How to choose a Fishing Rod

How to choose a Fishing Rod: Everything you need to know

After a hard-working and stressful time, we spend at work or maybe in our social life, people tend to do outdoor sports to take out their stress and feel comfortable. So here comes one of the top hobbies in the world. Many people tend to spend their time fishing and to succeed in this you’ll need the right equipment. So the first thing you’ll need is to choose a fishing rod. But How to choose a Fishing Rod? How to choose Fishing Rod length? What are the power and the action of a Fishing Rod? What are the two Fishing Rod types?

I’ll help you answer all these questions in this post. The answers are simple and I’m going to guide you with this. So let’s get started right away!

How to choose a Fishing Rod?

Choosing a fishing rod whether a spinning rod or a baitcasting rod can be pretty confusing as well, and there are different lengths, powers, and actions. So I suggest is picking a Spinning reel in 3000 or 4000 sizes and matching it up with medium light, medium, or medium heavy spinning rod.

When picking a fishing rod, look at the manufacturer printed directly on the rod, it says the rod length, C.W or Lure refers to “Casting Weight or lure weight”, sections: 2 or 3 or more, line maybe be 10lb or 20 or more, some printed with how many kilos like 4, 8, 10 and so on.

How to choose a Fishing Rod

How to choose the Length?

To choose your rod length, you must consider your fishing style and location. If you’re willing to fish in rivers and lakes, I suggest you pick a 7 feet rod or 7-foot 6 inches, why? rod’s length affects casting distance. Longer rods over 7 feet will cast farther than shorter rods of the same power and action, and shorter ones under 7 feet will be more accurate but have less casting distance.

Shorter lengths can also help when fighting fish because they often have less bend than longer ones. However, longer rods excel in their ability to cast long distances, making them great for covering more water and fishing deep areas.

What are the power and the action of a fishing rod?

In this paragraph, we’re going to discuss both “power” and “action”, in addition to their role.

Power and action affect your casting distance and the action of your lure in the water. When you make the right combination of both, you’ll have great results catching a fish.

Power

Firstly, the “power” of a rod refers to how much pressure it takes to bend the rod. Different rod powers are made because it handles a different range of lure weights and line sizes. Rod powers come in different categories (Ultra Light – Medium-Light – Light – Medium – Medium-Heavy – Heavy – Extra Heavy – Ultra-Heavy).

Action

Secondly, the “action” of a rod is determined by where a rod bends along the blank. Fast action rods bend mostly near the tip, moderate action rods bend more near the middle of the blank and slower action rods bend down into the butt section. Rod actions also come in different categories (Slow – Moderate – Mod-Fast – Fast – Extra Fast). Firstly, slow-action rods are more flexible and are ideal for lighter lures and slower baits. Secondly, fast action rods are more rigid and are great for throwing heavier baits or around heavy cover where anglers need to jerk their catches out of vegetation. Thirdly, moderate rod or mod-Fast is a versatile option that combines both slow and fast action rods and it’s preferred, especially for beginners.

How to choose a Fishing Rod type?

Now after you took an idea about the power, action, and length and how to choose a fishing rod, the last thing you’ll need to look into is the rod. We have 2 types of fishing rods, the most important thing is to consider the environment, fishing style, and location, according to the fish species that you want to target.

choose your fishing rod type
A Spinning Rod or A Baitcasting Rod?

Spinning Rods

Firstly, spinning rods. They come in different lengths and options and they have the guides on the bottom and the spinning reels hang on the bottom also. This makes for a comfortable, easy-to-use option for anglers, especially for beginners, and gives the option to choose from ultra-light rods to heavy depending on your fishing style and targeted fish. Also, it’s designed to throw light lures and jigs and heavier ones which creates more options for the angler to choose which one he prefers and if it fits his style of fishing.

There is also another type of spinning rod, which is the surf rod. Therefore, these types of rods are heavy and come in longer lengths making them cast far heavy baits and sinkers from the beach surface, piers, and rocks.

Casting Rods

Secondly, casting rods come also in different lengths and options. They have their guides on the top of the blank and the spinning reel on the top also. These types of rods give the angler the ability to cast long distances with more accuracy and precision, but it’s harder to use, and not preferable for beginners. Beginners will face bird nets or backlashes when casting these baitcasting reels.

Another type of baitcasting reel is trolling rods which are used for larger fish games like tuna and marlin, it’s useless to cast with these rods since it’s heavy and it doesn’t cast lighter lures, it’s only preferable for boat fishing.

Therefore I reviewed some good fishing rods that work well for beginners and professional anglers, you may like to view them:

fishing rod 1

LINNHUE Fishing Rod

  • Spinning rod available.
  • Baitcasting rod available.
  • length from 1.68m to 2.70m.
  • Carbon Fiber.
  • 2 and 3 sections are available.
  • Lure weight from 5-15 to 10-40g.
  • Action: super fast.
  • Ultra-light, medium, and medium-light available.
fishing rod 2

MIFINE MAXIMUS – FUJI

  • Spinning rod available.
  • Baitcasting rod available.
  • length 1.68m to 3.2m.
  • Carbon Fiber.
  • 2 – 3 and 4 sections are available.
  • Lure weight: 3-18g to 20-70g.
  • Medium-Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy available.

Phishger – FUJI

  • Spinning rod available.
  • Baitcasting rod available.
  • length 1.68m to 3.15m.
  • Carbon Fiber.
  • 1 and 2 tips are available.
  • Casting Lure from 5-20g to 25-80g.
  • Line from 2-10lb to 10-25lb.
  • Medium-Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy, and heavy are available.

FELENHAI – FUJI

  • Spinning rod available.
  • Baitcasting rod available.
  • length 1.68m to 3.15m.
  • 30TCarbon.
  • 3 and 4 sections are available.
  • Casting Lure from 3-15g to 20-70g.
  • Spinning: Line from 2-8lb to 12-30lb.
  • Casting: Line from 5-12lb to 12-30lb.

DMX – Street Bass

  • Spinning rod available.
  • Baitcasting rod available.
  • length 1.98m to 2.70m.
  • T800Carbon.
  • 3 and 4 sections are available.
  • Casting Lure from 5-21g to 12-42g.
  • Line from 8-16lb to 12-25lb.

Ecooda Black Thunder

  • Spinning rod available.
  • length 7′,2”/2.18m and 6′,8”/2.03m.
  • T800Carbon.
  • 2 sections are available.
  • Casting Lure from 0.4-8g to 0.6-10g.
  • Line from 0.2 to 0.8PE.
  • FUJI Parts Long Casting Rods.

Conclusion

In conclusion, of choosing a fishing rod, both baitcasting rods, and spinning rods are widely used in different fishing situations, but what makes a fishing rod either spinning or baitcasting fits the fishing situation is first to consider which fish are you targetting, the lure you’ll be using and the location you’re going to.

In addition, I do recommend reading the rod manufacturer prints directly on the rod, trying to understand the rod’s action and power, and matching your rod with the reel you’ll be using, the line size, the lure’s weight, and size.

Hope you got an idea about how to choose a fishing rod and I would like you to share it with people would want to start fishing and are feeling overwhelmed with which fishing rod they must get, so take a charge and explain what you’re learned from this article. Have any questions? Please let me know in the comments below, See you in the next article!

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