Amazing Tips on How to Choose the Best Fishing Poles

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Have you ever wanted to buy a fishing pole but don’t know which one will suit your needs? Do you always think of improving your fishing skills every time you go fishing? Successful fishing depends on a lot of factors such as weather conditions, location, skills, and your fishing gear.

Having the right fishing pole can help you get your baits into the water with precision and with the speed you want, thus improving your chance at scoring your biggest catch or your first fish. Buying your first fishing rod can be overwhelming if you are a  beginner if someone doesn’t guide you.


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How do I choose a fishing pole? You may ask now. You know this old expression, “you don’t want to bring a knife to a gunfight” It is the same principle when choosing a fishing rod. To choose the right fishing rod, you need to answer these essential questions:

  • What kind of fish will you go after?
  • Where will you be fishing?
  • How much do you want to spend?

As we will explain in more detail below, the answer to these questions will determine what would be your best fishing pole for your lifestyle.

Here is what we will cover in this article:

  • A brief history of the fishing pole
  • How do you choose a fishing pole?
  • How do you use a fishing pole for beginners?
  • Frequently asked questions

A brief history of the fishing pole

The first fishing pole to be invented was made from a silk line and bamboo, whereby a needle was used as a hook. In the 1990s, anglers used cooked rice as the bait.

As much as people consider fishing as a recreational activity, many people have used fishing poles as the only means to put food on their tables.

How do you choose a fishing pole?

Because fishing rods come in different styles, models, and materials, buying your first rod and reel can be overwhelming for a beginner, but this guide will provide you with the essentials so you can make the right purchase.

The type of fish and location

The first question you should is what type of fish you have in your area as it will be the one you go after first while learning. Will you be fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, or other types of panfish? Will you be fishing from a kayak, riverbank, lake, or pond?

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The answer to these questions will help you determine the length and action of your rod. We’ll explain what they all mean shortly.

Length of the pole

How do you pick the right size fishing rod? Fishing rod length or size ranges from 6-14 feet, and it is measured from the tip to the butt. Let’s say you are fishing from a kayak for smaller fish or fighter fish like a bass; then you need to choose a shorter rod because it will be easier for you to handle, and you will not need to put too much effort to reel it in.

 For a beginner, a shorter rod not only is easier to handle but allows greater accuracy when casting. The perfect fishing rod length is 7 feet for a beginner. If you were going to fish from a pier, a riverbank, or need to cover more water, your fishing rod should be longer as you will need to cast farther away. Longer rods also allow you to use heavier fishing line

Power and action

The power is the amount of force to bend the fishing pole. You might sometimes hear seasoned anglers referred to it as the backbone of the rod. The power rating goes from extra-heavy (XH), heavy (H), medium-heavy(MH), medium(M), light (L), and ultra-light(UL). For saltwater fishing, you need extra-heavy, and for smaller fish, you need ultra-light.

The action is the point where the fishing rod blank will bend under pressure and how fast it will come back to its original position. It is measure in terms of slow, medium, and fast action.

Slow action means the pole will bend all the way to the handle. They are ideal for panfish or trout.

Medium action will bend in the top half of the pole, and they are ideal for casting larger lure like crankbait

Lastly, fast action will bend in near the tip or the top third of the blank. They provide sensitivity, so you will know when the fish bites.

Rod Material

The material used to make the rod can be of three types graphite, fiberglass, or composite, which a  mixture of the two previous ones. The type of material affects the performance, durability, and price.

The most commonly used is graphite, and when well made, it will result in a stronger, lighter, and very sensitive rod. The good quality ones are usually more expensive than the cheap ones, which can become easily brittle.

Fiberglass is the second kind. They are heavier rods, more durable, and extremely flexible compare to graphite. They are recommended for beginners due to their durability and require less maintenance. They are less expensive and the preferred choice for seasoned anglers who like to fish larger species like pike. Lastly, the composite kind, which is a combination of graphite and fiberglass, because of their versatility this is the rod to buy if you fish different waters such as saltwater fishing, lake fishing, river fishing, etc. They are more expensive than fiberglass but less than graphite.

Type of fishing rods

There are several types of fishing rods on the market, such as spinning rods and casting rods, but we will only talk about the two you might use as a beginner.

Spinning rods are designed to house spinning reels that are mounted underneath the rod, and they are smaller and lighter. This is the ideal rod for beginner because they are easy to cast, and you won’t have to worry about your line being tangled.

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Casting rods are used with baitcasting reels, which are mounted on top of the rod. The angler controls the line with his thumb, allowing greater line control and casting accuracy. Casting rods are more expensive than spinning rods and does require more practice to master.

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How do you use a fishing pole for beginners?

Here is the procedure on how do you cast a spinning reel rod for beginners:

  • First, pull the line out to around 6-8 inches of it hanging out of the top.
  • Now hold the pole between the rod and the reel using your dominant hand.
  • Flip the circular wire arm called a bail in so the line is in the upright position
  • Hold the pole against the line using your index hand.
  • Bring the tip slightly behind you (like you were throwing something behind you)
  • Locate your target
  • Use your free hand to hold the butt for more power and control
  • Cast forward using your wrist and elbow
  • When your rod is vertical, release the line, so your lure flying
  • With your free hand, close the bail so it can be ready for retrieval
  • Once your lure is in the water, flip the bail back over and begging to reel

Frequently asked questions:

What is the difference between a fishing rod and a fishing pole?

Even though now the two terms are used when talking about a fishing rod, they are different. The main different between the two is the fact fishing pole is simply a pole with a line attached at the end of it, while a rod has a reel seat and guides.

The second difference between the two is a fishing pole is usually made of natural materials such as bamboo or a reed. In contrast, a fishing rod is made of composite materials like graphite, fiberglass, or both.

What’s the best fishing pole for beginners?

A 7′ feet long spinning rod is ideal for a beginner because you have the perfect size, and easier to cast.

What weight of fishing line should I use?

The correct fishing line weight should closely match the species you will be fishing and the recommendation printed on the rod.

What is the best way to store fishing poles?

Proper storage of your fishing poles will help to protect them against damage. Based on your storage space, you can use vertical or horizontal storage. It is advisable to take your fishing rod apart and clean the part before storing them. If you stored them in your garage, a wall-mounted rack would keep them off the ground.

Final thought

Buying your first fishing pole can be less terrifying if you know:

 The type of fish you will be fishing for as well as the environment you will be in. These factors will dictate the right length or size to buy.

The rod’s power and action will affect how easily you can maneuver the rod or reel in a fighting fish.

The rod material can affect your fishing experience and the cost of the fishing pole.

We saw the two common fishing rod types and which one is best for beginners.

Following these pro tips found in this article will help you purchase the best fishing pole for your needs.

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