The weather is warming up once more, and that means that it will be great for fishing. If you don't already have your own rod, or if you are looking for an upgrade, now is the perfect time to start shopping. Follow our tips to choose the perfect rod to meet your needs. You may even want to pick up a few for different occasions!
The length of your rod is the first thing you'll need to select when purchasing a rod. Fishing rods can range in length from about 4 feet up to 14 feet, although most fall between 6 and 8 feet long. As might be expected, shorter rods are better for casting shorter distances, while longer rods are capable of casting over longer distances. Contrary to popular belief, your physical height doesn't matter when choosing a rod length, but rather how you will be using the rod.
Shorter rods typically don't bend as much as longer rods do, so they are better for catching fish that tend to fight, like many larger varieties. Short rods are also great for when you are looking to save space, like when fishing from a kayak. Longer rods are ideal for pier fishing, when you may want to cast your line a long way out. Because longer rods typically bend more, they can help to take some of the pressure off your line, preventing breakage.
Action refers to how much a particular rod bends when you apply pressure to the tip, as this happens when you've got a fish on the line. Action can range from light to heavy. Most manufacturers rate action on a scale of one to three, with one being the lightest and three being the heaviest. Action is also sometimes referred to as being fast or slow. In this case, heavy equates to fast, while light equates to slow.
The action your rod requires depends on the type of bait you'll be using. Heavier baits require heavier rods, and vice versa. Fast rods are the better option for single hooks, as they give you more power when it comes to hook setting, meaning that you won't have to move the rod as much to deliver the power you need. Slower action is better for catching larger, more powerful fish, like bass, as they won't rip the hook out of the fish's mouth as easily. Treble hooks are best-suited to slower action.
Learn More About Choosing Fishing Rods
Here at Norton Sporting Goods, we have many styles of fishing rods for you to choose from. Our sales associates are experts in this area and can help you choose the perfect rod for your next adventure in the outdoors. We'll take the time to understand your needs and preferences before making a recommendation. Stop by today to see what we have to offer.