So you are ready to purchase a new rod for bass fishing. How do you know what to buy?
Do you like to throw a spinner bait? There’s a rod for that.
Love crankbaits? There’s a rod for that.
What about plastic worms and other creepy crawly creature baits? Yep, there’s a rod for that too.
I remember when I was in this same situation, it can be a little overwhelming. Sometimes it made me want to go back to my good ole trusty Spideman setup. It always put me on the fish…
For those of you that aren’t convinced that Spidey can handle your new 3 oz. magnum spoon, here is a quick guide to finding the best bass fishing rod for your budget and methods of fishing.
The main thing you want to look at when breaking down fishing rods is the power rating. This measures how strong the rod is and gives you an idea of the type of baits and fish it can handle. The more power, the heavier line you are able to use as well. So, ready to find the perfect rod? Here we go:
MEDIUM CASTING ROD
These rods are ideal for baits that weigh between 1/4 oz. and 3/8 oz and can even throw baits that are lighter. Flukes, small jigs, in-line spinners and other baits in this range are a great fit for this type of rod. A good example is this Berkley Lighting Rod. These are great for lighter baitcasting setups where you are using a smaller diameter line.
MEDIUM – HEAVY CASTING ROD
If you are looking for something that can handle a little more “beef” then you need to step it up to a medium-heavy rod. These rods are ideal for larger spinner baits, jigs, Carolina rigs, crankbaits, and a variety of other baits. They can handle any range of weights between 3/8 oz. and 11/4 oz and are probably the most versatile if that is what you want most from your rod. For the medium-heavy rods I prefer a length of 7 feet or more. When you get the big bite or are fishing deep this length will help you handle those situations. Check out the Abu Garcia Vendetta in the 7 foot model. I highly recommend this type of rod if you are looking for the first time as it can handle pretty much anything you throw at it within reason.
MEDIUM – LIGHT or MEDIUM SPINNING ROD
For your third option you may prefer “finesse” fishing methods. These rods will need to be used with spinning gear as this often lends itself to the lighter side of tackle. Rods in this range would be ideal for throwing a drop shot, shaky head, weightless fluke or plastic grub. The range for these rods is usually around 1/16 oz. – 1/2 oz. Take a look at the Browning Medallion in the 6’6″ in both the medium-light and the medium range.
Obviously there is a much wider range of fishing rods available but for most bass fisherman this setup will be all you would ever need to have a great day out on the water.
The only other thing you need to take a look at is the action of the rod. In simple terms, action measures how much of the rod actually bends when you put pressure on it. Most rods are fast action which means they only bend in the top third of the rod. This gives added sensitivity to the rod and allows for more powerful and quicker response on hook-sets. The only time you would want to downgrade the action on the rod is when you are using crankbaits, topwater, or other reaction baits. Since the treble hooks typically don’t reach as far in the mouth of the bass, the slower action allows for added time in the hook set so you do not pull the bait out of the mouth of the bass too quickly.
Hopefully this will get you started and headed towards a great purchase. Don’t take too much time to make a decision, you could be out fishing instead!
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Until next time…
Keep casting my friends!