A short (6 feet or less) rod is ideal if you want to make short, accurate casts. When pinpoint accuracy is less critical, a long rod (over 7 feet) is the way to go. Dingy or dirty water and heavy cover are two situations where short-range accuracy is part of the recipe for success, and a shorter rod can really shine.
Is a 7 foot rod too long?
A rod’s length affects casting distance, accuracy, and hook set leverage. Longer rods (over 7 feet) will cast farther than shorter rods of the same power and action, and shorter (<under 7 feet) rods will be more accurate. If you’re fishing tight cover like docks and brush, try a shorter rod.
Does length of fishing rod matter?
The general rule of rod length selection is this: shorter rods cast shorter distances, and longer rods cast longer distances. Why does that matter? Well, shorter rods are great for fishing in close combat, when you don’t need to cast a distance. Longer rods are for covering more water and casting a great distance.
What is a 7 foot rod good for?
A 7-foot baitcast rod is an ideal choice for tossing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, as it will provide better casting distance, leverage and the ability to pick up line quickly.
What is an 8 foot fishing rod used for?
Long baitcasting rods (8′ to 9′): these are often used for power bass fishing, which involves extra long poles that have Medium Heavy to Extra Heavy power, and that are used with high pound test braid (30-60 lb or more).
How do I know what size rod I need?
Rod length is measured from the end of your handle to the end of your rod’s tip and can heavily influence your casting abilities. In general, smaller fishing rods cast shorter distances, while longer fishing rods cast longer distances.
What are shorter rods used for?
As much as a lengthy rod offers casting distance, a shorter rod helps leverage fish, especially massive-body game fish. That’s when stand-up tackle shorter than 6 feet shines. This type of stand-up gear is trolled, or a live bait is flipped away from the boat; distance casting, however, isn’t really an option.
What is a 5 foot fishing rod used for?
If you really want to go into details, or fish with a specific lure only, use 6,5-7 ft rods for spinner and buzz baits, 6-6,5 ft for topwater lures, around 7 ft for worms and jigs and 7,5 for flipping and pitching. Of course, a weekend angler will not need all of these options.
What pound line should I use?
The higher the pound test, the stronger the line. For trout fishing, for example, one might use a 4- or 6-pound test line. For bass/walleye/northern pike fishing, use 8-pound test and up.
What is the best fishing rod for beginners?
#1: PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #2: PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #3: PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #4: SHINEPICK Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #5: SOUGAYILANG Speed Bass Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #6: ZEBCO Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. #7: SHAKESPEARE Ugly Stik GX2 Fishing Rod and Reel Combo.
Can you surf fish with 8 foot rod?
Surf Fishing Rod An 8ft surf rod will work well in areas where the water is calm; otherwise, choose a minimum length of 10ft. Surf rods also have characteristics called “power” and “action”. This will be a great all-around rod, allowing you to cast heavy sinkers and handle fish over 3ft in length.
What is a 6/10 medium/heavy rod good for?
The KVD Tour 6-6 or 6-10 medium heavy action makes that easier, especially when fishing spinnerbaits or swim jigs. It has a softer tip that loads the rod best for the low trajectory/soft splash entry you need.
What does 3000 mean on a fishing reel?
A 3000 size spinning reel is more suitable for medium sized fish (such as bass or pike), due to being lighter in weight, while a 4000 is better for bigger fish (such as muskie), or for saltwater fishing.
What is a 6 foot 6 rod good for?
Rods under 6’6” are ideal for trout, panfish, and younger anglers. Longer rods over 7′ are popular for some bass fishing techniques such as using swimbaits and crankbaits and longer rods are also the go-to choice for anglers targeting salmon and steelhead.
Which is better a baitcaster or a spinning reel?
Baitcast reels can handle heavier line and actually allow for longer casts than spinning gear in the same size range. A small spinning reel has a smaller, more narrow spool, which has a hard time with large diameter lines. Small baitcast reels can handle these lines and provide greater casting distance.
How many fishing rods should I have?
The average angler doesn’t need a dozen rods and reels. It’s nice to have that many, but for most anglers three will get you through almost any bass fishing scenario. And, you don’t need to buy the most expensive ones, either. Rods in the mid-price range will do you just fine.
What is the best rod length for bass fishing?
The recommended size would be from 7- to 8-feet long (many tournament circuits do not allow bass fishing rods longer than 8-feet). A good choice would be a 7 1/2-foot rod because it is a little easier to pitch the baits.
What is a medium rod good for?
Medium and medium-fast rods will usually provide a little more casting distance and still provide adequate hooksetting power. These actions are often used for applications that involve treble hooks, such as crankbaits and topwater lures or other reaction baits such as spinnerbaits.
What is a 7 6 medium rod good for?
The 7’6′ Medium-Heavy is the most versatile rod in its class. We designed it for pulling rattle-traps through the grass. If you want to throw a light Carolina rig, a small swim bait or a mid-Depth crankbait, this rod will get the job done. This is one rod you will want to keep on the deck at all times.