Fishing Tips

Fishing Rod- Buying Guide and Review

The cornerstone of your total angling setup is a solid fishing rod. Quality is very important, but so is choosing the correct rod. Choosing a fishing rod might be intimidating, especially if this is your first time. The number of things to consider can make your mind spin, from length and materials to movement and power.

Rod Length

When purchasing new fishing equipment, the length of the rod will be the first consideration. Rods can be as little as 4 feet and as long as 14 feet, however, most bass fishing rods are between 6 and 8 feet long measured tip to butt.  Shorter rods cast shorter distances, and longer rods cast longer distances, according to the basic guideline of rod length choice.

The length of your rod has a major effect on how far you can cast. Longer rods allow for longer casts, but they’re also more difficult to maneuver. Shorter rods, on the other hand, allow you a lot more control but also limit how far you can toss the lines.


This refers to the rod’s tensile strength or lifting capacity. Heavy, medium-heavy, medium, and so on are common power ratings. Line strength is strongly tied to power; bigger power rods will handle heavier line weights, while lighter powers will handle light lines.

Power ratings differ depending on the type of rod; a heavy bass rod and a hefty offshore rod will not seem the same. One might be rated for a 25-pound line, while the other might be rated for an 80-pound line.


Graphite, fiberglass, or a blend of the following are used to make rods. Graphite rods are often lightweight and stiffer than fiberglass rods, but they tend to break more easily.

Because of their brittle texture and low weight, they are more sensitive and are better at detecting light bites. The thicker fiberglass rods have a lot more flexibility, and some of them are practically unbreakable.


The handles on most rods are constructed of cork, foam, or a combination of the two. Anglers select their handle based solely on individual opinions. Depending on the distance you want to cast, you can pick between a short or long handle.

Cork is the ideal material for a soft and light handle with suitable grip, even when wet, that will communicate the delicate vibrations of a huge bass choosing your worm.

Cork’s quality varies widely, as does its price. The grade of cork used in most rods is determined by the overall cost of the rod; the most costly rods will have the highest quality cork.


One of the most important aspects of a fishing pole’s performance is its action. Action is determined by the rod’s form and substance, and it determines how much and where your rod bends.

The speed at which the rod returns to its original position is likewise controlled by action. That’s where the terms “quick,” “medium,” and “slow” are.

Quick (fast) action- Rods with a fast action bend at the top, underneath the tips. They’re incredibly sensitive to even the smallest nibbles, transmitting vibes directly to your hands. Fast rods have the ability to snap back rapidly, which is great for a forceful hook setup.

Medium action – In the top part of the pole, the rods bend. They have good hook-setting and response skills, as well as the ability to cast a long distance. Medium action rods work nicely with multiple-hook setups since they move a little slower than fast action rods.

Slow Action– Combating even the tiniest critter is a lot of fun with slow-action rods. Slow-action rods provide very spectacular throws. When casting, though, you must match the size of the bait to the rod. 

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