What Rods and Reels (& How Many) Do You Need for Bank Fishing?

What Rods and Reels (& How Many) Do You Need for Bank Fishing?

If you want to know what rods and what reels you really need to go fishing from the bank, then you have landed in the perfect spot! In this article, we will go through all the information you need to know for choosing the right rods and reels.

 

You will need 3 rods and 3 reels for bank fishing. The first rod will be a 7 foot, Medium or Medium Light power, Fast Action spinning rod (8 lb monofilament or fluorocarbon), which will be paired with a 6.X:1 retrieve spinning reel (between 2,500 and 3,000 size). The second rod you will need for bank fishing is a 7 foot Medium Heavy Power, Fast Action casting rod. This rod will be paired with a 7.X:1 casting reel. The third rod you will need is a 7 foot Heavy power, Fast action casting rod. Pair it with a 7.X:1 casting reel as well. 

 

Going fishing from a bank requires you to go very light, with as little equipment as possible. With so many sizes, actions, powers and gear ratios available in rods and reels, we know it’s complicated to decide which ones you should take. That’s why we decided to write this article. We made sure to make it as useful as possible.

 

PERSON FISHING FROM A BANK

Why only 3 rods for bank fishing? Why not more (or less)?

This is just what we think you need, feel free to adapt to your needs, and keep things simple. We found that 3 rods is the sweet spot. You will be covered for all lures you might need to use and at the same time, you will be light enough to move from one spot to another without struggling. Some people claim that you can go bank fishing with only 1 rod, but we believe that you will be very limited in what you can do if you only use one rod.

 

On the other hand, more than 3 rods seems to be too much and it starts becoming impractical. At most, if you find it very necessary, you may be able to add one more rod to your bank fishing arsenal. But 3 is the sweet spot. You will be good with what we recommend in this article.

BANK FISHING RODS

How limited are you when you are bank fishing? How does that influence the gear you should carry…

When going fishing on a bank, you must go light. Just take the essentials. If you take too much gear, you will not be able to move from one spot to another with ease, and you will have a hard time deciding which gear to use for what situations. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).  You need to be at the sweet spot between being light enough to move quickly, but also have options to choose from.

 

RODS REELS GEAR FOR BANK FISHING

Take care of your rods when moving from one spot to another

When walking through the woods, watch out for trees and branches (your lines can get tangled up, the rod tips can get messed up, etc.). Make sure that the tips of your rods are facing backwards. To avoid your lines from getting tangled up, grab the line and twist the rod.

 

 

What other equipment do you need for bank fishing?

Hard baits and soft plastics. You can put them in a plastic sandwich bag and put them inside your pocket. This will be very convenient. Here are some lures you might need:

  • Soft plastic
  • Shaky heads
  • Ned rigs
  • Texas rigs
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Swim jigs
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Vibrating jigs
  • Topwater lures
  • Crankbaits
  • Larger topwater baits

It’s not limited to only these. There are more but these should give you an idea.

 

Are you limited to just these three rods and reels? Are there others that will work for bank fishing?

No. This is just a functional rod and reel system that will have you covered in most (if not, all) situations. There are others that you can also use, but remember that it’s also convenient to go light when it comes to gear and equipment. Feel free to add or remove any rods and reels according to your needs.

 

What rods do you need for bank fishing?

Let’s get into this! You will need 3 rods: 2 baitcasters and 1 spinning rod. We will give you some suggestions for each one of these rods, but it doesn’t have to be an exact match. Just make sure you follow a similar length, action and power for the rods you use.

 

Keep in mind...

These are only suggestions. Every angler is different. You might perform better with a longer or heavier power rod for a certain use. Definitely do adapt these suggestions to what works for you. If you are not sure, then this is a great starting point.

 

Rod and reel for bank fishing #1

The first rod you will need for bank fishing is a 7 ft Medium Power, Fast Action spinning rod. Pair it with a 6.X:1 spinning reel (2500-3000 size). Make sure the reel has a smooth drag system.

 

ROD AND REEL FOR BANK FISHING #1

What should you use this rod and reel for?

Use it for any type of weightless soft plastic, shaky heads, Ned rigs, lightweight Texas rigs and any other finesse technique you need.

 

Weightless soft plastics are the perfect way to get the fish that get spooked easily, so this rod is essential. When arriving to the bank, we recommend starting off with weightless plastics before using heavier stuff.

 

What rod do we recommend with these features?

WTISJ70MF Titanium Series by FX Custom Rods

TITANIUM SERIES BY FX CUSTOM RODS- RODS FOR BANK FISHING

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).

FX TITANIUM SERIES SPINNING ROD FOR BANK FISHING-

The Guide Lines

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

 

Why are we recommending the WTISJ70MF Titanium Series by FX as the best option to carry in your bank fishing rod system for rod #1?

WTISJ70MF 7'0 Medium Fast Spinning Rod TITANIUM SERIES- FX RODS- ROD FOR BANK FISHING 

Their proprietary rod blank is something huge and unique, which makes this rod stand out. Another factor of why we think this is your best option is because of the guides. The icing on the cake is the WINN Grip. This rod is simply superior in every way. When it comes to bank fishing, it serves its purpose as for rod #1.

 

 

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Rod and reel for bank fishing #2

The second rod you will need to go fishing on a bank is a 7 ft Medium Heavy Power, Fast Action casting rod. Use this one with a faster reel. Anywhere in the 7.X:1 range will work.

 

CASTING ROD AND REEL FOR BANK FISHING #2

 

What should you use this rod and reel for?

A Medium Heavy rod is a great all around rod. From worms and jigs to spinnerbaits, swim jigs and more. Use it for Texas rigs, smaller jigs, spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs, topwater lures, crankbaits, swim jigs, larger topwater baits and other non-finesse techniques.

 

This rod has enough action to do roll casts and enough backbone to control larger lures.

 

What rod do we recommend with these features?

ENOX Decoy by ALX Rods

CASTING ROD FOR BANK FISHING #2

This rod has high modulus blanks that provide a superior strength to weight ratio. Their low resin, compound material design will provide you with maximum responsiveness.

 

This rod has the perfect sized guides (MidMicro Guides). This guide size will give you longer casts because they provide excellent line control. This is because the diameter of the guides is not so big.

 

Smaller guides than the standard guide makes the rod lighter. Lighter rods are more sensitive.

 

On the other hand, they are big enough to pass leader knots.

 

They are made with stainless steel, which performs well in all environments.

ENOX DECOY FOR BANK FIHSING

Cork Grip

The ENOX Decoy uses a cork grip. This grip is a light material (remember, lightness translates into more sensitivity). It also regulates better in cold temperature and it has low damping capacity (this basically results in even more sensitivity for the rod). Here are some other advantages of cork grips:

They absorb little water.

 

They don’t compress under load. You will have a solid grip when casting.

 

They are highly resistant to abrasion. If properly taken care of, it will last long.

Why are we recommending the ENOX Decoy by ALX Rods as the best option to carry in your bank fishing rod arsenal for rod #2?

ENOX DECOY ALX RODS BANK FISHING CASTING ROD

It has superior materials. We consider it a premium rod. And for being a premium rod, its price is not high. This rod is made for you to increase the percentage of fish you land. This rod is perfect in size, action, power, line and lure weight for what you should be looking for in bank fishing rod #2. Besides this, the ENOX Decoy is a great add on to your general rod arsenal if you are a tournament angler.

 

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Rod and reel for bank fishing #3

The third rod we recommend for you to own to have a complete rod and reel system in place for bank fishing is a 7 ft Heavy Power, Fast Action casting rod.  This rod has the lowest priority of all 3 rods. If you are looking to buy one rod at a time, make this the last one you get. Pair it with a fast 7.X:1 reel. It’s important but not as much as the other 2.

 

ROD AND REEL FOR BANK FISHING #3 CASTING

 

What should you use this rod and reel for?

Use this rod for specialty techniques. This rod will be for when you run into dense vegetation and you need a lot of power on your rod to get through these situations. Use it for heavier jigs, hollow body frogs, swimbaits, worms, among others.

 

What rods do we recommend with these features?

Kodiak Macro Casting Rod by Big Bear Rods

BIG BEAR RODS- RODS FOR BANK FISHING- KODIAK MACRO

The Kodiak Macro Medium Heavy Rod features carbon fiber blanks and ceramic lines. This rod offers the ideal guide size, which is bigger than the micro guides, but smaller than the standard guides. This allows you to have great line control. On the other hand, it’s big enough to pass leader knots.

 

The blank of the Kodiak Macro is the combination of the 3 different types of high modulus carbon fiber used for the blanks. This results in very sensitive and light rod blanks.

 

It has long lasting ceramic rings that are very resistant.

 

The Grip

 

Something unique about this rod is the grip, which is made in such a way that it increases your overall rod control. This grip allows you to make long casts without sacrificing accuracy. It’s sensitive and light.

 BIG BEAR KODIAK CASTING ROD FOR BANK FISHING

The Big Bear grip is made to reduce hand and arm fatigue. You don’t have to hold the grip as tight. This reduces heavily arm fatigue. The grip of this rod also regulates itself when in cold weather by using the heat of your hand. It’s made up of big “bumps” and smaller “bumps”. Your hand will be in touch with the bigger bumps. The smaller bumps are made so that, if there is any water on the rod, it will slip through the structure of the small bumps (it forms a type of “channel”) all the way down, and it ends up dripping at the end of the rod. Your hand will almost not get wet because it’s on the bigger bumps. As a result, your casts won’t be affected in any way and the rod will not slip. 

 

The Big Bear Grip is by far more superior than any other grip.

 

The butt is comfortable enough for two handed casts, yet cushioned and rounded for hard hook sets.

  BIG BEAR GRIP- RODS FOR BANK FISHING

The Kodiak Blanks

 

The Kodiak Macro has blanks that are made of high modulus carbon fiber, resulting in superior sensitivity and lightness, with an amazing power to weight ratio. Three words describe the Kodiak’s blanks: lightness, sensitivity and durability.

 

Why are we recommending the Kodiak Micro by Big Bear Rods as the best option to carry in your bank fishing rod arsenal for rod #3?

KODIAK MACRO BY BIG BEAR RODS- CASTING ROD FOR BANK FIHSING

The grip is definitely a factor. It’s the most superior we have seen. The materials it uses and specially in relation to the cost of the rod make it a great option. The blanks and the ceramic rings are another reason why we suggest this rod. Its features serve perfectly for what you need in rod #3.

 

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Everything you need in 1 bundle- Bank Fishing Rod and Reel Bundle

 If you don’t have any of these rods and you would like to get them, we have bundled them up for you at a reasonable price. You can get the rods only or get them with their respective matching reels. You can choose the rods to be from Big Bear Rods or ALX Rods. Both are amazing brands.

 

We really hope this information has helped you out. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us or drop a comment below if you have any questions. We will get back to you as fast as possible!

 

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