Fishing Rods

Technological advances have made fishing trips easier. Having the right fishing rod can make all the difference to how many fish you catch and their size. Some fishing rods may be more appropriate to your needs than others.

What are the different types of fishing rods?

There are many different types of fishing poles. The most common include:

  • Casting rods - These fishing rods are the most basic option. They are great for fishing in rivers and streams where rocks, logs, and debris may be hidden below the surface because they take a heavier line. They do require a casting reel, however. They can be used with a wide variety of bait and lures in your tackle box.
  • Fly rods - These rods are designed so that the heavy line disappears, allowing the fish to only see your fly bait. Keep in mind that you will need different fly rods depending on the size of fish you are aiming to bring home.
  • Spinning rods - The unique design of spinning rods makes them comfortable for anglers who like to fish for many hours. Spinning rods are perfect for lightweight lures and live bait. Many prefer spinning rods for catching bass, pike, walleye, and trout.
  • Surfing poles - The long handle grip on these poles makes them a great choice for casting with two hands. Most are extremely long, making them solid choices for fishing in the water near beaches.
  • Telescopic rods - These poles get longer and shorter, making them easy to transport. Since many reach up to 14 feet long, they are useful for surf fishing, allowing anglers to reach water beyond the breaking surf where schools form.
  • Trolling poles - These poles are designed to be used off a moving boat. They come in a variety of lengths.
  • Ultra-lightweight rods - If the goal for the fishing expedition is to bring home small panfish, then an ultra-lightweight rod may be a good choice because its light weight will not scare small fish away. People using these rods may get more bites.

What action on a fishing pole is appropriate?

The action of a fishing pole depends on how well the pole bends when pressure is applied to the tip. Use:

  • Ultralight action when fishing for most small fish, including crappie and bait
  • Light action when fishing for bluegill, drums, jacks, and sunfish
  • Medium action when fishing for bass, catfish, pike, musky redfish, snook, salmon, trout, and walleye
  • Heavy action when fishing for halibut, salmon, sailfish, shark, sturgeon, tarpon, and tuna