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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 baitcasting 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.

Baitcasting vs Spinning:
Spinning rod and reel combo's are proved to cast further than baitcasting rod and reel combo's, but lack in accuracy. The spinning reel is best used with 10lb test line and lighter, while baitcasting reels are best for 12lb test and up. Making spinning rod and reels better for weary or spooky fish, and baitcasting for murky water or when fish are active. Two big drawbacks from a baitcasting reel is the price and the constant backlashes they cause.

Completely New to Fishing?
I am going to split this up into two separate sub-titles, Children and Adult.
If you want to get your child into fishing I would suggest you get them an inexpensive rod/reel combo. You van get a decent rod/reel combo for around $10. They usually come in either spinning or spincast versions. For young children I would suggest the spincast version (closed faced reels). The reason I would suggest this is because they do not allow as many line tangles. With spinning reels children get excited and line gets wrapped around everything causing great messes.
For an adult that wants to start in fishing I would require you to get something with a little smoother reel and that could last through a bit more wear than the children models. There are many types of rod/reel combo's that are of a decent quality but still under/around $30. Here are some great examples:
-Zebco Just add water combo
-Zebco 102-piece fishing kit
-Coleman fishing kits
After you decide what type of fishing you like the most you can figure out what type rod/reel you want with an even better quality.



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