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Bass Fishing 6 Rod System (You Must Have These 6 Rods)

Bass Fishing 6 Rod System (You Must Have These 6 Rods)

If you are confused about what bass rods you need and you are looking for some orientation, you came to the perfect spot! All anglers have gone through this dilemma. What rods and reels do I really need? What rod should I get next? I was recently in the same situation you are in, so I dove into the web and did my research. The rods I will present in this article are, in my opinion, the ones that will have you covered in most situations.


This bass fishing rod system consists of these 6 rods:

Rod Features Purpose of the rod
Between 7' and 7’6” Heavy Power, Fast Action, Casting Flipping, Pitching, Punching, Frogging, Jigging
Between 6'6" and 7' Medium Power, Fast Action, Casting Topwaters, Jerkbaits
7’ Medium Power, Moderate Action, Casting Crankbaits
Between 7' and 7’6" Medium-Heavy Power, Fast Action, Casting Carolina Rigs, Jigs, Texas Rigs
7’ Medium-Heavy Power, Moderate Action, Casting Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits and Swim Jigs
Between 6'7" and 7' Medium Power, Fast Action, Spinning
    Shakey Heads, Drop Shots, Lightweight Plastics (most finesse techniques)


    I decided to add a small bonus to this article. Besides giving you the rod features, I thought it would be a good idea to give personal recommendations for each one of them. If you are looking into getting your first rods for bass fishing, these suggestions will be a great starting point.

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    How did I come up with these 6 rods?

    I did some research online and looked at different options. Some anglers talk about 3 rods, and other anglers talk about 5 rods. I thought 6 rods is the most complete without overwhelming yourself with too many rods, but do feel free to modify it to your needs. There are many factors that could define what rods you need. 


    These rods are only suggestions...

    It's important to emphasize that these rods are only suggestions. The length and power of the rod for a specific use may vary from person to person, so feel free to adapt this information. With that being said, these 6 rods are used as a complete system by experienced anglers, like the ones previously mentioned. 


    Although I feature specific models and brands which, in my opinion, are the best fit, feel free to choose the brand/model of your preference. 


    Once you have a functional bass fishing rod system in place and become a better angler, you are probably wondering how to go about getting new rods. On one side, you see tournament anglers in their bass boats with 16+ rods. But on the other side, you also see other anglers with 2 or 3 rods, and they do just fine. So, what should you do? 


    If you are really getting into the sport and you are even planning on going to tournaments, slowly go adding technique-specific rods and go building your arsenal. On the other hand, if you are a weekend angler, or you just plan to go fishing occasionally, then you don't need any other rods besides these ones. You might even be ok with less than 6. Some anglers do just fine with only 3 rods. It varies a lot from person to person.


    Here is what is important: think about the techniques, not about the number of rods. Whatever you get, you have to be able to cover all the techniques and baits we mentioned in the table above. If you can cover those with 3 or 4 rods, then go for it. For me personally, these 6 rods were the perfect way to start, and it has worked for many beginners as well. I do think 6 rods is the sweet spot.


    If you want to buy some of these rods from a different brand at another store, you can have peace of mind knowing that the length, power and action of the rod don't have to be an exact match. "Close enough" will do it.


    With that being said, let’s get into it. There are going to be 5 casting rods and 1 spinning rod:


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    The first rod for this bass fishing rod system is going to be a between a 7' and 7’6” Heavy Power, Fast Action Casting Rod. You are going to use it for flipping, pitching, punching, and frogging.

    • Between 7' and 7’6” Heavy, Fast, Casting


    What reel should you pair it with?

    Pair it with a 7.X:1 gear ratio reel. The Apex Grand by Ardent is the perfect fit for this.


    Our rod suggestion: 

    Kodiak Macro by Big Bear Rods


    Big Bear Rods is a great option where you will get a lot more than what you are paying for, the quality of these rods is just incredible and the price is very reasonable. Here are some features that make these rods unique:


    The Grip

    The grip is designed so you can increase your control over the rod. It is made in such a way that it allows you to make longer casts with increased accuracy and more powerfull hooksets without sacrificing sensitivity or making the rod heavier.


    The Blank

    Using 3 types of different types of high modulus carbon fiber. You are going to have very light and sensitive blanks with incredible power to weight ratio.


    The Reel Seats

    They are designed to provide you maximum blank exposure and sensitivity. It uses tournament proven 100% graphite seats so your reel will never slip. It’s also very light.



    • Length: 7’3”  
    • Power: Heavy
    • Action: Fast






    The second rod you will need for a functional bass fishing rod system will be between 6’9” and 7' Medium Power, Extra Fast Action Casting Rod. This one is going to be for your topwaters and jerkbaits.


    • Between 6'6" and 7' Medium Power, Fast Action, Casting


    What reel should you pair it with?

    Pair it with a 6.X:1 gear ratio reel. I like the Perseus by Piscifun baitcasting reel for this one.


    This rod is the perfect match:


    ZOLO Jerkbait by ALX Rods


    This rod gives an amazing platform for presenting jerkbaits from 90 to 130 sizes. The short handle and in general, the length of the rod will prevent you to hit the deck or slap your forearm while working a bait. The rod has an 80/20 tip which will allow you to work a bait without big and exhausting strokes.



    • Line: 8 – 18#
    • Lure: 3/8 – 3/4 oz
    • Length: 6’9″
    • Power: Medium +
    • Action: Fast





    The third must-have bass fishing rod is a 7’ Medium Heavy Power, Moderate Action Casting Rod. You are going to use this one for your crankbaits.

    • 7’ Medium Power, Moderate Action, Casting


    What reel should you pair it with?

    Pair it with a 5.X:1 gear ratio reel. The Torrent by Piscifun baitcasting reel is a great option I recommend.


    This is our rod suggestion for you:


    WCB71MMF GEN 3 Cranking Blended Graphite by FX


    If you had to describe this rod with 3 words, they would be quality, precision and performance. This rod is light, sensitive and strong. It’s worth noting that the Titanium Series also made it to our Best Medium Heavy Casting Rods list.


    About the rod blank

    One of the most unique things about this rod is the blank. The blank is manufactured by FX Rods themselves. This makes them unique, and they are also patented. The material that they are made with (Japanese Toray Fabric) provides you with a very lightweight, sensitive and durable rod. Most rod brands typically bulk buy rod blanks and then they rebrand them.


    The Reel Seat

    It’s made with only graphite. It has a pass through design that allows your finger to be in direct contact with the blank so you can have greater control. This will also allow you to feel more bites (enhanced sensitivity).


    The Guide Lines

    It has Fuji K-Frame Corrosion Control, which are one of the best ones on the market (and they are exclusive to FX Rods). These guides are 7 times more resistant to corrosion than regular stainless steel. Huge plus for this rod.


    WINN Grip

    This rod has a Winn grip. Winn technology provides tackiness to the grip, even when there is water involved and/or the weather is cold. This grip will reduce arm fatigue when holding the rod and increases rod control. Winn grip is one of the best options out there.



    • Power Rating: 182g
    *Weight required to deflect rod tip 16 inches.
    • Line Rating: 8 - 12 lbs
    • Lure Rating: 3/16 - 5/8 oz




    The fourth rod for bass fishing you have to have is anywhere between 7’ and 7'6" Medium Heavy Power, Moderate or Fast Action Casting Rod. The purpose of this rod is for Texas Rigs and Jigs.

    • Between 7' and 7’6" Medium Heavy Power, Fast Action, Casting


    What reel should you pair it with?

     Pair it with a 6.X:1 gear ratio reel. The Apex Grand by Ardent is the perfect fit for this.


    I recommend this rod:


    ZOLO Deputy by ALX Rods Casting Rod


    Generally speaking, a Medium Heavy Fast Action rod is the perfect all- around rod. But besides that, this rod will be perfect your Texas Rigs and Jigs. It’s a key piece of this system.



    • Line: 10 - 18#
    • Lure: 1/4 - 1 oz
    • Length: 7'1"
    • Power: Medium Heavy
    • Action: Fast
    • Average Rod Weight: 4.3 oz
    • Handle Length: 10" (End of butt to back of reel seat)
    • Number of Guides: 10





    The fifth rod for bass fishing you will need is a 7’ Medium Heavy Power, Moderate or ModFast Action Casting Rod. This rod will be for your Spinnerbaits, vibrating and swimming jigs.

    • 7’ Medium Heavy Power, Moderate Action, Casting


    What reel should you pair it with?

    Pair it with a 6.X:1 gear ratio reel. The Apex Elite by Ardent is the perfect fit for this.


    This is our rod suggestion for you:



    If you are looking for a rod that is extraordinarily strong, and at the same time, sensitive and accurate, the Vexan Bass Pro is something you should look into. Something worth noticing is that it has a very good backbone without sacrificing sensitivity. The backbone these rods have is indestructible and the tips are flexible and sensitive.


    This rod will be the perfect fit for your Spinnerbaits, Vibrating and Swim Jigs.






      The sixth and last rod you should have in your arsenal is between 6'7" and 7’ Medium Power Fast Action Spinning Rod. It’s going to be for shaky heads, drop shots, lightweight plastics or light jerkbaits and topwaters. This will be for your finesse techniques.

      • Between 6'7" and 7' Medium Power, Fast Action, Spinning


      What reel should you pair it with?

      Pair it with a 5.X:1 gear ratio reel (3000 size). The 5.2:1 Flame Spinning Reel Size 3000 by Piscifun is the perfect fit for this.


      Our rod suggestion for you: 

      Kodiak Spinning by Big Bear Rods


      This rod has upgraded line guides and blanks. It uses many types of high modulus carbon fiber and a small amount of fiberglass that ends up in an extremely light and sensitive blank. Its ceramic rings are incredibly hard and durable. It is designed to handle all super lines and saltwater.



      • 7’
      • Medium Power
      • Fast Action



      Some of the basics...


      Parts Of A Rod

      Before we get into what bass fishing rods are absolutely essential for any angler, let’s get into some details of what are the parts of a rod and what variants and different materials these can have.


      Types Of Grip

      There are two types of grip: once piece vs split grip. As a side note, there is no good or bad one, it’s just a matter of personal preference.


      One Piece Grip

      • It's ideal for bigger fish.
      • It’s a better option if you are using both hands to hold and/or cast the rod, it will give you more leverage and power.
      • You will find it more often on heavier weight rods.


      Split Grip

      • It’s the most common one.
      • It makes the rod lighter and it gives it a better balance.
      • It reduces the price of the rod, making it more affordable (doesn’t mean it reduces quality).
      • Makes the rod visually aesthetic.



      Types of grip materials

      There are two types of materials. Eva Foam Grip and cork grip. Basically, one performs better but the other one lasts much longer and is much more resistant. Let’s get into it in more detail:


      EVA Foam Grip

      • Also known as Duplon.
      • It's a less-pricey material, which impacts on the final price of the rod, making it more affordable.
      • It lasts longer and it’s much more resistant (great if you are planning on putting the rod in a rod holder for long periods of time).
      • They are easier to clean. You can use detergent on them without damaging them.


      Cork Grip

      • It’s lighter.
      • They are less cold when touching if you are in cold weather.
      • They have lower damping capacity. This translates in better vibration transmission AKA more sensitivity. They are 3 times more sensitive.
      • It’s less slippery.


      In conclusion, if you are willing to put some extra effort into taking care of your rod, go for the cork handle.



      A fishing blank is, in a simplified way, the rod part excluding the grip, handle, reel seat, etc.


      There are 2 different materials that they can be built with:  graphite and fiberglass (or a combination of both)


      Graphite Rod Blanks

      This material provides lightness and hardness, delivering a very sensitive rod, which is great for smaller fish. The downside of this material is that it can be broken more easily if not treated correctly.


      There is a term called “modulus”, which you will often hear. It basically refers to the level of hardness of the graphite that was used to build the blank. High modulus = high stiffness/hardness.


      Fiberglass Rod Blanks

      They are very thick. This means that it will give you much less sensitivity but will provide a lot more strength, hardness, and durability to your rod (it will be harder for it to break). This is great for larger fish.


      Composite Rod Blanks (Fiberglass + Graphite)

      This is where it’s at. The combination of both of these materials is perfect to give the rod the sensitivity and strength ratio that it needs, depending on what lure the rod is made for. Most bass rods fall into this category.


      Rod Guides

      Their primary function is to guide the line down the shaft of the rod when you are casting. It also supports the line on the rod to evenly distribute the stress.


      Power of the rod

      The power of a rod simply refers to the amount of force that it takes for the rod to bend/flex. In other words, you could say that it refers to how stiff or flexible a rod is. This leads to 3 very important things:


      1. The heavier the lure is, the heavier the power of your rod has to be.
      2. Lighter lines have to go with lighter power rods.
      3. The heavier the cover or the denser the vegetation is where you are fishing, the heavier the power of the rod is going to have to be.


      You will usually find these options when it comes to Power: Extra Heavy, Heavy, Medium Heavy, Medium, Medium Light, Light, Ultra Light. You can also find heavier rods (XX Heavy and even more!), but those usually are for larger fish and/or deep-sea rods. Here is an infographic of how the rod (represented by the lines) behave and bend in relation to the Power:

      Power Of A Rod Infographic- Bass Fishing Rods

      *Image taken from Big Bear Rods. 3/4 Heavy and 3/4 Medium Powers are exclusive to Big Bear Rods


      Action of the rod

      The action of the rod refers to how close to the tip the rod is going to bend. The faster the action, the closer to the tip the bend will be.



      These are the resources I looked into when gathering this information: 

      I hope I helped you out at least a little bit with this article. My goal will always be to help you become a better angler.  


      If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch or leave a comment! 


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