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fishing rods

by Justin Toth

When fishing for different species of fish there are a few types of rods most anglers prefer to use, depending on the type of situation. Most of the time it comes down to using a practical rod.

For bass fishing the best rod usually ranges from 6 to 6.6 feet with medium to medium-heavy action. But when it comes to purchasing a new rod, keep in mind a few points; what type of fish you are going to be targeting, what scenario you're likely to find yourself in and what type of lure you mostly like to use.

If you know that you're going to be fishing for pike or small muskie or in a body of water with larger fish in general, stay with a medium-heavy or stronger rod. The reason for this is that usually you have more control over the fish with a heavier action rod. This will likely produce a better hook set. With smaller fish, like bass, the rods can range from medium-light to extra-heavy. The length and action of the rod is extremely important. Just think of whether you're likely going to be fishing from the shore, deck of a boat, off a dock or in a river. Keep bass fishing in mind. When you're fishing from shore, you're going to want to be able cast a lure out quite a distance for a long retrieve. So generally, the longer the rod, the further you will be able to throw the lure. A 6 to 7 foot rod should get the job done well. When selecting rods be sure to use one that is compatible with its certain type of reel.

The action of the rod is the way the rod is tapered and the strength the rod can withstand under pressure. When considering the action of the rod you need to know the weight of the lure you will generally throw out. The manufacturer usually gives the maximum weight the rod can withstand and a recommended weight of the lures to be used. The taper of the rod is a personal preference. A medium taper is standard for most rods. Fast and extra fast will have a larger butt section of the rod and will quickly taper off to the tip. It creates more back bone for the rod. This really comes in handy if you're fishing with a light lure and the rod is very sensitive. However, you will need a powerful hook set for larger game.

Another common marking on the rod is the graphite. This usually states how many parts of graphite per million the rod is composed of. (i.e. IM6 Graphite) The lower the particles of graphite in a rod will tend to give it a softer more limp feel. IM6 is prefect for pan fishing, or slow retrieve baits. An IM9 Graphite rod will have much faster action and be much more sensitive. This is handy when fishing in vines and you need to be really sensitive to distinguish a bite, from the bottom or some weeds.

If you like to fish with braided line, consider getting guides that can withstand the friction of the line rubbing up against it. If you don't have guides that can withstand braid, expect to break your line constantly and wear down the inserts on the guides to 'teeth'. There are several different types of guides out in the market. Some are titanium aluminum with special anodized materials. The more guides on the rod, the more accurate you will become with casting, not to mention, the less likely the line will rub up against the rod blank. Line against the rod blank can result in hair line fractures.

One other point to keep in mind is if you're going to buy a rod, you should expect it to last you a lifetime, depending on the amount of fishing that is done. Some rods now come with lifetime warranties against all manufacturer defects. This will be a key move if you want a rod to last you for the rest of your life.

Hopefully you will keep some of these key points in mind when purchasing that new rod so you won't be dissatisfied with your new investment.

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