So, you have just saved up a bunch of money and you
would like to buy a brand new bass fishing rod/reel. You walk into the
local baitshop to buy your new rod/reel, and you are overwhelmed by the
vast amount of different rods/reels. Where do you begin? Well coming
here is a good place to start.
How To Choose A Rod:
First of all, what material do you want your rod made out of? The 3 main
different materials that fishing rods
are made out of are fibreglass, graphite, and boron. Fibreglass is the
least expensive of the three and is very durable, but lacks in
sensitivity. For bass, sensitivity is not always that necessary, but it
is necessary when you are using plastics. For a little more money you
can have a rod made from graphite that has a quite bit more sensitivity.
For an even stronger and sensitive rod buy a rod made from boron, but is
more expensive. For most cases I would suggest a graphite rod.
To determine what "action" or "power" you need determines what type
of fishing you will be doing. A heavy action rod is the stiffest type of
rod. This type of rod is used when you are fishing in thick weeds or
when you need to be able to force a fish away from wrapping your line
around any obstacles. This type of rod is best with
because you need heavy line due to the high stress the rod puts on the
line. The reason for the high stress on the line is because heavy action
rods do not absorb much of the weight of the fish. A light action rod is
best with light line and with a spinning reel. This type of rod absorbs
most of the pressure put on the line. This particular rod is great if
you are fishing clear water when light
line is a must.
Reels are a lot easier to pick than rods. Generally, the more money you
spend on a reel, the better you will get. For spinning reels you want to
match the size of the reel to the size of the rod. I would not recommend
you buy a reel with less than 3 ball bearings. The reel seems to wear
out when you have reels with oil-less bearings.