Favorite action for a fishing rod?

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by beaneye46, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    whats everyones favorite action? M MH H XH
    ive got one of each, and i like my medium heavy. whats every one else prefer?
     
  2. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Cody, I'm with you. I have several different action rods, but my prefered action is the medium/heavy. They are limber enough at the tip to see the smallest of light bites, but stiff enough in the back to haul in the hogs. I think that a hard tapping fish will shy away from to stiff a rod, because it feels to much resistance. Just my two cents. Vern
     

  3. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    i agree with MH
     
  4. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    I like the M/H for Flatheads but we don't have the monsters here in Pa. like some other states where I might want the H action rod.
     
  5. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    IMO, Medium Heavy is the only way to go.
     
  6. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Med. Heavy for me too. I like a fast tip for channels and DK's med/h got a fast tip and a strong back bone.
     
  7. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    if i need bite detection i like m/h with a moderate taper.for big fish i like heavy action fast taper. which action and taper i use also depends onb the kind of water i am fishing"open water vs. water with structure.you can whip a big fish with light action and slow tapers if you get him in open water.
     
  8. balddaddy91

    balddaddy91 New Member

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    I Got To Go With M/h
     
  9. Ulizth

    Ulizth New Member

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    I love lever actions! . . . hmmmmm . . . .oh . . . in fishing rods . . .

    Mostly MH with a few heavy action rigs.
     
  10. center12

    center12 New Member

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    All depends on what I'm fishing for. If I'm fishing punch or dipbait for channel(over chum or not) I prefer an 7' ML with a moderate action. Like was mentioned above, I also believe the fish "feel" a stiff rod. Still looking for my dream punchbait rod...........really limber tip, but with enough backbone to haul channels out of timber pronto!!

    For my flathead fishing I really enjoy the M Tiger rods, the tip is limber enough to see your bait move it but the backbone will let you pressure the fish. Took me less than 3 minutes to "winch" a 50+ bluecat to the boat last year with a Tiger and a Penn 320LD.

    For cutbait on KS fish a MH composite will cover all my needs that direction.
     
  11. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    For me, the type of fishing will be the main sticking point. The MH will work for the fishing I was doing when back in MS and GA. The need for heaver gear while here is something else. The Catfishing applications will be much different in the USA than here in Europe. The rods used for lure fishing are much different as they are rated in either line weight or grams for the weight of the lures. When Lure fishing for fish that I know may be large, I have rods that are rated to 120 grams. I also have rods for light lures that are 20 grams for smaller fish. I have feeder rods that are rated to 120 grams casting weight and have caught Carp to 15lb. on them without a problem. Match the rod to the type of fishing that you are doing.

    HOPPY4
     
  12. wildman36

    wildman36 New Member

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    for channels md/hvy lightning rod pro graphite...not to stiff not to soft
     
  13. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

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    MH is what I prefer.
     
  14. catd11rnky

    catd11rnky New Member

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    medium heavy works good here in ky
     
  15. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Same old answer here also, M/H.
     
  16. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    MH does it for me
     
  17. tdpasser

    tdpasser New Member

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    With the longer rods you can have a heavy backbone with a med- med light tip. Ugly makes a 10' with a light tip and creaps down to a heavy butt. Same with Fennwick mooching rods. I love the light tip and power in the back bone.
     
  18. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I like a heavy action rod. Although it's hard to beat a good MH rod all the same.
     
  19. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    Are we talking power and calling it action? I thought action came as Extra fast,fast,medium,slow,etc.to show where the rod does most of it,s bending.I thought power was from ultra lite to X-tra heavy,and told how strong the rod was.NOW!! I have only thought like this since reading page 76 of my new "Cabela's MASTER 2006 FISHING" catalog.All my life,I thought like beaneye.Action" meant "rod strength,or stiffness" to me.I have read many things that were wrong.We have some rod builders out there that may be able to answer this question.What is ACTION and what is POWER in a rod?peewee-williams
     
  20. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    Generally I prefer medium heavy rods for casting unless I use plugs.