What Are the Right Bass Fishing Rods?

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For bass fishing rods, Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop has a very large selection. Picking out the bass fishing rod that is right for you depends a lot on your level of experience. Your selection of bass fishing rods is also influenced by how frequent your opportunities are to fish and how devoted you are to learning new techniques.  Price is also a concern and in some instances, you certainly don’t want to overspend for your skill level and frequency.

A New Bass Fishing Rod Can Start a New Great Hobby

Shimano Cumulus bass fishing rod

The right bass fishing rods will depend a lot on the level of experience of the fisherman. A novice, who would like to learn to fish for bass, can use just about any combination of bass fishing rod and reel that attracts them. A new outfit doesn’t have to be expensive.  Most every fisherman started out with a spincast reel and a spinning rod before moving onto other equipment. There are many styles and techniques to bass fishing, rods such as a simple spincasting fishing rod and reel is a great place to start.  As you get better, and begin to compare notes with more experienced bass fishermen, the spinning fishing setup will still be a great equipment even when you move up to other combinations and fishing techniques.

Where Do We Start With Fishing Equipment?

  • The recreational fisherman who fishes a few times a year is happy with a lesser expensive bass fishing rod such as the Shimano Voltaeus Rod which only costs around $40. The Shimano Voltaeus is available in both spinning and baitcasting versions.
  • A more frequent and experienced angler on a budget would look for a Powell rod at $140. The Powell rods also come in spinning and baitcasting versions.
  • The upper levels of experienced, elite, bass fishermen, who fish constantly, would not be satisfied with less than a G. Loomis rod or a Shimano Cumulus bass fishing rods costing $350 and up.

The Shimano Voltaeus spincaster rig is going to be the best budget-minded rod to begin with that is definite quality level above the run-of-the-mill discount store rod.

How to Choose: Spincasting vs. Baitcasting Equipment

If you’re at the entry level, how willing are you to learn the craft of fishing with a baitcasting reel? Using baitcasting equipment causes the learning curve to be steeper. It takes a significant amount of practice to get good with baitcasting equipment. The payoff is in the casting precision which allows you to be able to throw into snaggy, nasty areas without losing your lures in the junk. A fisherman using a baitcasting rod and reel can do that, once the casting skill and technique is developed.

On the other hand, although spinning rods and reels are easier to use at first, especially for a novice, it is far more difficult to master precision casting. The basic learning curve for using a spincasting setup is much shallower. Generally, a new fisherman can cast adequately with just a few minutes of practice.

It seems obvious, but worth mentioning, a baitcasting reel, needs a baitcasting rod while a spinning rod works best with a spinning reel . Mixing them up doesn’t work well because of the way the line comes out of the reel and the size of the guides on the rod and also because a spinning reel hangs under the rod instead of sitting on top like a spincast or baitcasting reel.

Technique Determines the Equipment – Not the Other Way Around

One type of bass fishing rod will be better than another in specific circumstances. Spinning excels where you want to make a vertical presentation like dropping bait over the side of the boat. All you have to do is open the bail and let the bait fall. It isn’t that simple with baitcasting equipment. First of all, because of the way the line feeds out of the reel (or doesn’t) means that a vertical presentation is usually a two-handed process with baitcasting equipment.

The Skipping Technique

Another advanced technique an expert will do with spinning reels that is not done as frequently with baitcasting reels, is to skip baits across the water. Spinning reels, because of the free movement of the line, works better at this technique. The cast is made with a low angle to the water, thrown hard, and that allows the bait to bounce – or skip – like skipping a stone across the water. Skipping allows a fisherman to get the bait in and underneath objects like docks or branches. Such land features create shade that invites fish to linger and rest- and eat things that intrude on their space.

Dropshotting Gives You the Choice

Dropshot is a technique where the fisherman will choose a baitcasting rig, spinning gear or a spincasting setup by personal preference, based on accumulated experiences of the individual fisherman. Dropshot-specific bass fishing rods generally have very soft tips so when a fish bites, the fish does not get the sense it is hooked, but the fisherman can feel it and set the hook.

This information should get you started or, at least, started thinking. For excellent, real-time advice, feel free to call us at our toll-free number, (866) 993-1139. Our staff are all professional and tournament fishermen and all of us started fishing in the same place – at the very beginning.

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