Fishing can be a fun casual hobby, but if you want to take it to the next level and get more serious, then you need to invest in a good baitcasting rod.
Baitcasting rods are what let you catch the tougher, more impressive fish like bass. However, this raises the question of what the best baitcasting rod is. That is what we are here to find out.
In this article, we are going to review five different baitcasting rods and tell you what is good and what is bad about them. If you want to skip all that, we recommend buying the Entsport E Series – Rattlesnake 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Baitcasting Rod 2019
Best Baitcasting Rod Reviews:
Entsport E Series – Sirius Rod Second Generation Sirius 2-Piece 7-Feet Blue Casting Rod
For the first entry on our best baitcasting rod review list, we are going to be reviewing the Entsport E Series – Sirius Rod Second Generation Sirius 2-Piece 7-Feet Blue Casting Rod. This is a solid, versatile, affordable, and just all-around great baitcasting rod. This rod should appeal to both newcomers and to veteran baitcasters.
Before we get too far into the review, we should mention that this is a two-piece rod (if you couldn’t already tell from the product name). This makes it a really great baitcasting rod to take on road trips since you can easily break it down and store it. Then just put it back together when you want to use it again.
Usually, two-piece rods have a reputation for being less durable and less sturdy than one-piece rods. However, that is not the case with the Entsport E Series – Sirius Rod. It definitely feels solid and well-built. It has a very well-made carbon fiber frame, alongside carbon blanks. The end result of this is a baitcasting rod that is both lightweight and strong.
Other aspects of this rod are extremely well-made as well. For example, it has very high-quality stainless-steel guides (7 in total) for guiding the line through. Adding onto that, it also comes with a stainless-steel reel seat.
Next, let’s discuss the handle on this rod. Getting a good handle is always important when shopping for a baitcasting rod and the Entsport has a good one. It comes with a high-density EVA foam handle that is soft and comfortable, while still letting you get a firm grip on the baitcasting rod.
Now, given all of the positive things that we have said about the Entsport and given the fact that it is appearing on our best baitcasting rod review list, you probably assume that the rod is quite pricey, but you would be wrong. The Entsport E Series – Sirius Rod is actually one of the more affordable options on this list.
The only real issue that you may have with this rod is longevity. Less expensive rods like this one just aren’t built for extremely long-term use. Still, give the low-price, getting a few years of heavy use out of it is pretty good.
- Two-piece rod that is easier to transport.
- Lightweight and durable carbon fiber frame.
- Comfortable EVA foam handle.
- Stainless-steel guides and reel seat offer great performance and durability.
- Good for amateurs and veterans alike.
- May not last all that long depending on how often you fish.
Falcon Rods HD Casting Rod
Next up on our best baitcasting rod review list, we are taking a look at the Falcon Rods HD Casting Rod. This is a very simple, but yet sturdy and reliable baitcasting rod. It also happens to be a one-piece rod, so those of you who don’t like two-piece rods can pick up this one instead.
Like many of the other high-quality rods on this list, the Falcon Rods HD Casting Rod is made from very high-quality carbon fiber. Accompanying this are equally well-made graphite blanks. Rounding it out are extremely good guides from Fuji, a company that makes a lot of really amazing fishing products. The end result of all this is that you end up with a baitcasting rod that is very durable and well-made.
There really isn’t any other way to describe it, the rod is just really solid all-around. This isn’t a super expensive baitcasting rod, but it is a bit pricier than some other entries on this list, so it is nice that the quality of the baitcasting rod matches the price.
The handle is made using all-natural cork. As we will discuss later on in our buying guide, this is really good because cork (specifically all-natural cork) is arguably the best material that you can make a handle out of. The handle on the Falcon Rods HD Casting Rod is very comfortable, it lets you get a good grip on the rod, and it doesn’t decline in quality if it gets wet. What more could you really want from a grip?
One feature of this rod that needs to be mentioned is the fact that there are a variety of different sizes and power levels to choose from. The last entry on our best baitcasting rod list (the Entsport) only came in one power level and one size option. Falcon Rods, on the other hand, gives you a ton of choice. You can pick a 6-inch heavy rod, a 7-inch medium rod, and so on. The choice is entirely up to you.
The only issue holding this rod back is that it is a bit on the heavier side. This isn’t even necessarily a bad thing per se, as some might like a heavier baitcasting rod, but it is something worth noting.
- Extremely well-crafted in all aspects.
- Great, all-natural cork handle.
- Lots of size and power combos to pick from.
- One-piece rod, so no need to break it down when you are done.
- A bit on the heavy side.
Entsport E Series – Rattlesnake 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod
For the next review on this list, we have yet another entry from Entsport (who was also the maker of the first product to be reviewed on this best baitcasting rod review list). This is an extremely high-quality rod that is clearly designed for experienced baitcasters, as you will see in this review.
This is a two-piece rod, so it can be broken down quite easily for transport. However, the most notable and unique feature of this rod is the interchangeable tips. Rather than having to buy different strength rods, you can just swap out the front of the rod.
The Entsport comes with three different strength tips. You get a medium light, medium and medium heavy tip. So, if you want to change the power level of your rod, rather than having to buy a new rod entirely, you just have to switch out the tip. This is an extremely unique feature and a big part of the reason why this is being named our best baitcasting rod.
However, the changeable tips isn’t the only thing that this rod has going for it. It also has an extremely high-quality graphite frame. A very well-made reel seat. An all-natural cork handle (we have already said why this is good in another review). And finally, a great guide system.
- Carbon fiber frame.
- Good cork handle.
- High-quality reel and guide.
- Changeable tips can change the power level of the rod.
- Changeable tips might be a bit too complex for beginners.
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods
If you know anything about fishing, then you should not be surprised to see at least one KastKing product appearing on our best baitcasting rod review list. They make extremely good rods and this one is no exception to that rule.
There are a ton of good things that can be said about these rods (you get two for the price of one). Every aspect of the rod, from the guide to the frame to the reel seat is exceptionally well-made. The grips are made using comfortable EVA foam and the O-rings are made by Fuji. You can’t find a single fault with the craftsmanship of these rods.
Probably the most unique feature of these rods is the presence of the KastKing PTS (Power Transition System). This helps to ensure that every cast is smooth and that the power is transferred through the rod easily.
- Two rods for the price of one.
- Backed up by high-quality brand name.
- Exceptionally well-made in every aspect.
- KastKing PTS (Power Transition System).
- Could afford to be more durable.
Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Rod
We are ending off our best baitcasting rod review list with another affordable, two-piece rod (much like how we began it). If you are new to baitcasting and you just want a good quality, yet still budget-friendly rod, then the Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Rod might be the rod for you.
As we mentioned in the introduction, the Piscifun is a very budget friendly rod. It is roughly on par price-wise with the Entsport E Series rod that we reviewed at the start of the list (which was also very inexpensive).
However, the Piscifun’s low cost does not translate into low quality. Made using a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass, the rod’s surprisingly sturdy and durable. At the same time, it is also very light and easy to use thanks to the use of lightweight materials. The rod is also extremely comfortable to use thanks to a soft EVA grip.
Really, the only major complaint that we have with the rod is the lack of size and power options. This really isn’t a rod meant for advanced baitcasters because you can only get it in one size and in one power level (medium).
- Good, durable frame.
- Two-piece rod for easier transportation.
- Good grip.
- Lack of options.
- Not meant for veteran baitcasters.
Baitcasting Buying Guide
Hopefully, all of you who read our best baitcasting rod reviews managed to find at least one or two baitcasting rods that you are happy with.
However, we didn’t want this article to just include reviews. So, we decided to include this buying guide alongside the reviews.
The idea behind this buying guide is to give some helpful tips that will hopefully be of use to those who are new to fishing or who are buying a baitcasting rod for the first time.
What Is A Baitcasting Rod Anyways?
One of the first things that we want to talk about in this buying guide is what exactly a baitcasting rod is. Obviously, if you are a veteran fisherman, then you don’t need to bother with this section because you already know the answer to this question. We just wanted to make sure that everyone reading this best baitcasting rod article is on the same page when it comes to terminology; especially those who are new to fishing.
A baitcasting rod is a more advanced kind of fishing rod (we mentioned this briefly in our introduction). The reel on a baitcasting rod is placed on the top part of the rod as opposed to being under it. Likewise, the eyelets on a baitcasting rod are on the top of the rod, as opposed to being on the bottom. When a fish pulls on the rod, it bends downwards, which helps to prevent the eyelets from snapping.
Generally speaking, more experienced fishermen prefer these rods for a variety of reasons. For starters, they are usually more durable. Secondly, they do a much better job at catching larger, tougher fish. Going bass fishing or trout fishing without a baitcasting rod would be quite difficult.
The opposite of baitcasting rods is spincasting rods. Spincasting rods have the reel on the underside of the rod, along with the eyelets. They are generally lightweight and extremely easy to get set up, which makes them a favorite choice for beginners who aren’t all that experienced with fishing rods.
Believe it or not, one of the more important things that you need to consider when buying a rod is the grip; more specifically, the material that the grip is made out of. You are going to be holding onto that grip for quite a while, so you want it to be really comfortable.
On our best baitcasting rod review list, we featured a variety of different kinds of grips. However, if we had to choose, we would say that you can’t go wrong with a high-quality cork grip. The cork is soft, comfortable, and lets you keep a solid grip on the rod, even when wet.
This isn’t to say that other grip materials are bad, just that overall cork is the best.
While reading through our best baitcasting rod list, you probably noticed us refer to “light rods,” “medium rods,” etc. We also mentioned quite often that rods often came in different power levels. So, you may be curious what exactly this means.
It is actually quite simple; a rod’s power refers to the amount of force that it takes for the rod to bend. A very-light rod takes very little effort to bend. A very-heavy rod takes a lot of effort to bend.
The reason having different powered rods is so important is because different rods work best in different kinds of situations. If you are trying to catch smaller fish or if you are using a certain kind of lure and line combo, you might want lighter rod. Other times, the situation may call for a heavy rod.
Many baitcasting rods come with multiple tips, each one with a different power level. These baitcasting rods tend to be more expensive, but they do offer a lot more versatility.
Earlier in this buying guide, we talked about the importance of the material that the grip is made out of. In this section, we are going to talk about something equally as important, which is the material that the frame is made out of.
Pretty much all of the rods that were featured on our best baitcasting rod review list had carbon fiber frames, which is not a coincidence. Carbon fiber frames are probably the best material for making rods out of. This is because carbon fiber offers a good balance between weight and strength.
On the one hand, carbon fiber isn’t too dense, so the baitcasting rod remains lightweight. On the other hand, carbon fiber is strong enough to prevent your rod from breaking, even after years of heavy use.
Obviously, individual rods can differ. So, while one rod made out of carbon fiber may be really strong, another may not be as strong due to the way that it is constructed.
One-piece vs Two-piece Rods
When buying a baitcasting rod, you often have the ability to choose between one-piece rods or two-piece rods. One-piece rods are, as the name indicates, a single rod. Two-piece rods can be divided into two-piece to make storage easier.
Purists typically avoid two-piece rods because they feel that they are not as strong or as durable as one-piece rods. However, this isn’t really correct, at least not anymore. Generally speaking, high-quality two-piece rods are just as durable as their one-piece counterparts.
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