Bass rods have to be versatile – powerful enough to pull a fish out of structure, but sensitive enough to pick up a bite floating a light soft plastic and durable enough to cope with a few spills and thrills.
We’ve chosen our five best spinning rods to target America’s favourite sport fish to review for you below.
For those who like to cut straight to the chase, the St Croix Mojo is our pick as the best spinning rod for bass – it’s purpose-built for targeting bass and you get a quality blank, handle and guides without totally breaking the bank.
And our best value spinning rod for bass is the Fenwick HMG – another popular choice among bass fishermen and women, it has similar-grade components at a competitive price. There are cheaper options (such as the Ardent), but none are packed with this much quality and value.
Choosing a spinning rod for bass
Fishing rods come with variations in features, these variants excel at certain bait presentations, whether it’s jigs, crankbaits, jerkbaits or soft plastics – make sure you select a rod with the right specifications for the role you intend to use it for. Action, power, and rod length are all things to consider. Most spinning rods for bass tend to be fast action for the sensitivity of the tip and the ability to get a good hookset. With treble hooks or when longer casts are the norm, you might choose a medium fast rod. While all our choices are nominally fast action rods, they are all capable of distance casting and are forgiving enough to not pull a small treble out of a bass’ mouth. About 7 feet is the optimum length and we prefer two-piece rods so we can travel easily with them.
Our top bass rods broken down
|St Croix Mojo|
|7’1″||Fast||6-12lb||Premium graphite blank|
Fuji reel set
Purpose designed for bass
Limited lifetime warranty
Carbon Bound blank
|13 Fishing Omen|
|7’1″||Fast||6-12lb||Japanese Toray Graphite blank|
Stainless steel guides
|Ardent Tournament Pro||7′||Fast||6-12lb||One piece design|
Stainless steel guides
|Daiwa Tatula TAT701MFS||7||Fast||6-14lb||BRAIDING-X technology|
Top quality cork handles
Fuji Fazelite guides
St. Croix is perhaps one the the most well known companies to create fishing rods and are known for making some of the highest quality rods you can buy.
Using integrated poly curve tooling technology and premium high modulus SCIII graphite these rods are made with some of the best technologies and materials in the industry. They feature a split grip made with premium grade cork handles. Fuji DPS reel seats. 2 coats of flex seal slow cure finish epoxy. One of the greatest features isn’t a physical one, it’s the 5-year warranty back by the St. Croix Superstar Service. Mojo bass rods also feature a full array of technique specific variations depending on the fishing techniques you wish to employ with the rod. There are 10 different variants in 1 and 2 piece models to choose from.
Fenwick HMG rods have been around for decades, they were originally made from fiberglass, but now they offer them in Carbon as well. They are super strong, very rigid, while still being extremely sensitive. Featuring an excellent tip and backbone. The HMG also features Fuji line guides and a AAA corked handle, And the price quite honestly is very hard to beat. Featuring lengths from 6’ to 7’6” and fast to moderate fast actions, and ultra light to medium heavy power, they have all of their bases covered.
The most evolved and exceptional 13 fishing rod to date the Omen Black 3 features some amazing engineering. The rod blank is created using 36-ton Japanese Toray graphite blanks. And PVG (Poly Vector Graphite) technology, which aligns the graphite fibers at a micro level, creating tighter weaves and improving sensitivity while maintaining a precisely balanced fishing rod. Featuring ALPS guides with zirconium inserts, helping improve casting, and hand selected Portuguese split grip cork handles. The Omen Black 3 comes in 7 different variations from 6’7” to 7’5”, fast to extra fast tapers, and power from medium light to medium heavy.
The Ardent Tournament pro series was designed with performance and affordability in mind, while excelling at everything that competitive anglers demand. Built with the ever popular IM7 graphite blanks, these rods offer exceptional strength and sensitivity. These rods also provide anglers with a wide range of finesse techniques and applications, eliminating the needs of different variants down to two selections. The Tournament series also features golf style grips for unsurpassed comfort and stainless steel guides. The two variants of rod come at 7’ in length and have a medium and medium-heavy power to choose from.
Combining Durability with a finesse inspired design, 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 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 top quality Portugese cork handles and Fuji Fazelite tangle-free guides, this rod is sure to go above and beyond any anglers expectations. The Tatula comes in 8 model options from fast to extra fast tips, medium light to medium heavy power and lengths from 6’6” to 7’6”.
If we had to pick one out of these five rods as our best spinning rod for bass, our pick would be the St Croix Mojo bass rods. They are amazing and the price is on point for what you get out of it. And you can’t beat the warranty. St. Croix has some of the best customer service that we have dealt with in the fishing industry and in our books, customer service is a very big deal.
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 (check here for our best crankbait rods and our best swimbait rods and baitcaster combos). In terms of reel pairings, the Shimano Stradic Ci4+ is the ideal choice of reel to match with these rods if you have a bit of cash to spend!