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Spin Rods (Light)

Why Choose a Light Spinning Fishing Reel Setup?

Most people use a light fishing rod setup when they are targeting fish such as Bream, Whiting, Trout or Bass. These rods are suited to in Inshore, Estuary, Lake and River Conditions. A light rod is usually considered as something in the 1-3kg or 2-5 kg range. The reason people tend to fish with these lighter setups is because they are looking for a rod sensitive enough so that they can work with lighter lures and tackle. It is worth taking note of the recommended lure size when selecting a rod. This is usually given in grams. For example a lot of people target Bream using lightweight crankbaits such as a Jackall Chubby or a Soft Plastic like a Z-man Grub. These lures can often be as light as 3-4 grams and to have any chance of casting them and then more importantly the ability to twitch and impart action on the lure, then you need a very light setup. Often you will find fishos matching a 1000 or 2000 spinning reel to these kinds of rods so that they have a nice light setup that doesn't feel too heavy in their hand if they are going to be casting all day.

Rod Action/Speed

You will often read in the manufacturers description about the action of the rod. For example they may describe a fast or an ultra-fast action. This action refers to the section of the rod that you get the most bend. In a fast action rod, most of the bend happens near the top and the bottom part of the rod remains relatively straight. On a moderate or slower action rod the bend is spread further down the rod resulting in a much larger bend spread along the whole length of the rod. Sometimes these slow action rods are also known as parabolic rods. Faster action rods in general have more power and slower action rods give you a better chance to lift in something a little heavier by spreading the load across more of the rod.

Now you know the mechanics of how these rods actions are described, it might be helpful to tell you the benefits of each action. When it comes to lighter spinning reel setups and targeting bream for example, tournament anglers favour a faster action rod when they are fishing with soft plastics. With less bend spread across the rod it gives them a more direct contact with the lure so that as soon as they feel the slightest twitch or bump they can set the hook with the flick of a wrist. When it comes to fishing a slow rolling technique such as a crank bait with small sticky treble hooks on it, sometimes they prefer not to use an ultra fast action rod. The slower the action the more it acts as a shock absorber when the angler sets the hooks. If the angler strikes too hard on a crank bait or surface lure they can pull these tiny treble hooks from the Bream's soft lips. 

Rod Material

Most rods either come in Graphite or Fibreglass. Graphite tends to be lighter and is more sensitive where fibreglass tends to be heavier, stronger and less expensive.

Our Recommended Light Rods

Best Value Entry Level Rod:

Silstar Diamanto

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Rapala Maxwell

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Shimano TK3G

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