Understanding Fishing Rods

You would think a fishing rod would be a pretty simple design, and that would be the easiest purchase to make when starting out fishing.

In reality, there are more rods than you can poke a stick at, and each rod has a purpose. Getting the wrong rod for the type of fishing you want to do, can make your ability to land good fish very difficult.

You have everything from short and stiff rods to massive over sized rods for casting off the beach.

So where do you begin when choosing a fishing rod.

The Purpose Of A Fishing Rod:

There are two main functions of a fishing rod:

  1. The ability to cast your lure or bait.
  2. Help you fight the fish once hooked.

There is a bit of a compromise between these to functions.

A good casting rod will be long, and but you will sacrifice power when fighting a strong fish.

A game fishing rod is short and stiff, and is hopeless for casting, but acts as a very powerful lever for fighting huge fish.

Most anglers starting out will want a rod that has some casting ability, so we will focus on those types of rods.

Game Fishing Rods

Rod Length:

How long you want your rod will depend on the type of fishing you want to do.

If you plan on fishing from the beach or rocks, you will want to be able to make huge casts. So a really long rod is best for you.

These types of rods can be 10-14 feet (3-4m).

However anglers who want to cast from boats, or towards specific structure or objects in the water, then you will need a rod that requires a little more casting accuracy.

These rods are shorter and can be anything from 6-8 feet (1.8-2m).

Fishing Rod Materials:

The materials used to wrap a rod will have a big affect on the action of the rod.

Modern day rods are made of graphite, carbon fiber or fiberglass. In fact many rods will have various materials and be a composite rod.

These rods are much like a modern golf club and require a lot of care when transporting and storing.

What material is right for you?

Well a fiber glass rod will often be very strong. But the action of the rod will be quite slow.

A graphite rod is stiff, yet light. However these rods can break and shatter very easily.

If possible the best all round rod will be a combination of materials such as fiberglass or graphite.

Your safest bet is to go for a fiberglass rod, which will be much more durable and forgiving as you get used to your gear, and learning to fish.


Fishing Tackle For Beginners

There is nothing more frustrating when your fishing tackle and equipment is of poor quality, and not able to target the type of fish you desire.

Poor quality fishing gear is almost guaranteed to break when you’re having your best fishing session ever, or hooked up to the fish of a lifetime!

So even when starting out in fishing, and purchasing your first fishing reel or rod, it is recommended that you shop around and buy the best value gear you can afford.

When you get more into your fishing, and your skill level, and ability to target different kinds of fish species, it is likely that you will then be prepared to make more significant financial investments when purchasing more tackle.

Upgrading Fishing Equipment:

You will be replacing your terminal tackle very regularly.

Items such as fishing line, will be something you will go through quite quickly.

You should be regularly changing out you leaders, and changing the nylon on your rigs at a minimum of once a year.

When your have got a bit more experience under your belt, and your budget allows, you should consider purchasing higher quality tackle when you are up for replacement.

This is also true for lures, jig heads, hooks and flies. And over time you will amass a good collection, and will have a few favorite and reliable brands.

Buying better quality equipment and tackle, doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive.

As with anything, there is always low, middle and high price ranges within a market. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the most expensive is always the best.

I have always found that the mid priced brands and items have always provided the best value for money, and performed beyond expectations.

Quality Of Fishing Tackle:

Bent Fishing Jig

Just about all fishing tackle and equipment is manufactured in Asia.

A lot of anglers are quite negative about this, but that doesn’t mean that the quality of the product is poor.

Always remember that some of the worlds greatest fishing and marine brands are from Asia, such as Daiwa, Shimano, Furuno, and they are some of global market leaders in the marine industry.

If you stick to the more known brands, then the quality of the tackle will be just fine. Where fisherman get into trouble is when they start ordering from discount websites in bulk straight from Asia. In the end the normally end up with poor quality knock off marine products.

To stay safe, stick with long standing brands and products. For example certain models of fishing reels and rod have been around for over 30 years. These are proven products that are popular and keep selling.

Always purchase from a retailer or manufacturer that offers a warranty, as this is a sign that the manufacturers stand by their products, and gives you peace of mind.

If you’re a beginner to fishing, then you will soon find that this is all about trial and error … and that is half the fun!

Happy Fishing.