Casting Fishing Rods Buyer’s Guide


Fishing with Greater Skill and Precision

Casting Fishing RodsCasting fishing rods often become the choice over spinning fishing rods for several reasons, one of which is when you want to hit a small target. Casting techniques using casting fishing rods generally allow more precision in your casting ability, with more precision about where you land the bait. Casting to edges of the bank or fishing in and around bushes or into little pockets between bushes can be quite fruitful in hooking large fish lurking in those spots, but it will take more skill on your part to get good at hitting where you aim. Because the moving line on the spool of a casting reel is in constant contact with your thumb, distance control is much easier to achieve than with a spinning reel. This often makes it possible to use greater finesse in bait presentations. The opposite can also be true of casting rods, when extreme power is wanted such as when punching flipping baits. Desired fishing techniques are very important when selecting casting fishing rods.

Line Won’t Form Loops

Among the many reasons people gravitate toward casting rods and reels is that the line does not form loops when casting and, therefore, will lie out flatter on the water. Your line won’t have those twisting loops commonly seen coming out of spinning reels. Because there are no loops in the line there is less slack line between you and the fish so when it bites you see it much sooner than when you have to wait for the loops to get straightened out by the fish. This equates to more hooked fish! When bass fishing, normally people are throwing medium to heavy weight baits and for those, casting fishing rods work perfectly.

  • In general, if you fish a very small and light bait, then using a spinning fishing rod will make you happier, simply because it is easier to cast light baits long distances on spinning gear.

Fishing with casting fishing rods and reels has a higher learning curve than fishing with spinning gear.  It takes some practice to learn how to cast and even more practice to learn how to cast well. A very good caster can pitch a bait into a Dixie cup from 30 feet away with ease. The personal reward in seeing your fishing skills increase from taking this extra effort is well worth it.

Fish with Specificity

With casting fishing rods, there are a lot more technique-specific fishing rods made by manufacturers.

  • For example, there are rods designed to specifically fish with Yamamoto Senkodropshotsspinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater, flipping and swimbaits, rods all manufactured to optimize fishing with those specific bass fishing lures.
  • G Loomis Flipping StickThe G. Loomis Flipping Stick provides that kind of specificity where a spinning rod will not. This type of casting fishing rod allows finesse style with “heavy-duty” power. With a Flipping Stick, you can swing those bass lures into heavy cover and let them enter the water softly and have the backbone to still rip big bass right out of the weeds they were hiding in.

Casting Fishing Rods Used with Baitcasting Reels

Casting fishing rods are designed to fit with bait casting reels. One big difference is that the guides on the rods are a lot smaller. A spinning reel will cast out with loops and the twisting line needs more room to pass through the guides. Since casting with a casting reel doesn’t make those twisting loops, the line can pass through the smaller guides a lot better than on a spinning fishing rod. This gives a smaller overall profile to the rod itself.

What are our Favorite Casting Fishing Rods?

G Loomis Fishing RodFor a really good example of the many different types of casting rods take a look at the G. Loomis line. There is a huge selection in that line of rods. The G. Loomis Classic Casting Rod is just one of the fifteen rod types and there are four different rods in just that model line, depending on specific preferences. G Loomis defines many rods to specific bass fishing lures such as crankbaitsfrogsspinnerbaits,  jerkbaits, and even to the targeted species of fish, such asbass lures for small-mouth fishing, in their Bronzeback line. Each rod will have attributes that maximize its usefulness, and your performance and fishing pleasure, for the specific technique.

What to Look for: Length, Action and Power

What is the difference between a 6-foot rod with light action and a 6-foot rod with heavy action? This is where some confusion starts to creep in. We all do it, refer to “power” as “action”, when someone talks about a “light action” rod. What we need to do, when considering buying a rod online especially, is deciding if we want a rod with most of the bend in the very tip of the rod (extra-fast action) or most of the bend of the rod in the middle of the rod (slow action), or somewhere in between (medium action). Most bass casting rods have either a fast or extra-fast action because it is easier to cast most bass fishing baits with those actions.

Power, on the other hand, refers to the backbone capabilities of the rod- how well it can handle weight of certain sized baits and fish. It is very common to have extremely heavy power rods with extra fast actions and at the other extreme, very light power rods with an extra-fast action. Look at the G. Loomis Classic Casting Rod models.  They come in Light (power)/Fast (action), Medium/Fast, Medium-Heavy/Fast and Heavy/Fast versions. What differentiates between the styles is the length of the rod, the action, and the power.

Confused? Have Questions?

We are here to help. All staff at Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop are professional, tournament fishermen and we simply love to help others enjoy fishing. There is a lot to learn and a lot of choices that you need to make, but that means you have a lot of versatility and a lot of specificity.

Call us on our toll-free number and ask us a question. Our toll-free number is (866) 933-1139 or in Phoenix it is (602) 933-1139. If you are near by, drop in and see us at our fishing store in Phoenix, Arizona.

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