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Bass Rod Selection


Let's start off with rods first, you can't just go grab a rod anymore and go fishing for any kind of fish.  

Today the bass rod selection varies as much as the weather man does when forecasting the weather when I'm trying to go fishing. There are different rods for the different kinds of fishing. Worm, Flipping, Pitching, Top Water, Carolina, Spinnerbait, Spincast and the list goes on. 

I prefer Titanium made by American Rodsmith. I have found that they are very sensitive. They make about seven bait cast rods and three medium-fast spinning rods. 

Medium, Fast or Heavy Rod Action:

Every rod has different action. Do you want a fast, medium, or heavy action? 

If I am worm, carolina, flipping, or pitching while fishing in cover and need to horse the hawg out of trash, I want a seven foot rod with a medium or heavy action. 

If I have a spinner bait on a rod, I like a 6 foot or 6'-6" rod because the shorter length gives me better control. 

For Top water baits, I like the seven foot rod Medium action. Not only can I cast it further, it has a fast tip that will allow me to set the hook better. 

The Spinning rods I use for lighter baits that will not cast on a baitcaster. 

Split Handle Rods:

In 2006, a lot of the rod companies started coming out with the split handles, and I know a lot of you think the same way I do "NO Way" I am not going for that...but hey folks don't knock it til you try it.

You want to talk about Sensitive; you can even feel a fish swim by, and the RODS are a lot lighter so I can fish longer. 

I can list a hundred pages on who makes what rod and what Pros say about each rod, but the ones I use are easy to remember: American Rodsmiths, Falcon, St. Croix and Allstar 

You should pick the rod that suits you and that fits your pocket book...they are not cane poles in price. 

I just wanted to give out the basics.

I will be coming out with reel selection and line in another article for the bass fishing equipment section. 

Keep the Hooks Wet


Steve McGoldrick 




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