You would think that fishing with a rod is a fairly new invention. Given the advancements in the fishing world; however, fishing with rods used for recreation dates back to 2000 BC.
The picture above is a 4-piece, bamboo fisherman’s rod. One-piece fits into the next, much like a lot of the poles we see today.
Fishing is about being with nature and for those who have been doing it for a very long time; it takes more than just a simple fishing rod and bait. For others, who want to try it and perhaps do it more often, investing in the right tools and accessories will make it a worthwhile experience and at the same time enable the person to catch a lot of fish.
The most important piece of equipment is the rod. For beginners, the basic rod and some bait will do. During this time, the type of material used and the features it has is not important. What matters is getting the feel of it and having fun. When the person is already comfortable and ready to move on to the next level, then one can invest in other more complex pieces of fishing equipment.
There are several types of rods available and it takes time to try out all of them before finding the right one that works well with the person. Rods are made from different materials like wood, fiberglass and carbon fiber.
It is important to know before entering the store or ordering online, the kind of fishing you will be doing and under what conditions.
There is no age requirement for anyone to start fishing; however, fishing takes a lot of practice before excelling. You can purchase a new fishing pole online or at the local store. Another way to get started would be buying a second hand pole before spending more money when buying a brand new one.
Being an expert at fishing won’t happen in one day. It takes practice and patience – waiting for the fish and finally catching one. Always remember, in the water, on land and of course hanging with other people, it is all about having fun.
Today’s fishing rods have incorporated modern features, not typical of the more primitive cane pole. Modern fishing rods contain reels, which aid in the retrieval of fish.
One sophisticated feature is the spinning rod; the entire shaft of the rod, except the handle, can move around on its axis to allow flexibility when fish are caught on snare bait and are struggling through the water.
Types of Fishing Rods and Specifications
A typical fishing rod measures between 6 and 16 feet and vary in capability to tolerate the strain in fishing activity. The length has a lot to do with withstanding force exerted by the fish on the pole and determines for the most part the performance of rods used.
Cane poles are one of the smallest and less sophisticated gadgets in fishing. It is usually made of bamboo or other flexible wood material with the most basic fishing line attached to it.
Unlike other more sophisticated fishing rods, cane poles do not usually contain reels or its equivalent to be used for reeling in or retrieving fish.
These types of rods are the most popular today. They can be used either for heavyweight or lightweight fish, although they have been proven best for trout, walleye and bass. They measure around 6 feet.
Spinning poles are commonly used in bass fishing competition accounting for their flexibility and tolerance to stress. They accommodate bigger and tougher fly lines and stabilize them to avoid line tangles.
These rods are best for heavy lures and baits, especially when reaching around 180 to 200 feet under the ocean’s surface. They are made of fine, solid material which accounts for their heaviness. The use of jigging rods is specifically due to alternating currents.
Some oceans have erratic undersea currents. This is why the bait and fly lines should be kept in place. Lures are also disturbed and cause confusion among fish if the lines are not long and heavy enough to withstand water currents.
These rods are best for target fishes usually found dwelling at the bottom of the sea such as halibut and cods.
Head to the store, armed with a little basic knowledge and get a rod, some line and bait – then find a quiet place to relax while attempting to catch dinner.
Chef Bobby is a Chef and Cookbook Author. He loves to share his knowledge of cooking and handling of fish with our community.