I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again—rods are such an important tool! If you’re going to fish you need to understand the who, what, when, where and why rod 101.
First: Always match the rod to your presentation—do you want to throw light jigs, topwater, heavy jigs, are you trolling, what depth and how fast? There are so many things that go into a rod.
Who: Selecting the right brand for you and your fishing exploits can be a difficult decision. I build my own rods and strongly suggest that more people do the same. Otherwise, choose a brand that best suits your objective and comes with a great warranty. If you want to know more about the blanks and guides you need to be able to access the people doing the selling.
What: This depends on WHAT you’re casting. I want to fish a flat for snook and throw light jigs from my kayak. Ok, so I would suggest a 7-foot, 6-inch rod built for 6-12-pound line. You need that “whip” for the light baits and the length to allow you to reach across a flat and around the bow of your kayak.
When: What time of year is it? I may use my flippin’ rod only a few months out of the year, but that’s my point. When is a very open ended question. Being aware of and anticipating scenarios when you’ll need a specific rod will allow you to plan accordingly.
Where: Where are you fishing? The bridge for snook is different than the beach for snook and the hydrilla mats are different than moving water in the river for bass. I fish all over, and cover greatly dictates rod selection.
Why: Each rod is built to allow you to present baits properly. A flippin’ stick vs crankin’ stick are two totally different rods. Just like any other tool they’re built for specific reasons. Sometime you need length and sometimes you need fast action, sometimes you need something heavy to throw heavy tackle and then getting into the offshore is the same deal. Trolling different lures vs drifting live bait on a flat line.
You will not find a rod that will do everything for you, so having a diverse selection will better prepare you for a list of fishing scenarios. Build your collection and keep it stocked, you’ll be glad you did!
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