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The Right Rod for the Walleye

Tips on Picking the Proper Pole

When it comes to walleye rods, here are some of the basic design terms: Tip action refers to the where the hook setting power is in the rod. There are three types: X-fast, fast and moderate. Fast tip action means that the power is located closer to the tip while the moderate places the power more toward the middle of the rod.

Another term that gets tossed around in the rod aisle is action. This refers to the speed at which the rod returns to a neutral position and should not be confused with the bending curve. Action is correlated with how much load the rod can bear. Mismatching the action of a rod to the load can be the cause of poor casts and even broken poles.

There are several combinations of action such as medium-heavy, medium, medium-lite and lite. If you are fishing deep water or heavy current rivers, the medium and medium-heavy actions are a good fit. If you will be spending time fishing waters that are between five to fifteen feet, than the medium-lite and lite rods will do just fine. When it comes to walleye fishing, heavier is not as important as the proper fit.

There are a lot of rods to choose from in the marketplace. The length, action and tip action should be based on the style of fishing you are going to do. Every presentation can benefit from having the right rod for the job.

Jigging is the most popular way to fish for walleye. This style requires a lot of rod control in order to present the bait and hook the fish properly. Short rods, which are typically six feet or less, that are light with fast action tips work really well for this technique. The size helps translate the underwater action to your hands better than longer rods, but still gives you the power needed to set the hook.

Live bait riggings perform better when paired with a longer rod, especially if the walleye are in deeper water. A seven-foot, medium rod with a fast action tip will allow you to cast further than a short rod. This will also give you better control of your line. Pairing this rod with a Lindy rig will make you very popular in the water.

Trolling is another popular way to catch walleye because it allows you to cover more area in less time. Spoons and crankbaits are often paired with this presentation. Heavier lures track better beneath the water, so it is important to have a rod that can handle the extra load. Seven to eight footer, medium action rods work well when paired with a monofilament line. Overly stiff rods can pull the hook out of the walleye's mouth, but you can lighten up on the rod if you go with a fireline.

It is important to keep what line you will be using in mind when picking out a rod. Many a new angler has struggled simply because the rod and line aren't compatible. If you want to use braided lines, make sure the guides on the rod are made from ceramic or titanium because this will prevent wear. No-stretch lines need to be paired with a lite rod otherwise the walleye will know you are there before you can sink the hook.

Anglers all have their own idea on what makes a great walleye rod. You need to find the rod that works best for your style of fishing. Go with the best quality rod you can afford that also feels right in your hand. Getting the right rod for the job is the best way to get the walleye in the boat.

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25 Inch Walleye Caught at Lake of the Woods

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Here's a 25 inch walleye caught at Lake of the Woods, Ontario. The picture is a great memento for me.

I caught it drifting. We caught it amongst some smaller ones that ended up on the dinner table.

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