If you are a coarse fishing enthusiast, you’ll have to admit that one of the biggest conundrums of going about this business is selecting the right rod.

You’ll come across a hundred different rods in many tackle shops and you’ll be daunted by how much choice there is. It can be quite a bewildering experience if you aren’t very well acquainted with these fishing rods. So first and foremost, it is most important to know the difference between the types of rods. In this article, these rods will be simplified down to four different specific types.

Match Rod

The first one is a standard Match Rod. It is considered to be the universal rod for float fishing on any type of water from still water lakes to fast flowing rivers. The length is also an important factor. The shortest length would be about ten feet up to as long as thirteen to fifteen feet. The length of the rod will help dictate how far out you’re fishing, the longer the rod, the further out you are able to cast.

Feeder Rods

The second rod is called the Feeder Rod. They are mainly designed for swim feeder fishing. It is quite easy to distinguish this kind of rod from the rest, the giveaway is the softer, more flexible section right at the top call the quiver tip. Most rod makers provide extra tips with varying thicknesses which will dictate how sensitive the quiver tip is, if you’re fishing for a large fish, you’ll need a less sensitive and stiffer tips. Also, if it is too windy, a soft tip would be badly affected and rendered ineffective. This is why Feeder rod providers supply at least two spare tips.

Predator Rod

The Predator Rod has become really popular over the years. It is an extremely versatile rod and you can use it for both float fishing and ledgering purposes. Used for mainly targeting bigger predators such as pike and zander it tends to be heavier and more powerful giving the angler the ability to play larger fish.

Carp Rod

The last one is a more specialized rod. It is called a Carp Rod. This is meant for people who are targeting bigger fish and waiting for a bite. The rod is heavier compared to the other three types of rods discussed in the article. You have to hold the rod all day though. They can weigh up to as much as three and a half pounds to meet heavy fishing needs. But for average usage, a carp rod weighing two pounds is generally used. You don’t want the rod to be too heavy but just about powerful enough to hold on to a big fish and pull it out.