Best Bass Spinning Rod
Using a spinning rod for bass may not be every anglers first choice. For many a casting setup will be their main go to.
But if you are trying some lighter techniques or finesse style rigs then a spinning rod can be the superior choice.
The best bass spinning rods give you the ability to throw much lighter lures than when using a casting outfit.
Baitcasters also have a higher learning curve so if you are just starting out it might be easier to choose a spinning rod and reel.
You need to get the rod length, action and power correct otherwise you will end up with a rod that will not match the type of technique you are trying to fish with.
- Length – between 6-6″ and 7′
- Action – fast
- Power – medium/light to medium
If you are using a spinning rod that is over 7 feet in length then chances are you are looking to throw larger lures a long distance and in that instance it would be better to use a casting setup.
Rod action and power are commonly confused even by very experienced anglers as they never took the time to learn the difference in the first place.
Rod action describes where on the rod blank the natural bend will start to form when the rod is put under pressure.
A fast action means it beds higher up towards the rod tip. A slow action means it bends lower down towards the reel seat. A moderate action is somewhere in the middle.
When using a spinning setup on smaller gear you should be using a fast action, particularly if you are using a bait style rig with single hooks.
Single hooks should e set quickly when you strike and a fast action allows you to do this plus it gives you more tip sensitivity so you get more sensitivity for lighter lures.
Rod Power describes how heavy a lure the rod is rated for and usually the line rating. These ratings normally come in a range from 8 lb to 15 lb line rather than one exact number.
You need to match the correct size spinning reel for bass to the size of line and lure you are using along with the rod.
The best rod power for a bass spinning rod will either be medium/light or medium. Although you can use an ultralight rating for really small lures the chances of dragging a bass out of heavy cover on a rod that light is slim.
A medium/light action is suitable for use as ned rig rods, drop shot rods and other finesse style applications
If you are using heavier rigs like a Texas rig, or smaller jerkbaits and lighter topwater lures then your can use a medium power spinning rod for bass.
You will rarely see anyone use a heavy power bass spinning rod, if you require such a setup then switch to a baitasting rod as they are better suited to it.
Best Bass Spinning Rods
1. St Croix Mojo Bass
2. Ugly Stick Elite
3. KastKing Royal Select
4. St Croix Avid
5. Dobyns Fury FR 702F
6. Kalex XR5
7. Daiwa Tatula
Bass Spinning Rods
Choosing the best spinning rod for bass really boils down to buying a high quality rod with the right specifications from one of the leading rod manufacturers.
The majority of bass spinning rods will be made from graphite of some kind of graphite blend.
There was a time when all rods were made from glass fiber but those days are long gone and more modern materials are used for better performance.
Glass fiber is nowhere near as sensitive as graphite, the blanks are just to big and heavy and it is really difficult to get a sensitive rod with a fast action when using glass blanks.
Graphite due to how it is wrapped during construction an have a much better taper and is easier to control how the sensitivity is distributed along the rod blank.
Line guides on a spinning rod meed to be large at the bottom closest the reel seat and then taper in size towards the rod tip.
This is one of the major differences between a casting rod and a spinning rod, that and the reel seat being on the bottom.
When line leaves the spool of a spinning reel it does so in a big circular motion and a small first line guide would cause a lot of friction, which reduces casting performance.
Good quality guide inserts are also a must as the friction between the line and the guide will not only cause casting issues but over time it will also cause unnecessary wear and tear which an result in a snapped line.