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Bait Fishing: Does Sensitivity Matter

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When you guys bait fish, do you think it's worth it to get a nice rod? I don't know, I always use cheap fiberglass rods because I prefer the durability over the sensitivity. Thoughts? 

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Yes for sure. I'm not saying to spend $500 on a bait stick, but a nice graphite rod makes a difference over a fiberglass one. The tip is a lot better, the rod casts further, and if you are bait fishing and holding the rod, you'll feel more bites with a graphite rod. A good graphite rod is very durable. St Croix Triumph 10'6 MH comes to mind, or an Okuma Solaris 10-11'. Both under $200 and very good bait rods.

 

Many years ago I had a 10' Ugly Stik as my bait rod; switched to a graphite rod and have never looked back. Considerable distance casting upgrade and massive difference in sensitivity. 

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Depends. Some of the best old salt fish fiberglass rod on giant rubber band ( mono line ).  They don't spike the rod.  The theory is the more you feel the fish, the more the fish feel you.  Can't argue with results.

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I like a slow action rod for throwing bait with light weight or no weight. I can get a better cast without throwing the bait off the hook. You might get better answers if you are more specific about the weight, bait type, species targeted, and location.

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If you’re using circle hooks you’re gonna hook more fish if you spike the rod. If you feel a tap and set the hook, more likely than not you will pull the hook right outta their mouth. So I guess the answer to your question is “it depends”.

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On 10/8/2019 at 10:41 AM, coastalfreak said:

When you guys bait fish, do you think it's worth it to get a nice rod? I don't know, I always use cheap fiberglass rods because I prefer the durability over the sensitivity. Thoughts? 

If you are serious about bait fishing I would say invest in a nice rod. By nice I mean rods in the $100- upper $100 range. It will be worth it in the long run.

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On 10/8/2019 at 11:58 AM, Badtothebugs said:

I like a slow action rod for throwing bait with light weight or no weight. I can get a better cast without throwing the bait off the hook. You might get better answers if you are more specific about the weight, bait type, species targeted, and location.

The fishing I tend to do is bottom rigs with fresh dead shrimp for whatever bites. Stuff like Whiting, rays, croakers, snapper blues, trout and weakfish, etc. In the surf I use probably 1.5 or less sinkers or less and in the tidal creeks and such I use whatever as the current decides the weight. Sometimes I’ll have to go 4 oz and such and that’s reserved for my bigger rods. 

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