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La Vergne Duclos Fishing Rods April 02, 2018 22:03:28
In general terms youre going to need a 7-8 foot fishing rod that is at least medium heavy power and with rod action in the moderate to fast action. Your rod blank and rod hardware should be capable of handling anywhere between 20-65 pound braided line and youre going to require a fishing reel that can support the additional torque and load of the retrieve (at least a 6:4:1 ratio). Choose a higher ratio reel for faster retrieves (like a 7:1:1) and be sure to select a reel that is nice and smooth so as not to tangle youre the individual baits in mid-air. Braided line is better designed to handle the intricacies of the Alabama Rig to include: casting retrieval hook set as well as fighting and landing your fish. Braid has less stretch is more durable and overall more responsive to the conditions you will encounter when using this particular fishing lure. Additionally using a heavier braided line will allow you to retrieve youre A-Rig in the event that you get hung up (because they are not cheap and the lure itself starts out in the $25 range and go up in price depending on the price of the lures your place on your rig).
Equally important as the length of the rod is its power. Power is a relative assessment comparing one rod against another. So we need a way to make this comparison of one rod with another. We can then decide the fly line that can be used with that rod and the reel needed to accommodate that line. Its like making sure all the pieces of the jigsaw fit. The standard way of describing this quality of power in a rod is by giving it an AFTM rating. That stands for American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association. This has long been accepted as the best way to ensure that you are matching rods reels and lines for maximum effectiveness. Its a bit like making sure that you have the right tyres for your car and that you are using the right kind of fuel - it may work OK with something else but not at full potential. We need to understand this AFTM system if we are to make sure all the pieces of equipment including the rod work together.