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Best Bass Rods for Different Fishing 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 seven rod suggestions for some of the most widely used bass fishing techniques.

1 arrow pointTIP: Quick Links to best rod suggestions for fishing techniques: Flipping and Pitching, Buzzbaits & Spinnerbaits, Topwater Fishing Baits, Frogs & Toad Fishing Baits, Crankbaits, Drop Shot/Shaky Head and Skipping Docks.

 

JMorris casting rod
Johnny Morris CarbonLite™ Casting Rods are built with Carbon Coil Technology™

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. The Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Casting Rod is a popular choice.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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


 

JMorris titan casting rod
Johnny Morris Titanium 8 Casting Rod is built for comfort & slip resistance.

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. A fishing rod thats absolutely awesome with outstanding sensitivity is the Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris Titanium 8 Casting Rod.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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


 

JMorris spinning rod
Johnny Morris CarbonLite Series Spinning Rods 

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. Two well built rod styles with top customer reviews are: Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Series Spinning Rod or the light and also very sensitive Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite Casting Rod.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:


 

lews rod
Lew's® Custom Speed Stick® Casting Rod comes in technique specific or general-purpose actions

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. A 7'6" heavy fast action fishing rod that's proven to be lightweight and sensitive but with the back bone to haul big bass is the Lew's Custom Speed Stick Casting Rod. Another well engineered casting rod choice from Bass Pro Shops is the XPS Bionic Blade Micro Guide Casting Rod also built with fast action and heavy power on a 7' rod length.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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


 

bps Crankin Stick
Bass Pro Shops Crankin' Stick Casting Rod

Crankbaits

Turn to a composite rod for cranks, as it will provide better hooksets. A highly popular rod for smooth casting of crankbaits is the Bass Pro Shops Crankin' Stick Casting Rod. Read what these three customers are saying:


"I bought the 7'6" MH telescopic version. Works great. I use it for larger cranks and deeper diving cranks". by "I have never used better rods for crankbait fishing, regardless of the price, in my 50 plus years of bass fishing". by

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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


 

JMorris sig spinning rod
Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Spinning Rod

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. Drop Shot is great for vertical fishing. Mostly thought of as a "finesse" technique. A lightweight quality fishing rod that definitely gives the other rod manufacturers a run for their money is the Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Spinning Rod.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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


 

bps bionic spinning
Bass Pro Shops XPS Bionic Blade Spinning Rod 

Skipping Docks

A relatively new fishing technique that is taking the bassin' world by storm is skipping docks. Spinning equipment gives the angler better casting control for pin-point accuracy. An excellent rod for skipping docks is the Bass Pro Shops XPS Bionic Blade Spinning Rod. The rod has plenty of power to get the fish safely away from a dock.

Fishing Rod Specifications to look for:

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

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
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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 www.JustinHoffmanOutdoors.com.

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