Choosing A New Fishing Rod

The Lew’s SuperDuty 2 rods are an addition to the standard line of Lew’s Custom speed Sticks, which are already great rods. The SuperDuty 2 rods are all made with Winn Grips and come in four specialty actions. Each rod is 7-feet, 11-inches, but they al feature different actions for different techniques. Model 1 is made for deep cranking with baits like a Strike King 6XD or 8XD, model 2 is built to throw a 10XD crankbait or a big spoon, model 3 should be prime for throwing big casting baits like swimbaits and jigs or flipping heavy cover and number 4 is made just for flipping and punching the heaviest stuff. Already, Brad Knight is itching to start throwing the cranking models, and they’ll retail for anywhere from $169 to $179.

Fishing rods come in many varieties. Understanding the ins and outs of what’s being sold in your local tackle shop starts with learning the basics. 


Lew’s Custom Speed Stick Spinning Rod

Spinning rods 

Spinning rods have guides (or eyes) on the underside of the rod to be used with open-face spinning reels. The guides are generally larger than those found on a casting rod. They’re very simple to use and a great choice for someone who wants a simple tool to catch fish. 

Spinning rods can be found in all different sizes and powers to fit any type of fishing, from the smallest bluegill to the largest saltwater fish. These rods are also a great choice for the days that you might find yourself fishing in heavy wind. The spinning reel design allows easy casting without fear of the dreaded “backlash” that can occur with the casting-style reel. In bass fishing, spinning rods are usually used for finesse techniques or for casting lightweight baits. 


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Casting rods 

Casting rods have guides on top of the rod. They’re designed to be paired with baitcasting or spin-casting reels. They can be found in all different sizes and powers to match any type of fishing. Most people find that they can cast much more accurately once they become proficient with a baitcasting rod. This is due to the fact that, when paired with a baitcasting reel, you have complete control over the speed that the line and lure are traveling. When it comes to bass fishing, a casting rod is usually chosen for almost every technique except light-line finesse fishing. 



Both types of rods mentioned above can be made out of a variety of materials, but graphite and fiberglass are used to build the majority of them. 


Rods made of graphite have great sensitivity and often more “power” than fiberglass. They’re made with faster actions, which means the tip doesn’t bend too far down from the tip. With fast actions and good sensitivity, they’re excellent for most uses. The majority of rods in your favorite pro’s boat are graphite. 


Fiberglass rods will not be nearly as sensitive as graphite rods, but will provide more flex or bend – what some people call a parabolic bend, which means the rod bends all the way along its length. While this isn’t the best option for all lures, it can be a great choice when fishing baits with treble hooks or when fishing for very large fish that require long fights. The extra flex in the rod can help absorb some of the initial shock when a fish makes a quick run or strong pull. Bass anglers generally reserve fiberglass rods or rods made with a mix of fiberglass and graphite for fishing crankbaits. 

Use this info to help pick out your next fishing rod. Whether you are fishing for panfish or bass, or going for the world-record tuna, the perfect setup is out there for you. 

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