HOOKED: Rod selection vital in targeting fish

NICE WORK: Arnie Dekurt with a large bream.
NICE WORK: Arnie Dekurt with a large bream.

WITH the diverse range of fish we have in our rivers the rod is all important.

Your basic fibreglass rods are what we usually see when we pick up one of the cheaper rods.

These are great for a kid or that person just getting into fishing for the first time.

They are durable and will get the job done.

But, as is the case with most things in life, if you spend a little more the differences are astronomical.

Graphite rod technology has come a long way over the last few years and the capabilities of some of the rods is astonishing.

So how do we work out what rod is best for what application?

Ultra-light fishing rods are usually graphite blanks that are best for catching small to medium fish like whiting and bream.

These would have a line rating of between 1-3kg.

For larger fish like larger trevally, flathead and mangrove jacks you have to go a little heaver rod, so a 3-6kg rod is ideal.

It is best to have the rod matched to the type of fish that they are intended to catch.

Any fish can be caught with any rod, but catching small fish on a heavy rod doesn't test the angler's skill level.

Successfully landing a large fish on an ultra-light rod requires good rod handling skills.

This type of fishing is not for the inexperienced angler though as being able to play the fish, apply the right amount of drag and keep the rod in the appropriate position is all important because you are really fishing outside the capabilities of the rod and in the hands of an inexperienced angler this can ultimately end in disaster, either losing the fish or breaking gear.

But all that being said, the best fun you can have is fishing for bigger fish on light gear.

With the advent of mass production rods today they are quiet cheap in comparison to years gone by.

You can get good graphite rod for less than a hundred dollars but you do get what you pay for so spending that little bit more results in better quality graphite, better real seats and the all-important better-quality guides.

Apart from the blank the guides are crucial especial when fishing lighter-weighted braided lines.

Braided line is a lot finer than your standard monofilament line and can damage the cheaper type guides so when shopping for a rod with the intention of using braid it is always best to look for the harder type guides like allanite guides or in the real high end type rods, silica guides.

When it comes to maintaining your rod, a quick wipe over with a soapy sponge to remove any salt residue and then drying with a soft cloth will definitely extend the life of your rod.

For those of you that


like to leave the rod rigged up, making sure the rod is not loaded up is also important.

For the graphite rods, be careful not to have the rod banging around while travelling as any chips in the blank can be catastrophic when the rod is loaded up on that big fish.

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Don't forget to drop into Davo's Tackle World in Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember: tight lines and bent spines.

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