Best Bass Fishing Rod
Are you a fan of bass fishing? Or perhaps you want to join the growing army of enthusiasts currently enjoying the sport?
Well, we're here to help you choose the right bass rod...
Top Bass Rods At A Glance:
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Most rods are usually between 6 & 8 ft in length.
As a rule of thumb, the longer a rod is, the bigger the distance you can cast. Shorter rods tend to give you more accuracy and control, but you lose out on the distance.
So, if you’re fishing off a dock or from a kayak, you might be better off with a shorter rod (maybe 6.5 ft to 7.5 ft). If you plan on fishing off a wide open area, you might want to opt for a longer rod in order to cast out further. You want to be looking at 7.5 to 12 ft rods, especially if you are a tall angler!
You can get rods much longer than this.
Types of Rod for Bass Fishing
The reel and guides (or ‘eyes’) are located at the top of the rod. As such, you have more pulling power because the weight is pulling moreso against the rod rather than the guides. So when lifting bigger fish, the baitcasters tend to have the advantage.
Baitcasting rods are generally longer than spinning rods.
The guides are larger at the reel end of the fishing pole, gradually becoming smaller the further away you go from the reel.
They are arguably better to control with heavier lures.
Baitcasting reels generally have 2 handles at either side and it’s more difficult to get knots in the line when reeling.
The reel (spinning) and guides are on the underside of the rod. The guides are larger than any of the guides on a baitcasting rod. The reason for this is because the line comes off the reel from different directions, as opposed to straight off, with a baitcasting reel. Because of this, baitcasting rods tend to be longer than their spinning rod cousins.
Spinning rods are good for lighter lures.
Beginners tend to find spinning rods (and reels) easier to use and hence easier to learn with.
Common Rod Handle Types
Although there are others, the 3 main rod materials are:
Tend to have plenty of grip and are generally lighter than wooden handles. They are more sensitive, making it easier to feel any ‘bite’.
EVA Foam Handles
Are usually very comfortable to grip. If added to a blank rod well, they can last a long time.
Are arguably more pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately they tend to have less grip (especially if they get wet) and can feel cold in cooler times of the year. They are also more prone to damage, but if they are well produced and seasoned can outlast cork rod handles.
What Are The Rods Made From?
Graphite rods (also known as carbon fiber rods) are generally more sensitive than fiberglass rods. So when a fish bites, you’re more likely to feel it and can react. Because of the high sensitivity, a particular drawback is that it’s easier to perform a hookset too soon. This gives the fish the chance to get away before it properly bites the bait.
They are also particularly light and not quite as strong as their fiberglass counterparts.
Although they can be used by anyone, graphite rods are often favored more by beginners or less experienced anglers.
If you’re looking for a larger catch, you’re probably better off using a fiberglass rod. They are generally a little heavier than the graphite rods, but the weight gap is lessening all the time.
They aren’t as sensitive as the carbon fiber, but if you’ve been bass fishing for a while, you’ll have the experience to know what’s a bite and what’s a false alarm.
One for the more experienced angler, especially if they prefer bigger and heavier game.
One Piece or Two Piece (or more) Rod?
2 or 3 piece rods are good for portability. They can be dismantled and fit into a smaller space, making it much easier to put into your car or just to carry around.
If portability isn’t an issue for you, or you can easily fit a single piece rod into your set of wheels, then it’s best to stick to a 1 piece rod.
They are generally more sensitive and give more control.
What About Rod Power And Action?
These are two characteristics of a rod that need to be considered.
Can be categorized as heavy, medium, or light (or a combination of two medium/heavy for example).
Basically, heavy power rods are less flexible to bend than medium or light power. So the bigger the fish you intend to catch, ideally the heavier the power needs to be.
We won’t be covering light power rods here as they are more for small bait fish.
Rod action relates to how far down (from the tip) the rod starts bending under pressure. In other word, the shape of the rod when a weight is hanging from it.
This video below explains in detail:
Action is categorized as extra fast, fast, moderate or slow (although some manufacturers refer to action like they do to power – medium, heavy etc, which can be confusing).
Fast action rods (where the rod bends more aggressively close to the tip) are suited for heavy baits, and the slower action rods (where the rod bends more slightly across more of the rod) for light baits.
9 Best Rods For Bass Fishing Reviewed
1: Entsport 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod Graphite Portable Baitcasting Fishing Rod
This 7 ft baitcasting pole is lightweight is made from carbon and comes in 2 pieces. The handle is made from EVA for added comfort.
The 7 guides (6 on piece, 1 on main rod) are resistant against corrosion and are separated to eliminate line-flow friction as much as possible.
Comes with a protective bag.
2: Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod (8-20-Pound Test)
This lightweight spinning rod has been designed to handle up to 20lbs line. It’s 6 ft 6 inches long and is made from both graphite and fiberglass. This helps to improve strength whilst not impeding sensitivity too much.
The handle is made from EVA.
3: Okuma's Citrix Lightweight Travel Rod
This baitcasting rod (6’ 6” or 7’ 2”) is made from graphite, and includes EVA grips for comfort and to keep the weight down.
The guides are made from stainless steel and have zirconium inserts to be used with braid or mono lines.
It comes in 4 pieces that store away in a sturdy case. As such, it is great for taking away on a day fishing trip or longer vacation.
4: Shimano Stimula 2-Piece Spin Rod
This 2 piece composite spinning rod comes in a variety of different lengths (5’ 6” through 7 ft).
It has a cork handle with an EVA plug at the butt to rest against your body should you be wrestling bigger fish.
Created with multiple actions, this rod is suitable for catching bass, trout or even smaller catfish.
The Stimula is a good all-rounder, and as with most Shimano products will hopefully last a long time.
5: St. Croix Mojo Bass Spinning Rod
This graphite rod comes in 2 sizes – 6’ 8” & 7’ 1”.
It comes in a single piece and is designed for medium to fast action and line weight up to 14 pounds.
The handle is made from cork and the guides from aluminum oxide (with black fame).
6: Tica SMHA Series Trout, Bass, and Walleye Spinning Fishing Rod
This spinner is suitable for a variety of different fishing. Made from graphite, there is the option for a 1 or 2 piece pole.
There are many different sizes to choose from. Ranging from 6 ft through to 10 ft.
Designed more for the freshwater catchers out there, this can also perform in saltwater too.
7: Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rod
This baitcasting rod ranges in length between 6’ 6” (medium) right through to 7’ 6” (heavy).
It’s a single rod with 24 ton graphite construction. It is relatively stiff and suitable for different fishing, including bass.
The guides are stainless steel with titanium oxide inserts and the handle is made from EVA.
8: Noeby Baitcasting/Spinning Fishing Rod
Ok, for this one, we have BOTH a spinning and a baitcasting rod. Well, of course, they are two separate rods rather than one rod that does both jobs!
These graphite made rods are especially suitable for freshwater bass, and have been designed to be both strong and sensitive at the same time. They come in two sizes (6’ 5” & 7’). It’s a 2 piece rod with a flexible tip.
The deep press SiC guides are good for braided or mono lines. Includes a cork handle.
9: Falcon Rods Coastal Spinning Rod
Ok, we’re leaving a slightly more expensive rod until the end!
A F120X graphite rod (made in the US), that comes in four different lengths (6’ 6” to 8’) and varying action between medium and heavy.
This natural cork handle pole is at the higher end of the quality spectrum. Fuji guides are included.
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