Fishing rod powers and actions are many times confused or blurred, but JP says that it is important people understand the fundamental differences. The power of the rod is the amount of force it takes to move an object, so the bigger the fish, the heavier the cover and the heavier the bait you use – then the heavier the power of the rod your using should be. Fishing rod powers range from ultra light to double extra heavy and when choosing the right power, JP says you need to relate it to the size of fish you’re after. So, in essence, the bigger the fish the heavier the power. Next, consider the kind of cover you’re fishing in. If you’re flipping in trees, hydrilla, lily pads or wood, a heavier power rod is appropriate. However, if you happen to be fishing for small mouth in open water, JP says that a medium or medium light power will suffice.
The action of the rod is the flex found in the blank, or the taper. The faster a blank is, the less it bends down through the blank and the more it bends toward the tip. Conversely, the slower a blank is, the more it bends from the handle all the way forward. JP will explain the different actions, slow to extra fast, and how to correctly choose the right action for the style of fishing you’re doing. Once you have settled on a rod, the next thing you have to think about is a reel. Mismatched equipment is something JP sees often – an oversized reel on a lighter power rod or an ultra light reel on a heavier rod – and says it’s important you’re aware so you avoid the same situation. He’ll explain line ratings and the importance of matching the line rating of your rod to your reel. And when it comes to reels, he’ll talk about the all new Shimano Curado DC and dive into the amazing features of this brand-new reel and explain how it’s a very user friendly baitcaster, even for those who are inexperienced.
Summer time temperatures can leave bass running for cover, so how should you approach bass fishing in hot weather? JP says that cooler night time temperatures can see bigger fish moving back to shallower water for the early morning bite, but when the water temperatures start to rise they head back for deeper, colder water. At the same time, baitfish that are escaping the hot water head for these cooler waters as well. This creates a winning situation for bass as they get the cooler more comfortable water that also has plenty of feed available. JP will also discuss the thermocline and how when using electronics, you can often identify these bands of cooler water to act as an indicator for where you should be focusing your efforts.
Be sure listen in for tons of time applicable fishing tips, from JP DeRose, as well as a lesson in selecting the right gear for the species and cover you’re fishing. Also get a teaser of what’s to come on the next season of “Breaking Boundaries” on World Fishing Network. Thanks for listening, y’all!