Best Rods for Catching Monster Bluegill
What is the best fishing rod and reel combo to use when fishing for monster bluegill? Well, that depends on the tactics you plan on using for the conditions you will encounter. Having the right tool for the job always makes the job easier to do. The average bluegill angler can get away with having from 1-3 rods on hand to fit most conditions encountered. This number may increase if you are in an area with very diverse and changing conditions.
The medium length rod, 6-8 feet, is the heart and soul of bluegill fishing and sometimes serves as the all in one for a bluegill angler. These rods are long enough to launch the lures out some distance and then control the retrieve as the lure is brought back. These rods are great for tight line jig fishing, bobber fishing and most other methods where casting is a must. Different powers and actions will give you more casting distance, control and feel of the bait. A 6.5 foot light power fast action rod is a good place to start.
Short rods, under 4.5 feet, are very useful when shore fishing in heavy trees, fishing from a dock or any other place where space is a premium. Generally these rods are ultra lights and will not cast very far so the best usage is for vertical jigging around close cover. Set the hook very aggressively with these noodles as you need all the power you can get to drive the hook home. Most people think this is the go to rod for bluegill fishing, but I have found it to be less useful than the medium length rod with slightly more power.
Long poles and rods, over 8 feet, come in very handy for gently lowering baits into the water in shallow to medium depth waters. From a boat or shore, the bluegill fisherman can place a lure into an exact target area. The angler then has complete control over the action imparted to that lure from dead still to erratic movements. This is great for super clear water where fish are spooked easily or water with heavy cover with small openings. In some states, spider rigging also utilizes these poles mounted to the front of a boat to be slow trolled while keeping the lines as far apart as possible to minimize tangles and increase coverage.
There are three rod options that will serve you well in your bluegill fishing expeditions. You may not need them all, but I bet if you give it a think you will come up with situations where at least two of these categories would make your life easier.