By Pete Rogers
Few anglers are as particular about their equipment as are bass anglers and perhaps fly fishermen.
With the array of lure options out there to catch the same fish, bass anglers have amassed an assortment of rods to match their particular method of fishing.
Dondi Rogers, owner of Native Rods, is going to try and help us understand the different nuances of choosing the correct rod for your fishing technique.
“Native Rods bases its models on what we call the ‘Sensitivity System’. Our system consists of five models that will perform using any method bass fishermen use today from finesse to frogging, to crankbaits and topwater, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Basically, any method you use our rods will cover.” Rogers says.
“Having the right rod for the occasion can mean the difference in landing fish and losing fish.” Rogers says.
But what is the right rod for the occasion? How does a beginning angler begin to understand all of these nuisances?
“The right rod depends on the lure and technique of choice.” Rogers says.
Rogers uses this analogy to help us understand. “When people play golf, they have 14 clubs in the bag, the reason they have 14 clubs is because each club is designed for a specific situation. For example, you wouldn’t use a driver in the sand, or a putter on the tee. Fishing rods are similar. A rod should be selected based on the lure and the method you are going to fish.”
When choosing a rod to go after black bass the rod choice should be based on the lure you are going to use. This is because the lure choice also dictates the method of approach.
After looking at all of the variables, most anglers then determine where they think the fish will be. These decisions will dictate the lure you will use and therefore will dictate which rod you choose for the occasions.
Rogers explains it like this, “Let’s say you have suspended fish, which are the hardest kind of fish to catch. Finesse fishing is the go-to method.”
Once you have determined where and how you will fish, you then choose the correct rod. For suspended fish, spinning rods are typically the choice with a medium light action fast tip. These are used primarily for techniques such as drop shot fishing or other finesse fishing. Native Rods use award-winning microwave guides on all of their spinning rods.
When fishing a single hook bait, such as plastic worms, jigs, or swimbaits, Rogers recommends their medium-heavy fast tip rod. The single hook is larger and typically go deeper into the mouth of the bass and these require a much more aggressive hook set. To accomplish that, you need a medium-heavy rod but with a fast-sensitive tip to detect the strike.
When switching to a bait that has treble hooks, you also need a different rod.
Treble hooks by sheer design have a shorter shank and this prevents the hooks from providing a deep hook set.
To keep the fish on your line, you want a rod that has more flexibility. Your rod will need to flex more when the fish runs or jumps. This makes them less likely to throw the bait.
For crankbaits and topwater lures, Rogers recommends that your rod should be medium action 7’2” with a moderate fast tip.
While fishing at Lake Picachos in Mexico last year, Rogers was able to put his rods to the test.
“I can’t count the number of fish I caught, but all of the rods performed flawlessly.”
“Our 7’ medium action rod with a moderate fast tip was the ticket for these fish.”
In four days of fishing, virtually every method available, Rogers was able to prove the value of having a different rod for the different methods.
Selecting the right rod for some anglers is really confusing and can be frustrating process. Thankfully Native Rods took the time to put on every rod they make, exactly what they are designed to be used for.
A fishing rod is a fishing rod is no longer a valid point to make. Sure, you can putt with a sand wedge, but why would you? And the same is true for a fishing rod.
With all of the money anglers spend on catching fish, one of the most important parts is the rod itself. Choosing the right rod for the occasion can spell the difference in success or failure. Choose wisely.