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How To Choose the Perfect Fishing Pole

Fishing is a great way of spending your spare time. Though enjoyable, fishing can sometimes be a daunting experience for novices and experienced anglers. You will need the right gear to increase your chances of catching the trophy fish. A fishing pole or rode is an essential tool. There are a variety of fishing poles, each better suited for a specific fishing purpose. You need to know the different features of each type of fishing pole to choose the one most suited to your needs.

Types of Fishing Poles 

The main styles of fishing pods include:

  1. Casting rods have the guides above the blank, enabling anglers to be more exact when placing their casts. They include baitcasting, trolling or spin-casting models. Their primary difference is the guide’s size nearest to the reel seat. E.g. baitcasting reel’s guide size is smaller for reasonable path accommodation.
  2. Spinning rods are generally smaller and lighter, and they accommodate spinning reels. Their guides are below the blank. Ultra-light rods are suitable for beginners or children and for tiny fish. The surf rod, its sea alternative, is heavier and longer for holding larger baits. 
  3. Ice rods are shorter and specific for ice fishing.
  4. Telescoping rods are small and ideal for travelers. They can catch almost every type of fish. 

Factors To Consider When Choosing a Fishing Pole

Given the wide variety, it is essential to consider the following factors when settling on a fishing rod best suited to your fishing needs. 

The length

It determines the casting distance. Shorter rods are ideal for fishing bigger fish as they allow fighting the fish, while longer ones cover more distance to reach deeper waters. Shorter rods are also suitable for novices since they offer balance and accuracy. 

The material

 Rods are usually made using fiberglass, bamboo, graphite, or amalgamated material. Each has its pros and cons. For instance, graphite offers extra fighting power but is highly fragile, while fiberglass is more durable but heavier.

Power and action

Power or rod weight refers to the energy needed to curve the fishing pole and ranges from ultra-light to ultra-heavy. Ultra-light rods are for small fishes like trout, and ultra-heavy are for deep-sea fishing. Action refers to the location on the blank at which the bend occurs. In terms of action, rods range from “slow” to “fast” action rods. A slow action rod will bend nearer to the handle, while a fast action rod bends at the uppermost third section of the blank, respectively. A fast-action rod is ideal for heavier baits, whereas a slow-action rod is excellent for lighter lures. 

Your fishing skill level, the kind of fish species you plan to catch, the fishing environment, whether in the salty sea or fresh river or lakes, and the fishing method you will use will significantly determine the type of fishing road you will use.

Consider all the discussed factors when choosing the perfect fishing pole for your next fun and successful fishing adventure with Phantom Tri-river Charters, Talkeetna, AK.