Why Do I Need A Rod Cover?

"Why do I need a rod sock?” you may ask yourself. The money that we as anglers invest in our equipment quickly adds up. We have tackle boxes for our lures, protective case for our polarized glasses, and the list goes on and on for the rest of our equipment. A layer of protection for our rods will add to the peace of mind that our eyes and rod will function correctly when we hook that giant! Upgrade Fishing provides anglers with an affordable solution to protect their investment.

Which Rod Is Right For Me?

Choosing a spinning or baitcasting rod can be a challenge for new anglers. Generally, your skill level and the species of fish you enjoy catching will determine which type of fishing rod you should select. The two basic types of rods are casting and spinning rods. Casting rods are designed for baitcasting and spincast reels, whereas spinning rods are matched with spinning reels. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two types and determine which one you should choose for your style of fishing. A casting rod is equipped with a reel seat that positions a spincast or baitcasting reel above the rod, and all the rod guides face upward. When fighting a fish on a casting rod, the rod bends over with the guides facing up, so the force of the fish pushes the line down on the eyelets and the rod blank. This prevents a big fish from pulling the eyelets off of the rod. Long casting rods with straight handles are designed for power fishing bass tactics and trolling or surfcasting for large fish such as blue or flathead catfish, salmon, striped bass, and more powerful saltwater fish. These rods usually have larger rod guides to handle the heavier line of baitcasting reels. Shorter casting rods with pistol grip handles and smaller rod guides can match spincast reels filled with lighter lines. This combination is ideal for beginners because it is easier to cast than the baitcasting combo. The spincast outfit works best for catching panfish, trout, and other smaller fish species with artificial lures or live bait.

Unlike the casting rod, a spinning rod holds the spinning reel under the rod, with the rod guides facing downward. So when you are fighting a fish, the force of the line pressed against the eyelet pushes away from the rod blank and could lead to a big fish pulling an eyelet off of the rod. Spinning rods vary in length and actions for catching a variety of fish. You can use shorter ultralight or light action spinning rods with a thin line for panfish or trout. Medium and medium-heavy action 6- to 7-foot rods are ideal for finesse bass fishing tactics. Long heavy action rods with elongated grip handles for two-handed casting are best for surfcasting for saltwater fish or steelhead and salmon fishing.

Spinning rods are also popular for trolling or fishing with live bait for catfish, panfish, and walleye.