What They Are
Rod fishing is one of the most common forms of fishing. It is popular throughout the world because rods are easy to manufacture and use. Rods are long and usually made from a flexible material. They are sticks or poles which are attached to a line. At the end of this line is a hook.
Bait is placed onto this hook and the line is cast out onto the water. Hopefully the fish will be attracted to this bait and bite into it. When this happens the fish gets caught on the hook and the fisherman must then reel them in. If the reel is successful then the fish will be caught.
The length of a rod can be anywhere from 2 to 20 feet. The line is often stored on a reel. This method reduces any potential snags or tangles. It also makes landing a fish much easier.
Types Of Rod
Older, more traditional rods were made of bamboo. Modern ones utilise stronger and more durable materials. This includes carbon fibre and fibreglass. Fishing rods are favoured more by hobbyists, rather than those in the industry. This is because a rod reduces the number of fish that can be caught in contrast to nets.
The type of fish being caught will affect the rod that needs to be used. It will affect the rods size, configurations and actions. Whether the water is fresh or salt will also have an impact. Some rods are designed for specific purposes. For instance, fly rods utilise artificial flies. Spinning and bait casting rods are made specifically for casting certain lures and types of bait. Ice fishing rods need to be able to fit into small holes in ice covered water. Trolling rods are made for fishing from boats that are constantly in motion.