View attachment 6427 View attachment 6428 View attachment 6429 View attachment 6430 View attachment 6427 View attachment 6428 View attachment 6429 View attachment 6430 View attachment 6427 View attachment 6428 View attachment 6430 Which jigging or popping rod is best for you? We are all different in size and weight, and so are the rods. This choice can get confusing if you let it. There are a lot of quality jigging and popping rods on the market with more on the way. There is no perfect jigging rod for all species and conditions. That means you need to buy different ones for different weight jigs and fish you are targeting. We as anglers, have to spend money to fish. Did you know that the term anglers came from ancient times. Rods pictured in stone inscriptions were called "Angles". Thus, the term "angling" is used for fishing. That's no BS. Most jigging rods are slow or parabolic. This is nice action in shorter jigging rods. Using braided line is a must in jigging so the rod needs a cushion. This cushion or slow action also helps in jig action and when wrestling with a fish. Some people like a faster action rod. Slow rods flex more towards the butt of the rod while fast action rods flex more in the tip section. Select a rod that is designed for the jig weights you are using. Water depth and current also dictates the weight of jig you will be using and your rod choice. Your rod is also a great tool when fighting a fish. Pick one that has some backbone to lift the size fish you are targeting. Fishing with a noodle stick will take you forever to bring in a fish. No body likes to watch you take forever to land your fish. You really don't want a broomstick as a real stiff rod will make you work harder. It's about balance of rod, jig and size and strength of angler. Spacing of the guides can also alter the action of a rod. As far as popping rods go, the rule of thumb is "The longer the rod, the greater the distance in casting". This is true if you are casting a lure that matches the rating of the rod. Casting light lures with a heavy rated stick is stupid. You can also snap a long light rod by loading it up with a overweight lure while casting. Once again, you need different popping rods for fish targeted and different lure weights. Most popping rods are not slow or parabolic. Most popping rods have a medium action. Popping rods are just to long for a slow action which doesn't give you and lifting power or casting distance. Casting poppers with a slow action sucks. You want your tip section to flex enough to load the rod for casting poppers. If you are a guy that rears back and pops the hell out of popper, choose a stiffer tip action. If you prefer to tossing swimbaits, choose a softer tip action. Well, I'm tired of typing. So, below I have taken some pictures of different jigging and popping rods under a load. These are some of the current rods I use. I have sold or given away rods that don't work for me. I'm sure with time, I will buy more rods as you really can't have enough fishing equipment. This should help you make a selection of a rod. I loaded up most of these rods to their max drag provided on the rod. A tripod was used and the camera never left the same spot. I used a self timer on the camera. It was hotter than hell when I took these pictures. It was 102 with a heat index of around 107. It took me a while (five hours) grabbing rod after rod and re-tying knots and changing weights. I was a dripping wet. I had to come inside and take a shower about half way as my wear was soaking wet and giving me a rash. I also made a horrible mistake by wearing crock flip flops. They aren't worth a damn when your feet are sweating like a faucet. I also fell down a couple of times while slipping in my own sweat puddle running from the camera to lift the weights. If this helps, the concrete masonry units in the background measure 8" x 16". I chose this background so one could measure the difference in rod flex if he so pleases. I'll start off with the lighter rods and work up to the heavy sticks. First is the JM 200g power spell. I probably pushed this rod over its rated capacity. It just kept wanting more weight. Nice rod. It surprised me. I bought it for snapper fishing but after testing it, I will probably use it on larger species. Length is 5'2". PE 1.5-4 200g max $400 approx.