How to buy the right catfishing rods and when to use them

The fishing rods that you use when catfish fishing will greatly affect the outcome of your fishing trip. The catfish is a strong species that can wreak havoc on your equipment. Choosing the right fishing rod for the job will greatly
increase the odds of reeling in more catfish and the following information can help you make a good choice.

There are many things that determine how a catfishing rod performs. When you know what to look for, it makes it easier to find the right one for the job.

First of all, you need to take the material used in the making of the rod into consideration. Some of the best materials used to make catfishing rods are graphite and fiberglass. They hold up better than some of the other materials so they can handle the struggle of the mighty catfish much better. You won’t have to worry about them snapping into under the weight of the catfish.

Action, Power and Sensitivity

The three main things that anglers need to look for in a catfishing rod is the action, power and sensitivity of the rod. The action of the rod refers to how much flexibility it has. In other words, how much will it give under the weight of the catfish and where does the bend start. A slow action rod starts bending at the base and the whole length of the rod will bend. A medium action starts bending in the middle and the fast action rod will only bend at the tip.

The power of the rod refers to the amount of pressure needed to make the rod bend and this will be determined by the thickness of the fishing rod. The sensitivity of the rod is what transmits the vibrations from the fishing line to your hands. This is what helps you determine when you have a bite. The action of the rod will be a factor in how sensitive a fishing rod is along with the material it’s made from, the size and the design of the rod.

Other Components to Consider

Some of the other components that make up the catfish fishing rod include the guides, handles and reel seats. The guides come in a variety of different sizes and they play a huge part in the way the fishing rod responds. The best guides are made from a stainless steel frame designed with ceramic inserts. These won’t wear out as fast as the metal or plastic ones. The guides should be spaced in such a way as to equally distribute the pressure when you have a catfish hooked.

The handles are where you’ll be gripping the fishing rod and they’re usually made form cork or foam. The cork will cost more than the foam but they usually hold up better and feel more comfortable when fishing. The reel seats are the part of the rod that houses the reel and keeps it secure. As long as it secures the reel, that’s all that really matters although, the ones with a finger grip can come in handy when fighting with a big catfish.

It’s important to know that different manufactures classify their rods a little differently. Therefore, leaning what to look for in a catfishing rod will make it easier for you to choose the best one for your needs.

When to Use Which Rods

Now that you know a little something about what qualities to look for to help you buy the right catfishing rods, you need to know a little about when to use them. Different designs will work better depending on the type and size of the catfish you’re seeking out but there is no way to say exactly which type of rod would work the best.
Everyone is different and will need to choose the catfishing rods that suit their needs the best. As a general rule, you’ll want to use the heavy duty catfishing rod when seeking out a trophy fish or one of the larger species in general. When fishing for one of the smaller size catfish you just need to make sure you invest in a good quality fishing rod that will hold up well.

It’s important that you feel comfortable using the fishing rod and you should be able to have complete control over it. If it’s too heavy or feels awkward when you use it, you won’t have good results. Therefore, choose a rod length and weight based on your individual stature not what suits someone else.

You’ll also need to look for a rod that’s sensitive enough to help you feel when you have a bite but finding the one that works the best may take some experimenting. You won’t know how it feels until you can get out on the water with it.

Once you find the size and type of catfishing rod that works well for you personally, you should see a great improvement in your fishing skills. Choosing the right catfishing rod will make catching this species even more fun and exciting. Therefore, you need to take your time and choose wisely.

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