Choosing The Best Fishing Rod For Each Lure (With Capt. C.A. Richardson)

By: Joseph Simonds on February 26, 2019
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If you want to get the best distance and accuracy when casting artificials, you have to have the right rod for your lure.

How do you know if you have the right rod?

Check out this tip from Capt. C.A. Richardson below.

Choosing The Best Rod For Each Lure [VIDEO]

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Have you been using the right rod for your lures?

Let us know if you have any questions about rod selection in the comments below!

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John Martin

So, Dave all I do with my casting reel and rods is flop big gigs here in the north land . And trolling with a bait caster is a must.
Best Regards

JIm Nelson

Hello CA,

I would like to add my request to that expressed by David (below). In particular, effective casting (accuracy, distance) with the bait-casting set-up. You have had some good tips in prior courses (e.g., Trout) regarding rod/reel/line type (mono vs braid, test) and weight range for the typical inshore lures.

I found that with a new and unfamiliar bait-casting set-up, I was not very effective in my initial trials on the water. I’m getting a bit better, but it is not nearly as confident a cast as I might make with spinning gear at this point. But I really like the feel of the bait-caster overall, starting to get an idea of target control and I think the retrieve control for working these lures can be something I can better develop.

I think it would be valuable to summarize why you prefer the bait-caster over spinning gear for various situations, along with how to cast effectively (starting out, accuracy, distance). Tips on practice casting the top-waters, suspending baits, etc. with the bait-caster would be very valuable to those like me who are trying to add this skill set. And especially (based on my experience with the even more vexing game of golf), HOW TO DIAGNOSE WHAT YOU ARE DOING WRONG (and thus making the appropriate corrections). This seems to me to be a key point — identify what went wrong and make some adjustments.

Based on a quick search of mostly bass-fishing tutorials, there is likely good material out there, so maybe this would just be a matter of directing the members who are interested to what you consider best for the inshore lure types and weights.

Thanks for including the jack attack at the beginning of the filming sequence. Catching fish or not, seeing episodes are what makes my day when on the water.

James Doyel

Just as in golf, even with a personal instructor it takes lots of time, money, and practice to learn how to identify what went wrong yourself. Although an instructor speeds that process up by being there to watch you and explain it and show you why and how to correct it. They still must be there or have video to help you. So if your just self learning then it’s almost impossible to say what went wrong and why without video. First thing I recommend to anyone in golf, and it is equally as important in fishing. You must first understand how and why everything works, the equipment and the mechanics of the bodily motions. There are tons of videos that say just do this and this but without explaining why it teaches you nothing bc you may not even be doing it right and you think you are so you get confused. I’d find videos that explains why certain things are being done and then you can teach yourself how to accomplish those things.

JIm Nelson

I sent a reply on gmail (SaltStrong) when notified of your response, but I’m not sure it came through to the web site. I apologize if this is redundant, but I wanted to respond, thank you for the input, and point out that a few practice sessions with a bit of video guidance has been the best remedy. The original reply below:

Thanks James.

I think you are right on target. Too much thinking about what you are doing during a golf swing is a recipe for frustration. Same thing here. There is some “muscle memory” or such that I’ve needed to develop, as well as a better feel for the equipment.

I think I am making some good progress with my bait-caster. As you mentioned, a few decent bass-fishing videos and diagram sequences that illustrate the basics were useful (how the gear works, basic motion). But those didn’t give me a good feel for it really. What makes for a good “loading” of the rod to cast the lure without over-doing it seems to be key for me (attempting to really put more into the cast than feels like a fluid motion tends to result in a back-lash). But mainly, stopping off for some practice at a dock with several lures to follow up on the basics has made a big difference.

With some basic feel for setting the reel, cast-motion basics and thumb control, with each practice I’m getting more consistently on the target (darn close sometimes), considerably lengthening the cast distance and very few back-lashes. The latter being relatively minor compared to my initial trials, and now pretty much associated with an identifiable screw-up on my part (notably, over-exertion). I might be getting to where this set-up is becoming more of an asset than a liability (somewhat similar to where I am with my driver, or at least I convince myself of that at times) and could be a fun addition to the my spinning gear I’ve been using in my kayak.

Thanks again for your response.

James Doyel

Thank you for the kind words Jim, and I’m glad to hear that my “2 cents” were helpful. I totally understand the over-exertion casting problem. I too have a hard time keeping myself in check. I could talk all day about golf and fishing and how they relate. Rods in fishing are just like shafts in golf………Swing speed determines what flex shaft to get. Too soft of a shaft and you will be drawing the ball on a normal swing. Over-exert and it’s going to hook or slice every time bc the shaft can’t properly handle the added speed and force so instead of staying square at impact, it twists one way or the other if not hit dead center and their is a loss of distance even if you do hit dead center. Too stiff of a rod will always result in pushes or slice, bc the shaft can’t load so it’s like a board which results in the club face being open at impact. In fishing that’s the same as using a lure too light, or too heavy for what your rod is rated at.
Secondly, over-exertion in golf opens you up to 2 bad misses instead of one. If not hit dead nuts, then you will either; overload your hips and stay back too long which blocks your hips from clearing and it’s crushed straight 35yrds to the side of the target.
Or, you overload and release too fast so your hips clear sooner than your hands and you snap hook it!!!
Point being, match your rod to the lure weight that your throwing!!!
Tight lines buddy!!!!


CA, have you found any rod brand, in particular, that lists the most accurate lure weight on the rod??? I mean, they could give any range… do these manufacturers adhere to some universal standard??or test???

David Stoots

Would love to see a video on keys to choosing, setting up and successfully casting a bait caster.