cast a longer distance. I guess that’s common sense.
Longer rods are for covering more water and casting a great distance. These are ideal for walking baits, deep diving crankbaits, and other power fishing reaction baits. Bass anglers would use a longer rod to throw walking baits or anything else they are using to cover water quickly, while saltwater anglers use them for casting from piers or the surf.
If you want to fish in close combat or you don’t need to cast a distance, shorter rods will be more convenient and helpful. They allow less bending and stretching when a fish moves too much. Other anglers who love to catch big fish prefer shorter ones, and they are also preferable for kayak anglers looking to save space or anglers trolling for walleye or other species.
Don’t confuse action for power. Action is the point on the rod where it bends. It can be divided into fast, medium and slow action. A fast one will bend closer to the tip, and a “slow” action rod will bend closer to the butt.
Use slower action rods for moving baits with treble hooks, and faster action rods for baits with a single hook that need stronger and harder hooksets.