Baitcasting rods and bass fishing go together like cheese and crackers.
Sure, some people prefer spinning rods for bass fishing, but for most of us, a baitcasting set up is the way to go.
To cut straight the chase, our best baitcasting for rod bass is the Daiwa Tatula because of the combination of quality and price.
Read on for more on how we judged these rods in the rest of this review.
The baitcasting rods for bass that we reviewed:
- St Croix Bass X
- Lew’s Custom Lite HM85
- Fenwick Elite Tech Casting
- Daiwa Tatula Casting
- KastKing Speed Demon Pro Tournament
Best baitcasting rods for bass broken down:
|St Croix Bass X Rod||6’8” to 7’11”||Moderate to extra fast||Fuji ECS reel seat|
Premium grade cork handles
|Lew’s Custom Lite HM85 Rod||6’8 to 7’11”||Moderate to extra fast||Top grade 85 million modulus graphite|
Great grips and reel seat
|St. Croix Mojo Bass Casting Rods||6’8” to 7’11”||Moderate to extra fast||SCII blanks and IPC tooling technology|
Stellar warranty and customer service
|Fenwick Elite Tech Casting series||6’6” to 7’11”||Moderate to extra fast||Hidden handle design reel seat|
Titanium frame guides
|Daiwa Tatula Casting series||6’9” to 7’6”||Moderate to extra fast||X45 SVF graphite Blanks|
BRAIDING-X carbon fiber braiding technology
Fuji guides and premium cork handles
|KastKing Speed Demon Pro Tournament Series||6’10 to 8’||Moderate to fast||Elite carbon blanks that utilize carbon nanotube resins|
Custom Winn handles and grips
Best baitcasting rods for bass reviewed
The St. Croix Bass X line of rods has shown what a rod is truly capable of while coming in at a very affordable price point in the 100 dollar range. Featuring a Fuji ECS reel seat, split grips, and premium grade cork handles, These rods feature the comfort and quality components of more expensive rods at a more affordable price. Not to mention the quality SCII graphite blanks and aluminum oxide guides. The rod line features 7 different variants for all bass angling needs and presentations, from 6’8” to 7’11” and actions from moderate to extra fast. As with all St. Croix products, they have a stellar warranty and customer service that really goes above and beyond to help out their customers.
Lew’s Custom Lite rods offer some of the most advanced features in angling today. The rod blanks are made from top grade 85 million modulus graphite creating a perfect combination of strength and sensitivity while maintaining lightweight construction. Featuring multi-layered blanks giving it superior durability and titanium oxide guide inserts. Lew also features their own reel seats, the soft touch skeletal reel seats have zero sharp edges and prevents hands and fingers from getting sore. The Custom Lite also features split grips with Winn advanced polymer similar to tennis racket handles for ultimate grip in any weather conditions. The Lew’s custom Lite HM85 rod is also very affordable for its features, and comes in 6 different variants from 6’8” to 7’11” and actions from medium light to Extra Heavy, they even include suggestions for best tactics per rod type.
The Fenwick Elite Tech features a hidden handle design reel seat that allows for maximum comfort and function. You won’t feel the thread on your fingers all day with this one of a kind reel seat, and there isn’t anything quite like it on the market. In addition to that amazing feature, the Elite Tech rods have titanium frame guides that are essentially bulletproof and keep the overall rod extremely lightweight. Not to mention the EVA and TAC grips that work in virtually any weather conditions, even while wet. The Elite Tech has perfected actions that are specifically designed for bass angling, with 11 different variants to choose from, featuring lengths from 6’6” to 7’11” and powers from medium to Extra heavy.
The Tatula design employs a range of advanced Manufacturing techniques and technologies. Using superior materials allows Daiwa to produce a rod with exceptional sensitivity without sacrificing strength. The Tatula features X45 SVF graphite Blanks with BRAIDING-X carbon fiber braiding technology which increases strength and drastically reduces issues such as blank twisting, giving the Tatula an excellent blend of responsiveness and power. Featuring Fuji K series guides, this rod is sure to go above and beyond any anglers expectations. All Tatula rods come with a slick black and graphite finish and Grade A quality Portuguese cork handles. The Tatula comes in 6 different variants, from 6’9” to 7’6” and powers from medium light to Heavy. Daiwa also offers an extremely affordable price when comparing the features to more expensive offerings.
Featuring SCII blanks and IPC tooling technology, The Mojo Bass series of rods are extremely balanced as well as sensitive, while coming in at 15% lighter than their predecessor St. Croix offering. These rods feature stunning features and technology at an amazing price point. All rods come with 2 coats of flex coat, split-grip handles, premium grade cork and a Kigan hook keeper. With 10 different variants from 6’8” to 7’11” and powers from medium to heavy, you will have no issues finding a rod that’s suited to any type of lure presentation. And as with all St. Croix products, they have a stellar warranty and customer service that really goes above and beyond to help out their customers.
KastKing is one of the new kids on the block in terms of fishing companies, but it didn’t take very long to make their products stand out. The speed demon uses industry leading elite carbon blanks that utilize carbon nanotube resins, this process increases strength, reduces weight, and provides amazing sensitivity. Not surprisingly the Speed demon also features Fuji reel seats and guides, as well as Custom Winn handles and grips that will work in any conditions. The Kastking Speed demon also comes in a whopping 14 different variants from 6’10” to 8’ and powers from medium light to extra heavy, including 5 Crankbait specific variants and are suited to all fishing applications from chatterbaits to dropshot fishing.
Important Rod Specifications
While some fishermen and women like a spinning rod (see here for our top choices) and spinning reel for bass fishing, baitcasting set-ups are the predominant style of rods used when chasing this species.
There are a variety of baitcasting rods on the market that specialized in various presentations and lures they are meant to be used with. There are also rods that work great for almost all applications, whether you’re flipping jigs under a dock to running crankbaits off of deep rock piles, there are a plethora of companies out there featuring rods that excel at presenting lures. But not all baitcasting rods are created equally, as we have explained.
Fishing rods come with variations in features, these variants excel at certain bait presentations, whether it’s jigs, soft plastics, crankbaits, jerkbaits, etc. make sure you select a rod with the right specifications for the role you intend to use it for. In most cases one rod can work well in the vast majority of fishing applications, but action, power, and rod length are all things to consider.
Generally length and actions are the most important considerations in regard to presenting a specific lure type effectively:
- For spinnerbaits a good rod would be around 6’6 to 7 feet in length with a fast action and medium heavy power.
- For jigging a heavy rod with a fast action in 7 to 7.5 feet is an excellent choice, fishing jigs in heavy cover is where the heavy action shines and comes into play when wrestling big fish out of the jungle of vegetation.
- Crankbait rods – including baitcasting rods – are generally made from fiberglass and not carbon like other types, this gives you a lot of flex and bend when you set the hook, creating a softer hookset which is important when using crankbaits so the small treble hooks do not dislodge causing you to lose a fish.
You can get even more specific with other tactics like topwater and drop shotting as well. There are rods created specifically for every tactic in fishing.
If we had to pick one out of these six baitcasting rods to take out fishing, our pick would be the Daiwa Tatula series.
Pair this rod with one of the best baitcasting reels for bass and a top quality mono or flouro line and you have a great outfit. Better still, spool it with our top rated braided line for casting performance and abrasion resistance (click here for all the basic knots required to get your baitcasting combo set up).
The other rods mentioned are also amazing and bring different features to the table. At the end of the day pick what best fits you, your style of fishing, and what tactics you want to employ with it. For those who are looking for a rod and reel, please check out our best baitcaster combos article.