How to Choose a Lure Rod - Fishing Lure Rod Specifications

How to Choose a Lure Rod - Fishing Lure Rod Specifications

The Type of Lure Fishing Rods:

Usually the lure fishing rod can be classified into two types: the spinning rod and the casting rod. But as the variety of the lure baits, operating methods, the water area and the different object fish the lure fishing rod can be classified in many details types like, bass rod, trout rod, fly rod, seabass rod, octopus rod, jigging rod and so on.


The Length of Lure Fishing Rods:

Usually freshwater lure fishing rod's length is between 1.8 meters and 2.1 meters, saltwater lure fishing rod is between 2.7 meters and 3.3 meters. The freshwater fishing lure is focus on the delicate manipulation, so the fishing rod shouldn't be too long to influence manipulation. The saltwater fishing usually at boat, along the coast, or on the bulwark, to avoid hard to casting or the fishing line cut off by the rock the rod should be a bit longer.

The Power of Lure Fishing Rods:

The power of a rod express the lure rod's ability to cast,  through it we can know the best optimally use of the rod so that to avoid break it. Power is closely related to the line strength; heavier power rods will handle heavy line weights and lighter powers will be good for light lines. It is very important to keep your line test within the limits printed on the rod, as a heavy power rod will break light lines too easily and heavy lines can break a light rod. It is characterized in grams and / or coded levels, ultra light (UL) to fish finesse to extra-extra heavy – XXH or XXH for powerful fisheries.

Rod Power

The table below summarizes the main bearings details their indicative weight ranges. This is approximate data, may a bit up and down, depending on the series of rods, including the sea rods equally coded power are a little more powerful.

Abbreviation Signification Line weight (lb) Lure range (oz.)
UL Ultra Light 1 - 4lb Test 1/64 – 3/16
L Light 4 - 8lb Test 1/16 – 1/4
ML Medium Light 4 - 10lb Test 1/8 – 3/8
M Medium 4 - 12lb Test 3/16 – 3/4
MH Medium Heavy 8 - 14lb Test 1/4 – 1
H Heavy 15 - 25lb Test 3/8 – 1 1/2
XH Extra Heavy 25lb Test and Above 1/2 – 2 1/2

** 1LB=0.45Kg, 1OZ=28.35G

The Action of Lure Fishing Rods:

The action expresses how and where the rod blank flexes when a force is applied. Or, the action is how easily and how far from the tip a rod will bend.

Action is another important parameter of rod! It characterizes the reaction speed of the blank, its ability to take a neutral position after bending, and the magnitude of its curvature.

Rod Action

Often used with "action", taper express not only the thickness of the rod but also the thickness of the wall of the blank and where along the blank less material is used allowing more bend.

Abbreviation Action Rod tip bends…
XF Extra Fast 1/4 or less of total rod length (tip top)
F Fast between 1/4 and 1/3
MF MeduimFast over 1/3
M Meduim over 1/2
S Slow more than the half of rod length


The Material of Lure Fishing Rods:

Today's lure fishing rod generally are made with either glass fiber, graphite fiber, boron fiber or a new generation composite, also known as carbon fiber. On many occasions carbon fibre and graphite are used together during the rod making. In general, graphite rods are lighter and more sensitive. However, glass fiber still has applications in the fishing industry. When using baits that require a rod with a medium or lighter action, glass fiber provides the necessary parabolic bend. A graphite rod, as its lighter weight and greater sensitivity, is the great choice in many occasions. But graphite is more expensive than glass fiber.

The Reel Seats of Lure Fishing Rods:

Reel seat is a basic part of the rod. Many anglers need a reel seat that allows them to feel the blank with their finger when holding the rod and reel. The angler usually choosing a good reel seat for first. Some reel seats are wider than others while trigger placement will different, along with seat nut size. It is unuseful if it isn't comfortable to hold a rod, although other parts of the rod are great. Pay attention to the shape of the grip on spinning rods. Always test out a reel on the rod suit for you best.

The Handles of Lure Fishing Rods:

Handle materials are mainly Eva and Cork. Cork resources are scarce and expensive because more than 85% of the cork materials used in the world's fishing rods are imported from Portugal. And Cork is divided into pure natural cork, bag cork, compressed cork, rubber cork and so on; Pure natural cork in accordance with the surface quality is divided into: C-Class, B-Class, A-Class, AA-grade, AAA-grade, Package cork-Bag Eva, package compression cork and so on.