Casting Rods Explained: A Complete Guide

Baitcasting Rods Explained Feature Image

Baitcasting rods are the most popular choice of outfit for bass fishing and fishing for a range of other species.

Paired with a baitcasting reel, these outfits can be used to punch out accurate and long casts.

The ability to thumb the spool enables the angler to stop the cast making casting combos the best choice for anglers targeting structure (check this article for more on the advantages of baitcasting rods vs spinning rods).

Baitcasting Rod Parts

Daiwa Tatula casting rod product image

A baitcasting consists of the rod blank itself (either carbon fiber or fibreglass or a combo of the two), the rod guides, the reel seat and trigger, and the grip.

The grips can be cork, as in the Daiwa Tatula model picture above, or EVA foam in other models.

Baitcasting Rods Reviewed

Our team has used a wide range of baitcasting rods over the years and have carefully reviewed some of our favourite models breaking the reviews down into the best baitcasting rods for a range of purposes and fish species.

Fenwick HMG Baitcasting Casting Rod Product Image
The Fenwick HMG is one of our favourite baitcasting rods


  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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