How to Choose Bass Fishing Rods Based on Technique

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Have you ever wondered how to choose the best fishing rod for the technique and cover you’re fishing? As an experienced rod connoisseur and designer, pro bass angler Kyle Welcher explains how to select the correct rod for the situation. He covers the basics of rod power and action and how hook size (gauge or thickness) dictates what rod power and action you should choose.


Power refers to the amount of force it takes to load the rod, while action (taper) refers to the bend characteristics of the blank. Getting both right is essential to properly work specific lures, hooking fish, and keeping them hooked. Moderate tapers excel when using trebled baits like crankbaits or moving lures such as spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. A more moderate action helps keep your line tight and treble hooks buttoned when the fish shakes its head. With moving baits, a slower action gives the fish more time to take the bait deeper into their mouth, thus increasing hookups.

Conversely, Welcher explains why he prefers a fast or extra-fast action rod for single hook flipping and pitching applications. Heavier power is needed to penetrate bigger hooks in cover, while the faster action moves your line and fish quicker while also helping to clear vegetation. However, there’s less room for error with heavier power rods with fast actions.

Lastly, Welcher discusses rod length and why it is a more personal preference. What about if you can only swing a rod or two. And many anglers can only afford or need a rod or two? Welcher shares what he feels is the best all-around bass rod to execute multiple techniques successfully.