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What is the best rod for Texas rigging for bass?

A Texas rig works best with a medium/heavy with enough length to get a good casting distance. There are lots of different types and weights of Texas rigged lures that bass fishermen use. If you are using Texas rigged soft plastics in thick vegetation, then you might need to step up to a heavy rod. It really depends upon the fishing environments that you are fishing in.

If you like to use heavy punching Texas rigged soft plastics, then you might need to step up to a heavier rod too. Heavy baits usually require a heavy rod to fish them effectively. It is all about matching your rod to the conditions and the lure sizes that you like to fish.

I am a Bass Fishing Charter Guide on the Treasure Coast of Florida. I have been catching bass in the lakes, ponds and canals all over Florida for more than 40 years. In the article below, I will teach you everything that I know about Texas rigging for bass.

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What is the best rod length for Texas rigging?

Rod length is another important choice for maximizing your bass catching ratios when you are using a Texas rig. In general, a 7 foot rod is a great starting point for a bass angler who is focused on Texas rigs. Sure you can get a rod that is 6 foot 6 inches or 7 foot 6 inches but a 7 foot rod is a great middle of the rod length, in my opinion.

Some kayak bass fishermen like to use a smaller rod for Texas rigging. This makes sense because they are usually sitting down when they cast and the longer your rod is, the harder it is to cast. They might need a 6 foot rod to get the job done depending upon their casting abilities.

The bottom line is that you should use the rod size that you can effectively cast. The longer rods are harder to control but they will cast farther than a shorter rod will. Shorter rods are more accurate and easier to cast but do not cast as far as a longer rod will. It is up to you.

What is the best rod action for Texas rigging?

The best rod action for a Texas rigged soft plastic is a fast to moderate action rod. You will need a fast action rod if you are planning on fishing in the thick structure and vegetation. You will need a fast action rod to get a bass out of thick vegetation or submerged brush. You will also need a fast action rod if you are trying to fish dock pilings to get those bass out without getting wrapped around a dock piling.

If you are just fishing ledges and sandy bottoms or any open water scenario, then you can use a moderate/fast action rod to get the Texas rigging, bass catching done where you are.

What is the best rod strength for Texas rigging?

The rod strength or power rating for a Texas rigged rod is heavy to medium/heavy. This is again about the types of environment that you are fishing in. If you are fishing the thick stuff than you will need a heavy power rod. You need that rod not only to get your bass out of the thick stuff but also 5 pounds of weeds and brush along with it.

If you mainly fish with a Texas rig in open water, then you can get away with a medium/heavy power rod. That rod will give you the power to set the hook effectively and it will give you enough flex to get some nice long casts. You will need to cover a lot of water most of the time to maximize your bass fishing experience.

What are Texas rig bass rods made out of?

The best rods are made out of graphite these days. Graphite is lighter and stiffer than a fiberglass rod but they are more apt to break than a fiberglass rod will. There are pros and cons of each kind of rod but both will work just fine when you are using a Texas rig to get on some big bass where you live.

Casting a graphite rod all day is a heck of a lot easier than a fiberglass rod out on the water. The graphite rod would be my choice if I am planning on casting a Texas rig all day long. A fiberglass rod is more affordable than a graphite rod is. We will cover the costs of a good rod for pitching a Texas rigs all day in the next paragraph.

How much do Texas rig bass rods cost?

You can expect to pay at least $60 for a good bass rod for fishing with a Texas rig. The top of the line bass rods will cost you around $200. In my opinion, those prices are not warranted. The most expensive rod that I have ever owned cost less than $100. I have caught everything from 150 pound sharks down to 1/2 pound bass with sub $100 fishing rods.

Do not buy into the hype about those expensive rods. You do not need to pay a ton of money for a good fishing rod. Try to target a rod that will work for your specific needs that costs somewhere between $60 and $100. You will catch a ton of fish and still have money left over to blow it all on your tackle.

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