| ||I had a conversation recently with a friend who was new to fishing and
wanted to catch walleyes. Heíd been watching fishing shows on
television and reading articles and going to fishing seminars, and
while the information he got from the various outlets was helpful, he
was still a bit confused about what rods he would need to effectively
chase walleyes. His budget was not endless, so he needed some
ideas for getting some rods that were beyond basic, but still
reasonable in number and cost. Here is what we came up with.|
Fishing rods for an angler can be compared to golf clubs for a
golfer. Golfers need several different clubs: One for teeing
off, one for putting, one to get you out of the sand, and so forth:
Certain clubs for certain jobs.
Fishing is similar. While you can present a bait better with
a rod designed for a particular presentation, you certainly donít need
as many rods to go fishing as you do clubs to go golfing. For
most of us, thatís not necessary.
What you need to do is determine how youíll be fishing for walleyes
most of the time. In some regions, pulling planer boards is a
popular and productive technique.
In other regions, walleye anglers do more jigging. You donít
want a jig rod for pulling boards, and you donít want to use a board
rod for jigging. Youíre not going to be very efficient.
If youíre going to be jigging a lot with jigs ranging from sixteenth to
quarter ounce, a medium action seven foot spinning rod would be a good
choice. If you think youíll be using mostly jigs on the
lighter end of that range, maybe a medium light action would be better:
If you think youíll be using mostly heavier jigs, go with a medium
heavy. For the majority of anglers, a seven foot medium
action rod will enable them to jig effectively, and that rod will also
be good for live-bait rigging, slip-bobbering, throwing walleye
crankbaits, and pulling spinners with light bottom-bouncers.
It will be a good all-around rod. As you get more into
walleye fishing, you might want to get a rod that will be more
appropriate for specific techniques.
Another rod you should consider would be a seven foot medium or medium
heavy action casting rod for trolling crankbaits and pulling spinner
rigs with heavier bottom bouncers. You could even pull planer
boards with this rod. This rod wonít be as versatile as the
spinning rod suggested earlier, but it will allow you to do some things
more effectively than the mentioned spinning rod would.
As you get more into walleye fishing, you may find that much of your
fishing is done with, for example, light jigs in shallow
water. At that point you may want to find a rod that is made
for that technique, or whatever other technique you might find yourself
doing a lot of.
You donít need to spend a lot of money on rods and reels
either. The more expensive stuff is usually noticeably
better, but mid-range priced rods will do a great job.
Cabelaís has an outstanding selection of rods from top to
bottom. Their Fish Eagle Series is very nice and priced
right. A step or two up would be something in their Walleye
Prodigy Series. If you can, go to the store and hold them and
shake them to get the best fit for you. Then get a reel on
it, spool up, and youíll be ready to hit the water for walleyes.
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