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KEY THINGS TO LEARN BEFORE YOU SHOP FOR A FISHING ROD

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Rima Chandra
KEY THINGS TO LEARN BEFORE YOU SHOP FOR A FISHING ROD

When it comes to fishing rods, each manufacturer's terminology varies, and many of the rods are technique-specific. It is not easy to select the best fishing rod unless you understand the following metrics of a fishing rod.

Length

The length of a fishing rod is the distance it covers right from the tip to the base. The length of a fishing rod directly affects its hook set leverage, casting distance, and accuracy. Ideally, a longer rod of over seven feet will cast further than a shorter rod under seven feet of the same power. However, shorter rods are more accurate.

The perks of a longer rod are that it provides more leverage on the hook set as it takes up more line during a swing. Go for longer rods if you are after more distance on the cast or more leverage on the hook set. Shorter ones are ideal when fishing tight cover like such as docks and brushes. These days, there are portable longer rods that easily fold into a fishing box Malaysia or pocket, so you don't have to worry about traveling with them.

Power

A fishing rod's power is how strong it is or how much weight can cause it to flex. You should ensure you balance the power of your fishing rod. Using too soft power is more likely to hurt its distance and accuracy, while too heavy power can cause decreased efficiency and backlash issues. Lure weight ratings are on the side of the rod, while power-weight rating translates to the line.

Action

The action of a rod is vital to its performance. Action specifically refers to the actual part along the length of the blank the rod flexes. A fishing rod with slower action bends towards the base, and a rod with faster action flexes towards the tip.

Ideally, the faster the rod's action, the more sensitive it is, and the slower the action, the more forgiving. Faster actionable rods are ideal for finesse applications that require feel, while slow action is suitable for moving baits that need forgiveness.

For example, a casting rod Malaysia is very suitable for newbies since it is easier to cast and works best for catching fish like trout, panfish, and other smaller fish species with either live or artificial bait. On the other hand, a spinning rod varies in length and actions to catch different fish types, although it is also popular for catching panfish, catfish, and walleye.

The bottom line

There isn't likely to be just one perfect type of fishing rod you can buy. In fact, many savvy anglers will have more than one type of fishing rod in their fishing arsenals. The perfect kind of fishing rod may heavily depend on your fishing goals that day and your experience.

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