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Alex P.

Avid outdoorsman who loves to spend his time fishing, hunting, and golfing or just about anything outdoors! If he can't make it to the woods or water, chances are you can find him walking his dogs. Follow Alex P. as he tackles questions, and read his reviews of todays new products!


  • Fishing Rods

1. Introduction to Fishing Rods

Sudden trip to the lake? Camping this weekend? Fishing the open seas? Need to know what to buy right away? Well here is a quick how-to guide, describing what rod to look for so you can get your line in the water and land that fish!

So what do you need to land that mysterious beast from the deep tugging on the end of your line? With a basic understanding of rod types, rod construction, and actions you will be ready when that line goes straight!

Action ranges and target species:
  • Ultra-Light = Crappie, bait, most small fish
  • Light = pan fish, bluegill, sunfish, Jacks, Drums
  • Medium Light = Bass, Walleye, Trout
  • Medium =Bass, Catfish, Redfish
  • Medium-Heavy = Pike, Musky, Snook, Salmon
  • Heavy = Tuna, Sturgeon, Salmon, Tarpon
  • Extra-Heavy = Sailfish, Shark, Tuna, Halibut
How to Choose a Fishing Rod