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Popular Walleye Fishing Rods Reviewed

Dec 14, 2007
One of the most vital pieces of fishing equipment you will ever own is your rod. Choosing one is a matter of personal preference. When it comes to walleye fishing, look for a rod that is fast acting. In terms of size, the rod should fall between six feet and six _ feet in length. The base should range somewhere between 3/8" and 5/16".

Locating a food source, taking a bite and then snatching it up takes all of about _ of a second for a walleye. This requires nothing short of a fast action rod to snap up the fish before your bait disappears. To ensure you are purchasing an effective fast action rod, snap it from side to side in the store. The rod should remain stiff with no detectable bending movement present. This stiffness leads to more sensitivity that will allow you to better navigate your line. This will have you seeking out Walleye in virtually every hiding spot along the water.

Let us look at some of the more popular walleye fishing rods to see what they have to offer.

Shimano Compre Spinning Rods

The Shimano Compre Spinning Rod series comes to life from IM-8 graphite material. The numbers fall within the ideal ranges in terms of a walleye fishing rod. In length, the rods are 6 feet, 6 inches long and maintain a line weight between 10 to 20 pounds. Lure weight comes in the range of _ ounce to 1 ounce. With an action ranking of very fast, this series of rods start at a price of $79.99. Breaking the impression of being a reel company, Shimano went the extra distance to prove critics wrong. These rods contain composite cork butt caps, gold inserts and a dark cherry finish.

Pros: Right off the bat, two of the best features for this rod series is the warranty and the price. Shimano provides anglers who purchase from this rod series an over the counter limited lifetime warranty policy. If at any time something should go wrong or the rod stops functioning all together, an angler simply visits the nearest fishing retailer carrying Shimano products to receive an immediate replacement rod. There are no gimmicks involved. No questions asked. The angler is back on the water in no time.

Where price is concerned, the $79.99 retail price for this rod series virtually cannot be beat. Another key feature of the series is the exposed blank setting. This allows an angler to reach deep lengths of structures without the hassle of hitting other structures along the way. The rod itself is fast acting which provides for quick, focused long distance casting and accurate navigation between structures.

Cons: Sensitivity in the rod related to a typical IM-8 rod. Although the Fuji reel seat offers up an aerodynamic effect and presents a perfect fit on the rod, the sensitivity provided by this layout falls just shy of other rods in the same market. Many other walleye fishing rods in the specialty rods division market provide higher levels of sensitivity in feeling line movement. Walleye fish strike a line fast and furious leaving little or no time for reaction by the angler. Therefore, the slight lack of sensitivity in this rod hinders it from being the best walleye rod on the market.

Lamiglas G1000 Graphite Spinning Rods

The Lamiglas G1000 Graphite Spinning rod series utilizes graphite material to create a lightweight, durable yet effective walleye fishing rod. In size, this series comes in at 7 feet 6 inches long with a line weight capacity of 10 to 30 pounds. Lure weight handling is anywhere from one to 8 ounces. There are a minimum of seven guides plus the tip in this rod series. In addition, the action rating is moderate fast and prices start at $210.00 retail.

Pros: The most attractive benefit to this rod series is the multi talented aspects presented in use. The stiff tip application allows for extra strength when casting into heavy currents or reeling in a large size walleye. There is tremendous capacity for casting heavy weights and lures for long distances. The extended cork handle provides the right setting to maintain control when reeling in even the biggest walleye. Another key benefit is the strength accounted for in the blank. This allows for quick loads and equally quicker retrievals. The blank feature of this rod series can handle quite a bit of weight load and still be effective in the process.

Cons: The only drawback to this walleye rod series is the lack of a Fuji reel seat. This lighter weight option allows for more ease in use. The overall design of a Fuji reel seat allows for comfortable gripping and increased stability when casting and retrieving a line. After a long day of fishing, this is a welcomed helping hand for weary anglers.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best walleye fishing information possible. Get more information on walleye fishing rods here: http://www.askwalleyefishing.com/
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