Getting the right fishing equipment depends on your intentions, needs, and a whole lot of details pertaining to your angling conditions. You need to look at the type of technique that you regularly use, the line that you want to utilize, and last but not least, the species you are pursuing.
Just like not all rods and reels are made to be the same, the same goes for the fish you are targeting. Some are heavier; others are lighter. Some prefer certain water conditions, while others have different feeding or behavioral habits.
Despite their size, some small fish can put up a serious fight, and so make it considerably harder for you to reel them in. It goes without saying that all of these fish have various preferences when it comes to the bait or lure they like and respond to.
Freshwater vs. Saltwater rods
It used to be that freshwater rods were less reliable and durable compared to their saltwater counterparts. Nowadays, though, things have changed a lot as most manufacturers don’t even bother with using different materials for one and the other. If you start doing your research on the matter, you’ll notice that many anglers have used their freshwater setups in saltwater, as well, without compromising their durability or efficiency. All they did was give the rods a good rinse after having used them.
The rod flex does vary depending on your application, which is to say that it needs to be chosen depending on the weight of the lure and the one of the targeted fish. Most surf fishing rods have lengths ranging from 9 to 11 feet and are rather light. This way, they can be utilized for casting heavy weights on a longer distance so that the line ends up above the surf.
By contrast, boat rods have to be sturdy, strong, and short. In most cases, inshore casting rods are medium whereas those intended for offshore casting are medium to medium heavy. The main idea is that the rod has to match your line and lure, as well as the reel capacity and drive ratio.
Finding the right rod for the fish that you’re pursuing
If you are a complete beginner when it comes to the art of angling, we suggest making up your mind about the places you want to fish. Once you’ve figured out this detail, you can start doing your research on the species that can be found in that particular area. Doing your homework pays off a lot as you will be able to learn a lot of things pertaining to the feeding and living habits of the fish. Don’t underestimate its anatomy, either.
Over time, we have published several articles for targeting specific species. Read them and find the best rods and reels for crappie, pike, carp, trout, salmon, catfish, striper, and bass.
What’s an all around good fishing outfit?
If you’re getting your first ever fishing setup, we suggest opting for a combo instead of buying the rod and reel separately. A 6 to 7-ft medium action rod matched with a spinning reel can make a great beginner’s outfit. Some other things that you will require to get started with your fishing adventures will be spinners, pencil floats, sinkers, ball-bearing swivels, and snaps, as well as a number of quality hooks.
How to make sure your setup is balanced
The simplest way of ensuring that your rod and reel are perfectly matched is by reading the specs. Of course, if you’re a rookie, you might have a hard time understanding the terminology used to make the difference between one rod and the next, for example.
Have a look at your pole or search for the specs online to find out the line weight it is made for. This detail is the most important factor you should consider if you intend to get your reel individually, but luckily, it is printed both on the pole and the reel. In a nutshell, if the line capacity is the same both for one and for the other, you’re all set. If you can’t be bothered with all of this and want to make the most of your equipment, just choose a combo.
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