We fish ALOT. Thanks for this post! I just had whatever it was I had and that worked well enough. Thanks, Jordan. You should also get different colors of Power Pro for each rod/reel combo, so it’s easy to identify who’s is who’s and untangle lines (should that happen). I know you usually look for a rod with a 1/4-5/8 rating. Medium-Light; Medium; Medium-Heavy; Heavy; Extra Heavy; An ultra-light rod is built to handle small fish, like bluegill, because it is so light and sensitive it makes feeling the bite of a small fish easy and fighting it practical. http://www.rapsodyfishing.com/technology/ Rod manufacturers categorize rods as light, medium, or heavy. Years ago I couldn’t tell you the difference between a medium or heavy power fishing rod. I'm looking into a new spinning rod used for t-rigs and just wanted to know if yall prefer a Medium or Medium-Heavy rod and why you favor it. Fishing rods and cars are a lot alike for two reasons: Sedans, pickup trucks, minivans and sports cars all have wheels and take you places, but they all do so differently to match the various needs of different people. Because of this I want to make sure I have something that could work well as an all around rod. Fenwick Elite Tech Inshore. Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. Spinning rods have large line guides that hang down, whereas casting rods have smaller ones that face up. Accurately put, power represents how much force is needed to flex the rod. To continue my series on what bass fishing lures go with what rods this video covers the Medium Fast rod. As for the guide, if you have to ask then the answer is “yes”. How much a rod bends is really referred to as taper. I’d use this rod for throwing lipless crankbaits like a Rattle Trap. Great read with practical information! See how there is always a tradeoff when choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish? Medium-heavy rods … All right, I was offered a really good deal on either a 7 medium or 7 medium heavy powered shimano zodias spinning rod. Thanks for commenting, Charlie! I think the rod selection would matter more for the lure you were throwing, and if you wanted casting or spinning, but if I had to pick one it would be a Duce EM68 (casting rod) or Duce EMS7 (spinning). Suggestions needed please. I have limited room on the boat and can’t carry extra gear. Occasional sight cast. As for the ECMH71F, if you’re flipping docks and throwing jigs, you’re almost always going to be tossing 3/8 oz or more. It’s about selecting the right rod based upon its power, action and length to meet your needs, whether it’s catching speckled trout or bigeye tuna. An ultra-light rod would give you no power over the fish and chances are he would break it. I would think I’d want a fast tip, but the lure rating on the 7’1″ is 3/8-1oz. MH(5): Where Medium Power stops, the Medium- Heavy power starts. A moderate-fast action is great for "chunk and wind" baits in open water (like a gold spoon), or casting big baits over long distances. It’s the most common rod on the decks of most bass boats. Daiwa Tatula TTU731MXS is a great drop shot rod. It’s the most common rod on the decks of most bass boats. Copyright 2021 Louisiana Fishing Blog, LLC, all rights reserved. Do you have a recommendation for a rod and reel for both Red and Specs? Most of my fishing is done with bait casting gear, but I would choose a medium heavy for most t-rig applications. Besides, it's free and you can always change your mind. You’ve provided detailed information and I appreciate that because vague/broad questions are tough to answer. But as I gained experience it became evident that poor rod selection often led to poor rod performance: I eventually learned the finer points of rod specifications and how they are relevant to my inshore fishing needs (and yours, too! I think a 7ft medium power, fast action spinning rod paired with a size 30 (aka 3000) spinning reel would be great! Spinning rods are built for spinning reels and casting rods are built for casting reels, or baitcasters. Please log in again. In many situations, these fish are not accustomed to fishing pressure like you’d find … An extra-fast action is better suited for deepwater jigging speckled trout, and feeling those soft trout bites during winter. Are we talkin about the standard rig (7 - 8 worm, 3/16 - 1/4oz weight, and a heavy 3/0 worm hook), fishing in pads, and thick vegetation, or brush. On the other hand, a heavy power rod … If you get a good quality Medium power rod with a nice good soft tip it can do anything and everything a Medium light rod can do. First, you have to drive that hook though the plastic bait and then into the fishes bony mouth. I appreciate you commenting, but I think you’re missing the point of this blog post: rod selection isn’t about name brand or price point. In short, you really only need to use graphite rods for inshore fishing, because graphite is lighter and more sensitive than fiberglass. This article is packed with great info so thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, tight lines!! You could use an Ugly Stik Tiger Model # USTDR1230C802 for jigging trout and not catch a single fish because it’s the worst PAL combo for jigging speckled trout. Mike, Wade fishing Texas bays, prefer medium/fast 7 ft to 7 ft 6 inch. Power ratings are usually describes as heavy, medium heavy, medium, etc. well i personally like a med-hvy with a fast tip. I would also try to limit my distance, it's going to be harder to get a good hook set on long casts. Yes, you’re correct, the ECMH68MF is a cranking rod, not really best for jigs and flipping docks. Choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish is easy when you know what to look for. just go to your local tackle shop and feel the rod tips for yourself and don't order online unless you know how the rod … You can use this rod for any type of weightless soft plastic, shaky heads, Ned rigs, lightweight Texas rigs and any other finesse technique you may favor. Since you are from La, thought I would ask a Venice question. a nice size fish.. There's simply no room and the engine isn't big enough to handle the added weight. OP. Power, action and length is something you should know by heart, but that doesn't mean overlooking these specs to find the best rod for speckled trout and redfish: It's important to pay attention to line rating so you don't overload your rod and break it. There are three you need to know by heart: An easy way to remember these is to know that they are your pal, or PAL  ;). He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right. But, if you're short on time, you can click the button to scroll down to the cheat sheet for choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish. Now you know what to look for when choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish. Depends on where you're fishing, and how big of texas rigs. Just curious about your thoughts on a 7’6″ medium power mod action. An open face spinning reel will work excellent.? then a medium rod will probably be best. Posts: … This blog post serves to cover the finer points of choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish without falling into the deep abyss of rod building. All you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel. Outdoorsman. For most anglers, the best and most commonly used option will be right in the middle of the spectrum at medium-heavy. Now that you understand the three most important fishing rod specs, let's put them together for different techniques we use to catch speckled trout and redfish. I think you really need to learn what’s in these blog posts, and you’ll find your answer and more after taking the time to digest them: https://www.lafishblog.com/how-to-fish-tides-in-louisiana/, https://www.lafishblog.com/predict-false-neap-tides/, Yea Devin what’s your take on tides when they get up to around 1.5? After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Note: The "X" designation in the above model number stands for "extra fast", referring to the action. Im looking for an all purpose spinning rod … 6. You can always use a fluoro leader if you're afraid of line shy fish. Or do you mean a little 4" worm with a 1/0 hook and 1/8oz weight? I was looking on RodnReel for next week and it was predicting some big tides. P.S.Did you find what you learned here to be useful? What rod specs do you recommend for wade fishing for reds and speckled trout along the Texas coast? Power: Medium. In a nutshell, a faster action is more sensitive and a slower action is more forgiving. If you’re also talking about artificial lures, then that’s a whole different animal, as there are many different kinds of lures and techniques. Action refers to the speed from which a rod returns to its neutral position from a flexed position. Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1. The exact model number you are looking for is ACIN701MXS. ;), There was a time in history I used expensive rods and reels … I take many people fishing and not being experienced, they destroyed equipment… about 8 years ago I switched to Ugly Sticks… they step on a rod and break it, no big deal… and I don’t have complaints about number of fish caught. The login page will open in a new tab. Water movement? Power is closely related to the line strength; heavier power rods will handle heavy … One thing to remember though, it's easier to ease up on a hookset to compensate for having a rod that is a little too stiff than it is to set the hook harder and get good penetration with a rod that is too light. I'm looking into a new spinning rod used for t-rigs and just wanted to know if yall prefer a Medium or Medium-Heavy rod and why you favor it. Mod action to possibly compensate for a better hook up ratio on those trout bites that dont seem to quite fully commit. and still feel the bumpbump of lower slot trout. 15-20 lb Windtamer works well (floro leader 20 lb). Shorter rods tend to be more accurate and weigh less, but don't cast as far or pick up as much slack as longer rods. Line Weight: 10- … Tight lines. It is a specification also used to describe how much the rod will bend. mod action to allow for that lure to stay in the trout a just little longer over a fast action. Intentionally fishing a rod outside of its line rating could void its warranty! #12026691 01/08/17 01:40 AM: Joined: Jun 2012. What rod size/strength & and line strength for Reds & Specs would you suggest for the girls & me? The power of the fishing rod is the rod’s ability to handle different sized fish. Consider joining my newsletter to be notified when more like it publishes. Medium Light vs Medium Spinning rod? I have one M rod for topwater poppers and wacky rig; everything else I use MH. I use mostly live baits. Action: Fast. This is the model number you're looking for ACIN701MHFB. Lure ratings are expressed in weight like fractions of an ounce or ounces and, like most rod information, is easily found printed above the reel seat. The Duce Element EMS7 fits your needs perfectly. Heavier action rods require more pressure to bend, while light action rods bend much easier. Thanks Devin for the awesome article!! I would primarily use this rod for jigs/craws/some plugs. Louisiana Fishing Blog, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. If your using baits like 7" or bigger worms, creature baits, or any other bigger profile bait then personally I feel that a medium heavy is a must. This is good because you will find yourself opening up to more techniques like roll casting under bridges, and fishing concepts like 3% Theory. Outdoorsman. When it comes to casting rods medium-heavy or heavy power are very popular. Can handle Reds up to 40 in. all actions are the same.. Its a good idea to take the reel with you and match to the rod … Throwing a lure too heavy or too light will result in reduced casting performance and possibly break the rod. Fiberglass rods have a niche within the world of bass fishing, so it's worth noting the difference here. In fact, taking a look at cars and trucks is a great way to begin understanding fishing rods! Power … No! This blog post is a little long because it dives into rod specifications, but it does so in a way that's easy to understand. Hey John, thanks for asking. Do you recommend getting a guide or can I take my boat and have success on my own? It’s great you want to come to Louisiana and fish for redfish, there are plenty of opportunities for that here. Always will anted to go there and fish for reds. Rod length is even more diverse than rod power and action, being as short as a couple feet or as long as ten feet! Or Delacroix? We fish out of Intracoastal City in & around Vermilion Bay. What specs should I go for to get the best bang for my buck while still having an all around multipurpose rod? Hey Capt.Devin, I’m a teenager who can really only afford one quality set up. I first used a medium power spinning rod years ago and had a lot of fish come unbuttoned. I would also probably try to use smaller hooks, a big heavy wire 5/0 hook isn't going to penetrate as well as a 3/0 hook. The easiest spec to understand when choosing the best rod for speckled trout and redfish, lure rating recommends the optimal lure weight for a particular fishing rod. When more leverage is required, there are light rods, generally designated for 10- to 20-pound lines, medium rods for 20- to 30-pound lines, and medium-heavy rods for 30- to … Some manufactures use: light; medium; medium/heavy; heavy … I wasnt planning on getting another rod, but Ive already got an extra spinning reel and I just cant pass this deal up. IMHO Medium/heavy is the way to go...it has enough flex to give you a decent cast and enough backbone to fight. Duce does make spinning rods with a moderate fast action, which tend to be more forgiving: Thank you! Well, really depends on what you’re doing, but I assume you’re throwing a popping cork. For spinning rods, mediums are our most popular option. Remember to use LAFISHBLOG17 to get 20% off. Flip it around, and you'll discover that using a heavy rod to catch bluegill is tough because you couldn't feel its tiny bite. You need the extra “oomph” in a heavy power rod to practically fight and land a fish that size. A Medium Heavy Rod is not the only fishing rod that you need for bass fishing. I'm torn on whether I should get a medium (30 reel) or medium heavy (40 reel). Yes, most rod companies use line ratings that are way too light for the use of heavier braid most inshore anglers use, but you should know that Daiwa builds and rates certain rods for use with heavy braid. Great blog! Just because it’s predicted to be 1.5′ doesn’t mean it’s going to move 1.5′. It wasn’t until recently that I learned there is a difference in rod performance. Click here to read our Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer. What is your all around recommendation that would fit the bill. I fish with this rod and can tell you that it handles more like a fast action, than an extra fast. i feel and SEE the bites quicker with a fast tip. Ok, just to be clear, this rod will be used strictly for throwing a popping cork? They all vary to serve one style of fishing or another, and knowing what those variations are is key to knowing which one is perfect for you. My opinion would be that the best "all around" rod would be the MH, because you can use a medium-heavy rod in the place of a medium rod and get good results (for example, throwing a light wacky rig), but trying to use a medium rod … I do use fiberglass rods, but only for bass fishing techniques like deep cranking, techniques that aren't all that useful in inshore fishing. How much of a difference is there between a st.croix medium heavy power rod and a medium power rod? When bass fishing, it's not always easy to match the correct rod with the lures you want to use. Why not try Bayou Bienvenue? Just be sure to ring that bell for notifications. )After investing in the correct rod, things got better and I began catching more fish: Catching limits of speckled trout is easier when you have the right fishing rod. Here is why. As for fast or extra fast, I think either would work, but I'd probably go with the XF if I had to choose. Daiwa's Aird Coastal Inshore is a great pick, and one rod I fish with regularly. They’re easier to navigate, hours closer and missing a lot of the hazards associated with Venice, like growing land, shipping lanes, and oilfield trash. For example, a smart car is great for saving money on a car note (and fuel).But it would never do well for transporting a team of cheerleaders! … Thanks Posts: 40. That and 20lb test Power Pro braided fishing line. … Power ratings are ultra-light, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, and heavy. To suit your needs I’d say that a 7′ medium power, fast action spinning rod would work fine. Entsport E Series - Camo Legend 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod 24 Ton Carbon Fiber Baitcasting Fishing Rod with 2 Tips - Medium and Medium Heavy Portable Baitcast Rod Bass Fishing Rod … This is going to be the “bread and butter” rod for many anglers. A rod with an extra fast action will only bend towards the tip whereas a moderate action may bend along the entire rod length. A spinning rod is great, but you need the right reel. A moderate action rod can bend less than another moderate action rod, though their rod tips will return to the neutral position at the same speed.Manufactures lump this spec into the action of the rod in order to make purchase decisions easier for consumers. 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A 1.5′ tide in relation to what? I appreciate you. Rod power is defined as the strength of the rod or its lifting power and ranges from light to heavy. Hopedale? From my experience, the biggest reason for increasing the power of the rod you use is due to fishing heavy current … Longer rods are able to quickly pick up slack and sling baits farther, but tend to be less accurate and weigh more. A good example is their Saltist Inshore STIN70HFS, a 7' heavy power, fast action spinning rod rated for 30-55lb braided fishing line. On the other hand, a heavy power rod would be used to fight a big redfish. The action of a rod tends to be pretty close across most rod manufacturers, however the terms that they use to describe the action vary. And be sure to comment again if you’d like. What say you? Joined: Jun 2012. If your using braided line then that changes things too because you can get away with a lighter rod because of the lack of stretch with braid. 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