There is an almost endless combination of rod and reel combos you can use, but the combination you should use depends on what you’re fishing. Striped bass is a great catch and come in a variety of sizes depending on when and where they’re caught. Let’s break down some of the key terms you need to know to find the best rod and reel combo for your striped bass fishing trip.
There are three types of rod action – fast, moderate, and slow. In this instance, the term action refers to how much and where the rod will bend once it’s holding the weight.
- Fast action – fast action rods are ideal for light setups using smaller plugs. Fast action is great during early spring with a more experienced caster using the rod. These rods are stiff and only the front 1/3 of the rod will bend when casting the rod.
- Moderate action – a moderate action rod bends through the top half of the rod when loaded. You can use heavier lures and expect easier casting. These rods are ideal in late spring through summer and you’ll get a good feel when you’re fighting with a fish you’ve hooked. Moderate action rods are very versatile compared to fast or slow action rods.
- Slow action – slow action rods have a bend throughout the entire rod when weight is applied. They’re great for live bait fishing, although there’s definitely a learning curve.
Rod power refers to how much weight the rod can handle. Striped bass typically requires a medium or medium/heavy rod power. It’s important to note that rod power ratings vary greatly from one brand to the next so you’ll want to feel the rod in person before making a decision. A rod with medium power can handle a lure from 5/8 oz to 10 oz and should be paired with a 4,000-5,000-class reel. A medium-heavy rod can handle a 7/8 oz to 1.5 oz lure and is best paired with a 5,000-6,000-class reel. A heavy or extra heavy rod power is good for casting the largest striper lures and can also be used for tuna but casting this rod will be extremely tiring and difficult to use.
Finding the perfect rod and reel combination for striped bass largely comes down to your experience level, the time of year, and the type of lure you’ll be using. It may take some trial and error to find the best combination for you. To learn more about finding the right rod and reel combination for your upcoming spring fishing trip, contact Cape Cod Bay Outfitters today! We have the experience and insight about supplies you need for a great catch! Give us a call at 617-721-9182 or fill out a contact form.