Ice Fishing Basics : Selecting an Ice Fishing Jig Rod

Ice Fishing Basics : Selecting an Ice Fishing Jig Rod


Let’s talk now about how to select a jig rod.
There’s many different varieties out there. They all come down, at their most basic, to
having a handle and a reel seat, so you can attach your reel to it. Then simply, the more
sensitive end of the rod, along with rod eyelets. You can buy these jig rods. It’s a combination
that come with both the rod and the reel or you can buy the rod and the reel separately.
Ultimately, what you want to do is match the size rod and the action of the rod, to the
fish species that you’re fishing for. For example, if I were fishing for lake trout
or bass or larger fish, such as that, I would want a rod that wasn’t very flexible. I would
want one even stiffer than this, that didn’t have this give, because when you need to set
that hook on a bigger fish or at greater depths, you want stoutness of that rod to work in
your advantage. However, when you’re fishing for perch or sunfish, you want a rod with
lighter action that bends, almost at the drop of a hat. It’s very sensitive because the
pan fish are very light biters so you want a sensitive rod tip, to feel that bite and
also to cushion that fish as it comes up. Typically, with pan fish, you’re fishing with
very light line, maybe two or four pound test monofilament. That rod, again, is working
to your advantage.

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