Given its combative and aggressive behavior, bass has grown to be one of the most appreciated and sought after species of fish, for anglers all over the world. This is the main reason for which, when it comes to fishing for bass, most professionals will try their best to find gear that will offer them the best chance at catching one.
I don’t always use a spinning rod when fishing for bass, but, there are moments when a spinning rod is handier and also more adaptable to certain situations. The tricky part about a spinning rod is not how to choose it, but how to match it with a good reel.
My personal choice of a spinning rod is one with a medium length, 6 to 7 feet the most. Of course, the dimensions can also be influenced by the fishing spot. If you are fishing from a boat, you can go for a shorter than 6 feet rod, as they will be easier to handle and maneuver, especially for a beginner. The optimal material for the blank is graphite, as it is the only one available on the market that can render a rod extremely sensitive to movement, and ensure great resistance as well. However, lately, some well-known brands have begun experimenting with blending both graphite and fiberglass into a single product. I have never tried one of those, but I would definitely see it as an optimal solution. In addition to these technical specificities, you should also be well-aware of the power and action of your rod. Generally, even less powerful instruments should be able to help you catch bass, but I would always choose a medium power rod over a light or ultra-light one.
One other characteristic that may prove essential when fishing for bass is the handle. Typically, you have to choose between a synthetic or a cork handle. Most anglers would go for the second without blinking an eye, but I believe that both of them can handle the job for which they were designed. What I consider to be the most important feature of the grip is the way it feels in your hand. So, if you are more comfortable with a foam grip, you should pick a rod fitted with this kind. A lengthy grip is the ideal choice for me, as it provides more maneuvering space, and, thus, more control over the rod, which is essential when fighting an aggressive bass. Also, you can pick a product fitted with a normal grip or a split grip, the first one being divided into two sections, for a better weight distribution. As I said, the choice is entirely yours, and you should rely on the type that you feel more at ease with.
If there is one other thing that I would like to advise novice anglers it is this: pair your rod with a matching reel. There are a multitude of spinning reels available on the market and even more opinions on which one is the best to land bass with. That is why, I advise you to buy a rod and reel pack, and only after gaining experience, start making your personal combinations.