I am asking for your help, which is the best bass spinning rod currently on the market.

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I am asked this question a lot and only having owned 3 in my time I would like your opinion as too which spinning rod you consider most suited to Bass fishing and why.

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The Anatomy of a Spinning Rod

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A rod is made up of sections and components:

  • Butt – the bottom of the rod
  • Sections – the main parts of the rod eg an 8 foot rod will break into 2 x 4 ft sections
  • Handle – the area you grip the rod, cork or foam on most rods
  • Reel Seat – the clamp that hold the reel to the rod
  • Spigot – the area the sections join
  • Rings – guides the line along the rod

Fishing Rods are accurately described by there action: fast, medium and slow, the explains how quickly the rod will flex from curved back to straight, the memory of the rod.

The action is a function of the taper of the rod. A slow taper  spinning rod will be a similar thickness throughout it’s length, hence the rod gradually curves lower and lower along it’s length towards the butt. This makes a rod for a beginner a little more forgiving and absorbs a lot of the energy and it allows you more margin of error. A fast taper will have a very fine tip compared to the butt section (the bottom end past the reel seat). This means the rod will be very responsive for indicating bites or working lures, but it will be less forgiving in the untrained hand.

The blank describes the rod before and of the components are added. On paper you could get a very high quality blank and put low quality rings, reel seat on it to keep costs down. Generally in the real world the better the blank, the better quality the component parts. The value of the blank comes from the quality of the materials and the method in which it is made, seams in the carbon and coatings all add weight and effect how the rod behaves. The better the blank, generally the lighter it weighs. This reduces anglers fatigue. The Daiwa Morethan Branzino weighs in at just 127g, but will cost you as much as a cheap run around with tax and MOT!

Spinning Rod Casting Weights

Bass Fishing: On Shore and Sea – A great read!

The weight a rod can cast reflects the strength and quality of construction. When you cast you accelerate the rod tip, the weight of the lure tries to  prevent the rod tip from moving so energy becomes stored within the material of the rod “Potential Energry”. The rod compresses and then starts to move the lure until you release all this energy, the lure uses the speed you have imparted it, while the rod de-compresses adding more energy to the whole equation – this casts the lure.

If you try and cast a lure to heavy for the rod the material simply cannot cope and it will stress, then fail. Hopefully it will just crack, but it might catastrophically break. You must stay within the casting weight suggested by the manufacturer if you are going to work the rod hard.

Common casting weights are:

  1. 2 – 20g Very light – ideal for small soft plastics and light hard lures
  2. 5 – 30g Light – Mid range
  3. 10 – 50g Light to Heavy – Light hard plastics upwards

Abu Garcia Devil Spin Rods 5 – 9ft – Click to find out more!

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