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Which Bass Rod Should You Use for Different Techniques and Baits?

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June 25, 2014
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Matching each fishing rod to the technique for which it's best suited will make throwing baits and fighting fish much more efficient. Below are some rod suggestions for some of the most widely used bass fishing tactics.

Flipping and Pitching

Most manufacturers have a flipping stick in their lineup. It is easily recognizable as it telescopes out to its full length. The added length will allow you to pitch and flip more easily, as well as winch fish in from heavy cover.

  • Length — 7'6"
  • Action — Fast
  • Power — Heavy
  • Style — Casting

Buzzbaits & Spinnerbaits

A 7-foot baitcast rod is an ideal choice for tossing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, as it will provide better casting distance, leverage and the ability to pick up line quickly.

  • Length — 7-foot
  • Action — Fast
  • Power — Medium/Heavy
  • Style — Casting

Topwater Fishing Baits

Go with a 6 1/2 foot rod in either spinning or baitcast style, depending on the size of topwater baits you're tossing.

  •  Length — 6'6"
  •  Action — Moderate
  •  Power — Medium
  •  Style — Casting or Spinning

Frogs & Toad Fishing Baits

You will need power and backbone when fishing the slop with frogs and toads. Some anglers are leaning toward the longer rods for better casts and horsing fish.

  •  Length — 7' to 7'6"
  •  Action — Fast
  •  Power — Heavy
  •  Style — Casting


Turn to a composite rod for cranks, as it will provide better hooksets.

  • Length — 7'
  • Action — Fast
  • Power — Medium to Medium Heavy
  • Style — Casting

Drop Shot/Shaky Head

Although a baitcast rod can be used for dropshotting purposes, a spinning rod gives a bit more versatility to this light-line technique.

  • Length — 6'10"
  • Action — Extra Fast
  • Power — Medium Light to Medium
  • Style — Spinning

Dock Skipping

A relatively new technique that is taking the bassin' world by storm. Spinning equipment gives the angler better casting control for pin-point accuracy.

  • Length — 6'0"
  • Action — Fast
  • Power — Medium Heavy
  • Style — Spinning

Bass fishing is a fulfilling sport, and one that can be greatly improved when using the best equipment for the job at hand. Although they might just seem like "rods," they all play a large part in whether you catch that next lunker largemouth. Happy shopping and best of luck this season.



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Justin Hoffman

Justin Hoffman is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer, with a fishing specialty, based in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. A graduate of the North American School of Outdoor Writing and currently a field editor with Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine, outdoor pursuits with a journalistic approach keep him returning to the field week after week. A well-established freelance writer since 1999, Justin has publishing credits in many North American magazines and web sites. His photographic stock work also appears regularly. In addition to his writing and photography work, Justin is also a Pro Staffer for TUFF-Line and National Pro Staff. For more information visit

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