We all know that using the right equipment is just as important in fishing as it is with most things. In an industry that offers so choice of bait options and fishing techniques, rod manufacturers have designed rods that can cast specific baits even further and most importantly accurately than ever before. But they have also had to balance these capabilities with other factors to offer anglers the advantage over a hooked fish. Most successful fishermen can now select the perfect gear for their usage. Now with the right rod for a certain situation allows for anglers to cast baits flawlessly, allowing for the baits to work effectively, increase strike detections, and allowing for the hook to be set to land a fish more frequently.

Lure Choice

The choice of lure will generally determine the perfect fishing rod, much like the right fuel makes your vehicle perform better. Much like using a flipping rod to fish with crankbaits would be impractical. While you may be able to cast a crankbait with a flipping rod, there will be issues with the distance, accuracy, and even the ability to land a fish will drastically decrease. We recommend familiarising yourself with the different parts of a fishing rod and in turn how each part will affect your ability to cast and battle with a hooked fish. This is one of the most important steps when selecting the correct rod for your type of fishing and is where we recommend starting.

You should consider this when choosing a baitcasting or spinning rod, typically there are three things to take into account: power, action, and length. The right combination of power and action will offer a longer and increase the accuracy of your casts with a given lure or technique. Now add in the proper length to the equation and your combination will provide you with more control over a hooked fish. Each of these three elements can also reduce angler fatigue and allow you to stay out fishing for longer.

rod-power Selecting the Right Fishing Rod Length - Why Power and Action Matters (Part 1)


Power relates to the amount of pressure an angler must apply to make a rod bend. Most heavier action rods require much more pressure to bend, while a light action rod will bend considerably easier. Rod manufacturers often categorize their rods as light, medium, or heavy and even in some cases, offer in-between levels such as medium/light or medium/heavy, these are for multipurpose rods typically. Spme higher-end rod manufacturers categorize their rods by using a numbering system to indicate the power rating, typically one through five (one meaning for light action and five meaning for heavy action).