Fishing rods are the most often ignored pieces of equipment by fishermen, so you can take advantage of a these five fishing rod tips to set yourself apart. The fishing rod you use while on the water often makes the difference between a monster in the boat and the one that got away. Finding the right rods for the different situations and settings you plan to be in will make you a better and more effective fisherman, so check out these tips to beat the fish at their own game.
- Use the right rod for your lure. Most serious fishermen have an arsenal of rods to fit the type of bait they’re using. If you’re just a weekend warrior angler, you can’t go out and spend $200 each on ten or fifteen rods. But you can use some basic rules of thumb to diversify yourself. In general, if you’re using jigs or plastic worms, a longer, stiffer, and more sensitive rod is best. For spinnerbaits and crankbaits, get a medium length fishing rod with more give. And for topwater baits, get a long rod with medium flexibility.
- Make sure your fishing rod is a good fit for your reel. I’ve lost count of how many fishermen I’ve seen using a fishing rod made for a baitcasting reel with a spinning reel. It looks weird, and actually reduces casting length and accuracy. So don’t ignore the type of reel the rod you’re looking at is for. It will pay off when you’re on the water.
- Different rods for different fish. Using a short, weak rod made for crappie fishing when you’re going after larger fish just won’t work, and will also likely lead to a broken rod. In general, the bigger the fish, the longer and stiffer your rod needs to be. If you’re fishing for bluegill or crappie, on the other hand, you’ll need a rod with enough sensitivity to feel their bites.
- Pay attention to the rod’s build. Most modern fishing rods are built out of graphite, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. If you abuse your fishing rods or need absolutely precise casting (perhaps you plan on fishing between shallow weeds), it may be better to go with the more expensive, but more durable carbon fiber rod build. They may end up saving money that would be spent on replacements for broken rods in the long run.
- Make sure your prospective fishing rod is a good fit for you. The rod is essentially an extension of yourself when you’re fishing. No matter how nice or expensive a particular fishing rod is, if it doesn’t feel right in your hands, you won’t make good casts or set hooks well with it. This is probably the most essential factor in deciding what fishing rod to use.