Coarse Fishing rods
Almost all of the disciplines require four things above most everything else: A rod, a reel, a hook, and a line. These are the core pieces of tackle in an angler’s arsenal. Without them, everything else is just stuff, and you’re going to have to get incredibly creative to actually catch anything. As such, it’s important to make sure that these centrepieces are able to do their job well; if not, neither will the rest of your tackle.
The fishing rod is the body of your setup, it holds the rest of the pieces together in the right place and provides the delivery mechanism for your rig. It’s important to have a rod that has the action you want, that can launch the distance when that’s what you want or can handle smaller swims when that’s what you need. Different disciplines mean different fish, which means your rod needs to be precision engineered to deal with size, weight, behaviour, and so many more variables. Because of this, a Coarse fishing rod is a very different beast than say, a carp one. In fact, coarse fishing rods vary dramatically between one another as well. There are two main variations: Feeder, and Float.
Feeder Fishing Rods
Perhaps the most characteristic feature of a feeder rod is the tip. These rods are designed with the difficulties of fishing the bottom of the lake in mind, in particular the visibility issues that come with not being able to see your rig; how do you know when to strike into the fish if you can’t see your bait or float? The answer is, you get a feeder rod.
The tip of a feeder rod is designed to be visible, and when there’s a fish on your line, it’ll show you by bending with the bite. This creates a waggling motion that will let you know that the fight is on! In addition, these tips come in a light and heavy weights to give you a selection to suit your situation.
Smaller fish don’t need big rigs, and they don’t exert much pressure. A heavier tip wouldn’t just be wasted, it might not even bend at all if the fish isn’t strong enough. For this reason, light tips exist, which are generally made of fiberglass and have a test curve anywhere from 0.5 oz to 2.5oz.
However, bigger fish run the risk of snapping lighter tips, and even if they didn’t, they require rigs that would. Not only that, but strong currents can lead to false bites if the tip isn’t on the stronger end of the spectrum. As a result, heavy tips are prevalent for many of the more turbulent areas as well as with anglers hunting for the really big, legendary catches.
In fact, while these rods are designed as coarse fishing tackle, they can also be used with heavier tips for carp fishing and match fishing, with the right bait. As a coarse fishing rod, however, this type of rod generally works best with a feeder system.
These rods generally come in lengths between 9ft and 12ft, giving you the ability to adjust your purchase to suit your needs and preferences. Obviously a shorter rod makes it easier to fish more intimate swims, or closer to the shore, while a longer rod can get your rig to really go the distance and hit those far-off spots.
Float Fishing Rods
Float rods tend to be light, slender and delicate, and as you might have guessed, they’re designed for float fishing. These can be upward of 10ft long and are designed for distance casting. This type of coarse fishing rod tends to be used for playing smaller fish without damaging them as they’re much more sensitive than other rods of the same size, but their lighter nature means that they can be more easily damaged by repetitive and constant casting.
On the other hand, there are Pellet Waggler fishing rods which tend to be somewhat heavier duty. These coarse fishing rods can be cast repeatedly in a short period of time with little risk of damaging the spine, and allowing you to cast heavier floats over and over again to get the optimum fall of the pellet through the free offerings that are introduced regularly.
The different types of Coarse Fishing Rod are equally useful, just in different situations. Browse our coarse fishing rod section to do some research and find the fishing rod that best suits what you need.
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