Features to consider while choosing an ice fishing rod
The predominant materials in the construction of fishing rods are either, graphite, fiberglass, or both. This is the same, even in the options we have provided above. Each of these materials has characteristics unique to them.
Graphite is more sensitive and as such is a favorite among enthusiast anglers. There is also a downside to choosing graphite as it is brittle and may break if not handled correctly.
On the other end, you have fiberglass like the one provided by the Berkley Cherrywood HD Ice Fishing Spinning Rod, which is a more solid option. As such if you are a newbie to ice fishing, this is the option for you.
This is not to mean that more experienced anglers don’t buy fiberglass ice fishing rods. Sometimes they purchase them so they could go for more aggressive fish types.
There are also terms like power and action that you should be aware of as you go looking for a suitable rod. Power is the determinant that lets you know the force required to bend the rod. This is why there are various classifications, such as medium-heavy, ultra-light, and more. Ultra-light will, of course, bend quicker than ultra-heavy counterparts. On the other hand, action will predict the point on the rod where the bending will happen. If the device bends closer to the handle, then that is a slow action rod with a fast action option bending as you near the tip of your rod.
Handle and Grip
You might also note that the handle is very different in almost all models on sale. The construction material may be different, the design, and more. What you need to investigate and look into for is a handle that caters to your exact needs. Shorter handles are ideal for situations where you are not casting far off, and the type of fish you need to catch is relatively small. Bigger fish will necessitate a longer handle as you might need to hold onto the handle with both hands at some point. Cork and EVA foam are the predominant materials used in making this area.
The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ice Fishing Reel & Rod Combo is an option that provides an EVA handle. Most of the others on our list are made from cork. For some of them, you may need to employ cork sealer to ensure they last as long as the rest of the rod. Another thing you may need to look out for is whether it features a lock for your reel. This is seen in the Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 Ice Fishing Combo. Other options may require you to attach the reel by using straps.
Length and Weight
You probably won’t be casting far away, which is where longer rods excel. For ice fishing, you are probably better off with a shorter rod. Also if you encounter any fighting from the fish, a shorter gadget will help you get it under control quicker since they don’t bend much. The weight should also be a crucial factor. You will likely have to fish for hours on end, and it could be strenuous for your hands. By picking a lighter model, you lighten the load allowing you to fish for longer.
Each type of fish you encounter also requires a different kind of rod. Some species are aggressive, in addition to being big and bulky. These are more likely to fight to stay in the water as you are trying to reel them in. If the rod is flimsy at the end (which is often the case with more extended options), it is easier to break, and thus you will have lost both the rod and the catch. As such, before you go rod shopping, you should make it a point to be aware of all the fish in your preferred fishing position. Armed with such information, you are less likely to blunder on your purchase.
Price and Warranty
Most fish rods will fall under the 100 dollar price mark. However, you can get a few rods for as little as 15 dollars or as much as 80 dollars. If you pay more, you are likely to get a stronger rod and one with more features. However, even cheaper options will get the job of fishing done. It all depends on the features you place the most importance on and which ones you are willing to do without. With these things down, you will have a general idea of how much you will be required to pay. If you can afford it well and good. If you can’t, you may need to lower your expectations.
Warranty terms are also worth looking into. You should check how long the warranty lasts and what parts of the rod it covers. You should also inquire from the manufacturer if they replace the product or do refunds if a product is found to be defective.