TYPES OF RODS FOR DIFFERENT BAITS

 

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 and Spinnerbaits
A seven-foot baitcast rod is an ideal choice here, as it will provide better casting distance, leverage and the ability to pick up line quickly.

 

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

 

Topwaters
Go with a six-and-a-half foot rod in either spinning or baitcast style, depending on the size of lures you're tossing.

 

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

 

Frogs and Toads
You will need power and backbone when fishing the slop with these topwater baits. 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

 

Crankbaits
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