This article is from the Fishing bass FAQ, by Bass Rogue with numerous contributions by others.
- The RodMaker
Why do you select one rod over another? Let's assume for the moment you
are going down to your local discount store to buy a bass rod. There you
see a large selection of rods to pick from. Your first decision will be
to select either a spinning or baitcasting rod. Then what length do you
need? What power do you require? And what type of grip do you prefer?
How many guides should the rod have? Does the rod have the proper action?
And finally, what presentation will you use the rod for? You might be
saying to yourself, "So, what does all of this have to do with buying a
rod for bass fishing?"
Guess what? Everything, that's right, everything. All of these questions
relate to how a rod will react when fished. Now, I have observed people
looking at different rods in a store with no idea as to what they are
looking at or for. They seem to pick a rod more for how it looks, rather
than how it might fish. So let's examine the different types of rods used
for bass fishing today.
The first rod can be used for several applications - blade, spoon, or soft
stickbait. This rod should be made of standard or intermediate modulus
graphite. It should be a 6-foot casting rod with fast action in the
medium to heavy power range. It should have 6 guides in addition to the
tip. Of course, it would have your choice of grip material.
The next rod we will look at is the heavy cover rod, primarily used for
flipping pitching. This rod should be made from high modulus graphite
such as IM-7. It should be a 7-foot casting rod with fast to extra fast
action and heavy power. It goes without saying that any quality rod
should have a guide for each foot of length plus the tip.
What's next? Oh yea, the Carolina Rig rod. This should also be a high
modulus rod 6-foot, 6-inch to 7-foot. It can be either a casting or
spinning rod with fast action and medium to heavy power.
Then there is the crankbait or balsa wood stickbait rod. This rod is
ideally made of fiberglass or at least a composite. Just ask David Fritts
what he uses. It can be either a casting or spinning rod, 6-foot, 6-inch
to 7-foot, moderate action with medium power.
Now comes the good ole topwater rod. This also should be a fiberglass or
composite rod. The reason being is fiberglass and composites are softer
and therefore more giving when you set the hook. And who hasn't jerked
the lure out of a fish's mouth before. The topwater rod should be a 5-
foot, 6-inch to 6-foot casting rod of moderate action with medium power.
Oh boy, one of my favorites - the spinnerbait rod. Now, the spinnerbait
rod should have a composite blank, 6-foot in length. Although casting is
preferred, a spinning rod can be used. The rod should have moderate
action with medium power.
Anyone out there doing any smallmouth fishing? Well, here's a rod for you
- the grub rod. The grub rod should have a graphite blank, 6-foot and use
a spinning reel. It has fast action and medium power.
How about the finesse rod? This should be a high modulus IM-6 blank. It
should be a 6-foot spinning rod with moderate to fast action and light to
medium-light power. This rod is used when the bite is light and you're
using those great 4-inch worms.
And last, but by no means late is the worm rod. Now. the worm rod is 100%
graphite. It can be either spinning or casting, 5-foot, 8-inch to 6-foot,
6-inch with fast action and light to medium power.
So there you are. Now, when you go looking for that new fishing rod, you
will know what to look for in a rod. These are not trade secrets that I
am giving away. But rather knowledge, the knowledge that every bass
fisherman or woman should possess.