I want a lure fishing rod? Blimey…where do you start? How much money do you wanna spend? What’s your target species? Bass obviously. How big are the lures…AArrgghhh!! Let’s face it, there are so many things to take into consideration when choosing a pukka bass rod if you’re a serious lure fisherman.
Going back in time when I first chucked that Yo Zuri Arc Minnow out into the sea at 4 am in the morning, I have to say things have come on a long way since then. That was way back in the ’80s when I was first introduced to this amazing lure fishing sport.
My First Lure Fishing Rod Was A Carp Rod
The rods back then were Daiwa carp rods with an ABU cardinal reel loaded with Maxima mono line, that brown stuff. I must admit that line felt silky smooth, in fact, quality, but still not a patch on today’s braids. Honestly, I’ve still got that rod but it’s stuck up in the loft. I have dusted off once though used it, and to be quite honest the difference between that old Daiwa and the rod I’ve been using today is remarkable. We’ll get into that in a bit.
Cheapo Lure Fishing Rod
Another rod I had bought was a £30 lure rod that I snapped the very first day I went to use it(I hadn’t even left the house). Yes, I clumsily trapped the rod eye in a gap around the top of the door frame in the house. Anyway, I managed to repair it as it was broke right at the end. I simply got the broken bit out the rod-eye and managed to stick it back on.
Value For Money
For the price, this was quite a good rod and you noticed the difference casting. This was because there was a bit more action towards the tip. What I mean by this is it didn’t seem to flap around like the Daiwa after you cast. Meaning, most of the action was at the top and not through the rest of the rod. The load returned quicker.
I used that broken/repaired 30 quider for a while before I came across my first Major Craft rod…The Zaltz.
You Get What You Pay For
Amazingly enough,(going off track) when I first acquired a ZZiplex rod the first thing I noticed was the action in the tip, especially when you had any weight on the end of it, like a fish. The action was in the tip. You also noticed this when casting, it was only towards the end that the rod seemed to bend.
How I Met The Bass Man And Discovered Major Craft Lure Fishing Rods
I first met The Bass Man taxi driving, and I heard him talking to another driver about fishing. Anyway, cut a long story short I ended chatting to him about lures fishing for bass once I had mentioned about our local fishing mark. I didn’t realise how good an angler he was till I went fishing with him. He also worked in a tackle shop at the time that had all the major lures on sale. At that time, my mate Dave wanted to get into lure fishing. So we bought these Zaltz, and I have pretty much used Major Craft ever since.
Savage Gear Bushwhacker lure rod
Oh, I forgot to mention I had a Savage Gear Bushwhacker lure rod. I only bought the Bushwhacker because It was under £100. I liked this rod too, it was very well made but miles to short. For me, I wouldn’t make that mistake again. Don’t get me wrong, a great little rod but to me would be great for a kayak fisherman out on the water.
How much would you spend on a lure fishing rod
This is a big one and a great question. I personally have never spent more than £220 on a fishing rod. But do understand the difference in price. For instance, the bassman has a custom made DFR rod that probably cost in excess of £400. But what is so amazing is the lightness of the rod, this is why you pay the money IMO. If your surface lure fishing you want an ultralight rod.
Is Surface Lure Fishing Harder With a Heavier Rod
When I’m surface lure fishing, using the Zaltz seems hard work after a while and will change how I hold the rod. I am nowhere near the angler the bassman is but he has ‘walking the dog’ action down to a tee. His lighter rod must contribute to the action he gets from the lure. He can do that consistently for hours.
Practice makes Perfect
Obviously, if you fished for hours and fished nearly every day you would be a master at surface lure fishing. My point is it’s definitely easier with a lighter rod. But, in turn, it’s going to cost you more money.
This is the case with all type of fishing, I have seen fly rods for over £800 WHAT? I’m not saying you have to go out and remortgage your house to get surface lure fishing down to a fine art you don’t. I’m sure if I was able to fish more I would be more than happy with the Zaltz and better at surface lure fishing. To be honest, I have never fished a whole session just surface lure fishing anyway, so it’s not a given. I love any style of lure fishing as long as we are catching…who cares?
Why I chose the Skyroad
Now I know that the real lure fisherman do not like to give away their marks. The Bassman is definitely no exception. One night roughly about 2 am in the morning we were waiting for the tide to turn (the flood) because from other previous nights the bass seemed to move in, in great numbers.
For any newbies out there, its good to take advantage when you find the fish like this, trust me, it doesn’t last. Now the Bassman had been rinsing them out on the previous nights so I had joined him. I was going to take the day off work to recover. (I would’ve been f—-d otherwise).
Get Them While You Can
Now just as we were heading to our hotspot, way out on the low tide mark a light appeared from the shore and ultimately the Bassman went into panic mode. There is no way the intruder saw us because we were a long way away and hadn’t put our lights on (Another no, no in the Bassman world).
We moved off the mark and headed for the gullies about 100 yards away to hide. We took cover lying in the gutter and watched as the light got closer and closer to the mark where we had planned to fish. Then, my our utter horror, the bloke stopped and walked towards where we were hiding.
Human Crabs Hiding in the Gullies…Whatever Next?
Can you imagine what he would have thought if he’d discovered a couple of human crabs hiding in the gullies? FFS this was going to be embarrassing I was getting angry to be honest, and got up I’d had enough.
Then he turned away and headed to the water’s edge and started to fish. He had his light on (probably because he’s sensible and didn’t want to fall arse over tit clambering over the rocks. Not like muggins here who’s fallen over bollock deep in the water loads off time).
The next night I bumped into him again only this time I spoke to him. He said he’d been down the night before and had caught a lobster and a couple of bass. I see he had all the gear but the rod (a Major Craft Sky Road) was amazing. It just seemed light as a feather compared to my Zaltz so I just had to get one, they really are a great rod.
What weight class is best for a lure fishing rod
The Zaltz that I had used for years is a 15 to 42g which absolutely great for our type of lure fishing. This will cast a big pachinko no problem, but I still feel its a tad heavy for a surface lure fishing. Although the pachinko is a surface lure, I probably wouldn’t use one on a lighter class rod. My ideal lure rod class would be around the 10 to 30g weight class.
Is there a particular lure fishing rod for the surface
No, as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t make any difference the rods are designed to cast different lure weights not what type of lure they are. But please remember that the rod class is there for a reason. Do not forget to check the rod class when you purchase your lure rod. YOU DON’T WANT TO SNAP IT.
Here are 3 lure fishing rods around the £200 mark you should consider buying
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