8 Tips for Choosing a Kayak Fishing Rod
There’s more to fishing than meets the eye. For a productive day on the water, an angler needs the right balance of knowledge, honed skill, unwavering patience, and maybe a little luck. But as the slogan goes, “Good things come to those who bait.” You need the best gear to reel ‘em in—and a few types of equipment are as vital as the fishing rod.
A fishing rod (aka. fishing pole) may make or break your fishing experience. It’s one of the most priced items in a kayak fisherman’s arsenal—with some anglers even forming an attachment to their trusted rods. But finding the right fishing rod is like swimming against the tide – i.e., hard.
There are tons of different fishing rods in the market—all with an overwhelming number of considerations. Which material is best? Does length matter in kayak fishing? What about power and action? Read on for answers to these questions and more.
Price is typically the main driver of most buying decisions—and fishing rods are not an exception. If you’ve ventured into the world of fishing rods, then you’re probably aware that their prices range drastically from as low as ₤20 to hundreds of Euros.
The best choice comes down to the depth of your wallet and the value of the buy. This means that you must understand the implications of all features and specifications before knowing whether a fishing rod is worthy of your hard-earned money. And remember; you get what you buy.
Typically, fishing rods are made from either fibreglass or graphite. Each material has its perks and is best suited for certain scenarios. So, which material is right for you? This depends on your preferred fishing method and level of skill/experience.
For example, fibreglass is sturdier and heavier—making it perfect for beginners or anglers who deal with aggressive/larger species like pike. Graphite comes in handy for advanced anglers who appreciate its superior fighting power and sensitivity.
The length of your rod is arguably the most important consideration when choosing a fishing rod. Rods often range between 6 feet and 12 feet—with every inch making a difference. Most anglers go for a 7-foot-long rod for its versatility.
The measurement of your rod will be determined by the fishing environment and the species you’re targeting. Shorter rods offer better accuracy and shine when precision is key or when the prey is strong. Longer rods flex more and cast further—making them well-suited for species that spook easily.
- Power Vs Action
How does your rod behave when in action? The “bendiness” of your fishing rod is its power—and it can be light or heavy. Action more-or-less refers to where the bend occurs. If it bends closer to the handle, the rod has slow action—while fast action rods bend right below the tip.
Fast action rods are best for pulling larger fish such as Tuna and Muskie out of heavy cover. Slow action is best for slower baits and lighter lures. Long story short, research your fishing ground and the characteristics of your target species—then get an appropriate rod.
- Lure Weight and Fishing Lines
Your fishing pole is only one part of a whole. For best results in the water, you need to balance every aspect of your gear. Case in point; ensure both the fishing line and lure complement the specification of your rod. Most manufacturers offer guidelines to the limits and best fittings to improve your rod’s performance.
Fishing rod handles come in different materials, lengths, and shapes. The best option is determined by your personal preferences. For example, the most common materials are EVA foam and Cork. Most anglers find Cork to be more comfortable, sensitive, better looking—while EVA foam is more durable, easier to clean, and cheaper.
Guides are exactly what they sound like – i.e., they’re a series of rings that guide the fishing line along the blank (aka. the rod’s shaft). They are made from ceramic, metal, or plastic.
Although guides are often overlooked, they play an important role. Poor quality guides are detrimental to your fishing experience by inducing abrasions, heating up the line, and leading to breakages.
- Reel Seat
There are many size and styles of reel seats, but they all share the same purpose—securing the reel to the rod. The general rule of thumb is to get something sturdy that doesn’t wobble and one that is applicable to your angling setup.
Get Out There; It’s Fishing Time!
Make the most of your next cast by investing in a high-quality fishing rod. Follow the tips discussed above in nailing down the right material, power, length, and action for your fishing needs. A prize-worthy catch may be one cast away.