Learn More About Casting Rods
Field & Stream carries a huge collection of casting rods from top brands like Shakespeare®, Shimano®, Quantum®, Daiwa®, St. Croix® and many more.
Shop rods specifically built for casting certain baits and lures, like spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and buzzbaits.
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At Field & Stream, you’ll find casting rods built for both freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater casting rods are built to perform in dense cover and water vegetation. Featuring the reel and guides on top, casting rods are especially effective for anglers looking to cast several hundred times during a fishing trip.
Saltwater casting rods work in conjunction with baitcasting reels, which sit on top of the rod. Together, this combo holds more line, allows for longer casts and creates a smother drag than spinning models.
Overall, casting rods are better suited to handle heavier line and baits and are the choice of most bass fishermen.
Keep “power” and “action” in mind. “Power” is a rod’s resistance to flexing. You’ll want to choose a line-test within the limits recommended for your rod; a heavy-power rod can snap light line while a heavy line can snap a light rod. Remember, power ratings vary according to the type of rod you need—a “heavy” bass rod will feel different from a “heavy” offshore rod.
Action essentially measures the flexibility of your rod—how much it bends when casting, working baits and reeling in fish. A fast-action rod bends only in the tip, a medium-action rod bends in the top half and a slow-action rod starts to bend in the lower third of the rod. Fast-action rods are great for worm and jig fishing, while medium-fast actions are ideal for casting topwater lures and spinnerbaits. The smaller the fish, the lighter the action you need and vice versa.