February 23, 2021
1. ROD SELECTION
Look to a rod that suits your style of fishing. For most long-distance casting situations, a 10- to 12-footer capable of casting 1 to 8 ounces or more of weight (including sinker and bait) is a good choice. Also consider rod action and power. Action refers to the taper of the rod; the most common ratings are medium, medium-heavy, and heavy. Power is the amount of force needed to bend the rod. A medium or medium-fast action suits most needs, and medium-heavy power is a good compromise since most options in this power range can cast up to 8 ounces of weight (e.g., a 6-ounce sinker and a small bait).
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