Bottom fishing is the most widely used fishing technique worldwide for fishing with natural bait for predatory and peaceful fish. Special fishing rods have been developed for this fishing technique, which are particularly suitable for this technique, even though almost any rod can be used as a ground rod. Last but not least, there are many special rods in the large family of basic rods, such as feeder rods, carp rods, surf rods or picker rods, to name but a few examples.
All basic rods are particularly suitable for offering our baits at the bottom of the water with the basic lead or feed basket. Since most fish are active there, this fishing technique is also very successful.
This article describes what makes a classic all-round ground rod and some recommendations of especially good ground rods at a fair price.
Important features of a base rod
You should pay special attention to these features, if you get yourself a new ground rod. Which rod characteristics are available and explanations to the mentioned terms can be found in the article about rod characteristics and rod choice>>
- The right casting weight for your water is important, also the lure weight has to be considered
- The right rod length – with longer rods you can cast further
- Long grips provide better leverage when casting
- The reel seat has to hold the reel bombproof
- The weight of the rod is not important, because you only hold it in your hand when casting and drilling
- The material of modern ground rods is mostly carbon
- Ground rods are mostly semi-parabolic to parabolic. So they bend either halfway or even directly in front of the rod handle
Casting weight table – that’s how much casting weight you need
Here is a table to help you find out what casting weight you need for a basic rod.
Special ground rods
As mentioned at the beginning there are several special ground rods. For most of them I have a more detailed article, which is also linked to. Therefore here the information only in short: If you are looking for an allround suitable ground rod, I recommend to stay in this article.
Carp Rods are designed for modern carp fishing with fixed glue mounts and boilies or pellets.
The rods are very strong and usually have a parabolic action. Usually they are about 3 – 3.66 m long and have a bending curve in lbs instead of a casting weight. The casting weights of the rods are usually very high and they have large tolerances to cast the heavy lead for self-hooking.
- To the carp rods>>
Feeder rods and angle pickers
Feeder rods are the classics among the basic rods and have a particularly fine tip which indicates bites very well. For this purpose the rods are set up and the line has a sharp angle to the rod tip so that this
is slightly under tension. Despite their fine tip, the rods are designed for very high casting weights. This is also the difference to the angled picker rod, because this rod is designed for rather low casting weights and can only handle light feed baskets.
- Zu den Feederrouten>>
Surf rods are designed for maximum casting distances with enormous weights. 4.2-4.6 m rods are not uncommon. The rods are set up similarly to feeder rods, on the one hand to draw the line from the waves and on the other hand to indicate bites, because here too the rod tip is the usual bite indicator. This is often combined with a bell or at night with a bend light. I have not yet written an overview of surf rods.
Telescopic Rods have a small packing size and are not directly used for a certain fishing technique. But there are a lot of good basic rods among the telescopic rods. Especially for simple fishing with a lead, a very cheap tele rod is also a good choice.
- To the telescopic rods>>
Some top basic rods in comparison
Since the topic of telescopic rods was dealt with in the last paragraph and you will also find the article linked there, it is here exclusively about plug-in rods. Ground rods don’t have to be expensive and therefore they do it cheap. Who would like to have nevertheless a better and more expensive rod finds these also here presented.
Comparison of some good allround basic rods
Of all rods there are also different models with different lengths and casting weights. Especially with the first basic rod, the Daiwa Tornado Z there are some.
Daiwa Tornado Z
This rod series has a basic rod for every purpose except catfish fishing. The rod is available in three different casting weight classes 10-55, 35-95 and 75-120 and also in different lengths from 3 m up to 3.9 m. The semi-parabolic action ensures that lures do not fall off the hook easily (straight bait fish) and can be fished with the pose while the backbone has enough power for capital fish. Practical is the three-way split, because the rod can also be used in a small car.
Pelzer Contact Cork
The Pelzer Contact Cork is a cheap and good bottom and carp rod, which is also suitable for the other fish species mentioned in the table. The rod is relatively thin and therefore more comfortable to handle. The continuous triple rings also make for a robust rod that will last a long time if handled well. As the rod has been on the market for some time now, it has proven its worth and is now also available well below the old EIA.
The Prologic PL C1
The Prologic PL C1
It should be noted that the Prologic rod is available in different versions, also as a 3m rod, so it is relatively short. This makes sense, of course, if you have little room for casting or if you don’t have to go far out. Starting with the 3lbs rod it is equipped with a 50 mm starter ring, which provides for further casts. The equipment with DPS reel seat and SIC rings is also absolutely top for the price. All in all a recommendable ground rod for big and strong fish.
Ground rods for eels
All the previously mentioned rods are suitable for fishing for eels, because they are strong enough. Eels must always be drilled without compromise and quickly away from the bottom and any obstacles they like to be near. Otherwise there is a danger that they will simply get stuck and chafe the line. An eel rod can be a bit easier for still waters with a lower casting weight from 30g+, while for rivers and when big eels are expected I always play it safe and fish with carp rods or strong feeder rods.
The latter is another keyword, because eel fishing with feeder rods is not only very exciting, but the bite indication is also simply great with feeder rods. So even cautious pluckers can be easily recognized and also transformed by cautious fish.
Ground Rods for Zander
For Zander it actually only depends on the weight of the mounting what I need for a ground rod. Since Zander are not strong fighters, ground rods from 30 to 60 grams usually do wonderfully. The small bait fish up to 10 cm, which you normally take, weigh less.
Bottom Fishing Assemblies
All you need to know about normal basic assemblies can be found in this article>>