A Casting rod is a fishing rod designed to help fishers cast baits or lures.
Casting is the act of throwing baits and hooks out over the water.
Experienced anglers sling fishing lines to do this.
They use long and flexible casting poles to manipulate the fishing lines and accurately position the baits or lures.
These rods have casting reels – also known as “bait-casters.” Hence, poles with bait-casters are also baitcasting rods.
Characteristics of Casting Rods
Casting rods come paired with casting reels. The reel seats and guides in these poles are positioned above the rod blanks.
These poles also come with small trigger grips for the users’ index fingers. They help fishers hold their reels correctly while they’re casting.
Casting rods are famous for their strength & durability. A baitcasting reel is perfectly equipped to handle fish weighing 10 pounds or more.
These poles can handle super-heavy lines. They work better with lines that come with materials that enhance their grips.
These poles are also famous for their versatility. Fishers can use reels to cast with artificial lures, live bait, and pretty much everything in between.
From saltwater bass anglers to freshwater anglers who only fish for blue catfish – baitcasting gear is for everybody.
In any scenario where the fish are big and heavy – you’ll need flexible casting rods equipped with strong reels.
Spinning Rod Definition
A spinning rod is a tool used to perform spin fishing. It’s an angling technique where spinning lures are used to lure the fish.
Spin poles can be used in both fresh & saltwater bodies.
They’re called “spinning” rods because these poles are equipped with spinning reels.
Anyone can use a spinning reel – even amateurs.
Spinning reels and poles are very user-friendly.
Even when you use a technique where several casts are required and you need a consistent, straightforward approach – spinning reels won’t disappoint you.
These poles vary in length, size, and design.
From ultralight graphite poles to heavy-duty fiberglass boat poles – you can find all types of spinning gear.
Characteristics of Spinning Rods
Spinning reels are located under the rod. The rod guides in these poles are faced downwards – not upwards like casting poles.
Unlike casting rods, these poles may not be able to handle the force that huge, aggressive fish place on them. But, there are long, strong, and heavy-action spin poles with elongated grip handles that can handle these heavy forces.
Medium-heavy action spinning poles (6 feet to 7 feet in length) are the most commonly used poles for bass fishing. Most anglers use these poles because they’re ideal for applying finesse bass fishing tactics.
The guides on spinning poles are big. They’re tapered towards the end sections of the poles because the lines may come off spinning reels in large loops/coils. The tapered guides cut down the sizes of the coils/loops and straighten the lines.
For saltwater fishing (e.g., steelhead or salmon fishing) long, heavy-action spin poles are the best. These poles typically come with elongated grip handles.
Amateur fishers who perform two-handed casting to attract saltwater fish prefer using long, heavy-action spin poles.