Bass fishing is a great way to relax on a weekend afternoon. But what should you look for when looking for a bass fishing pole? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide what type of rod you want to use when you go out fishing.
Choosing a bass fishing pole should not be taken too lightly. There is of course no reason to get worked up about it, and it can be an enjoyable experience if you let it. Still, you will be using this fishing pole for a very long time, so you want to make sure that you make the right decision rather than jumping in with your eyes closed and your hands behind your back.
The first thing to think about is what type of reel you will be using, and what kind of lures you will want to have when you go fishing. Once you have decided on this, you will then need to consider the strength of the rod and the sensitivity of its response. Of course, another important factor to think about is the price that you are willing to spend. It is a very good idea to bring your reel with you when you are shopping around for a bass fishing pole. Only by having it with you will you know if the balance and comfort of the combination between rod and reel will work for you before you buy. Nothing is more important when shopping for a fishing pole than knowing that it will be comfortable for you to use a great deal of times for years to come.
You will of course need to decide if you want to buy a bait casting or a spinning rod. The next thing to take into consideration is the type of lures that you will be using. Will they be crank baits, plastics, spinner baits, or jigs? Will you be using a particular type of lure, or will you be using several different kinds? There are general purpose fishing poles available that can be used with all different kinds of lures. While these have a wide range of adaptability, they are not designed to fit with a more specialized bass fishing technique. If you are new to bass fishing and you are not really sure what type of lure has the most appeal for you yet, a general purpose fishing rod is a good way to experiment and discover what works best for you. If, on the other hand, you have been bass fishing for quite some time and know what lures and techniques you will be using, it is a better idea to think about all of your options and decide on something a little more specialized.
Most of the time, if you are considering using hard baits, crank baits for example, the tip of the fishing pole should be a little softer and the rod should be less sensitive. This is because there will be less strain on the fishing rod when when setting up the hook set. If, on the other hand, you are planning to use jigs, or plastic lures such as worms, a fishing pole with a stiffer tip and a more sensitive rod will be your best choice. This is because the hook set will alert you in a very abrupt manner, and you need to be ready to respond quickly when the fish has taken the bait.
The action and power of the rod features that will help you determine which rod is right for your purposes. The power rating of a bass fishing pole will let you know about some of its features such as its stiffness. The action rating will inform you as to how much the rod will bend when you cast your hook. The faster the action, the more rapidly it will bend. A rating of extra fast means it will bend near the tip of the rod. A pole with a fast action rating will bend around the top quarter or third of the pole. A moderate rating means that the rod will bend about halfway through the pole, and a slow rating means that the bend will be spread out throughout the entire pole.