Rod recommendation from Tom Heyer

There are a variety of different characteristics that make a Baitcaster rod. Rather hard or better softer? Two-piece, one-piece or split in the hand part? In the article I will explain my point of view.

The range of different characteristics that a Baitcaster rod describes is large. Let's start with the action, what effect does a hard or rather soft action have? A hard action sounds at first sight an advantage, because I can set the hook better at a first attempt. However, in my opinion this leads to other problems problems. By using Multibraid lines which have no stretching, attacks often result in false bites, because the bait is literally torn out of the mouth again. In addition, it often happens with big pike, when they are just in front of the boat and the lure is literally torn out of the mouth.


Explode and try to escape with all their might. A hard action is now counter productive, because on the one hand there is little line between rod and lure and on the other hand there is no buffer to counteract this because of the hard rod.

In the worst case this can lead to the loss of the fish. A softer action can on the one hand give the fish the possibility to inhale the bait deeper and at the same time cushion the head bangs and flights of the fish better in the final phase of the fight. 


Please do not misunderstand, a softer action should be equated with a full parabolic action. Rather it is about a more sensitive tip, which is however provided with a correspondingly strong backbone, in order to also set the hook cleanly and offer enough buffer during a wild escape. Furthermore, a more sensitive tip action offers another advantage, it provides a positive influence on the lure run. Due to the minimal swinging of the rod tip when cranking the lure, it is accelerated and braked to the same extent. 

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This small variation in running behaviour increases the attractiveness of the lure and leads to more bites.  The SWIMBAIT 1DFR rod was developed with these aspects in mind, on the one hand a more sensitive tip with its positive characteristics and on the other hand a powerful backbone for maximum control in the fight against the fish.

The SWIMBAIT 1DFR rod also has a more sensitive tip, which decreases with casting weight. The 50-130g model has a much softer action than the model with a casting weight of up to 170g. Common to all rods of this series is the practical and sensible division in the handle. It enables a very homogeneous power developmentover the whole rod blank, because it is not divided in the middle as usual and at the same time a transport length of 190cm is still practicable during transport. In the end every recommendation can only be subjective, because only if you are satisfied with your rod and have confidence in the equipment, success will be achieved.

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