Bait Casting Rod
For fishing with minnow bait for bass and such fish a three-piece bait rod is used. This has always been a favorite style of fishing for such game fish as take the live minnow or small frog. For this use the Henshall pattern rod has always been a favorite. This may be of steel, of split and glued bamboo, or of solid wood such as lancewood, greenheart or bethabara.
The Henshall bass rod is eight feet, three inches long, and weighs eight ounces with solid metal reel seat, and seven and one-half ounces when made with reel bands only, which was the way Dr. Henshall preferred it. The standard rod of this style was made of three pieces, the butt of white ash and the other two joints of lancewood. Another rod favored by this great fisherman and originated by him was of -split bamboo, eight feet, one inch in length and of a weight of six and a half ounces. The steel rod is eight feet, six inches long and weighs ten ounces. All fishing tackle dealers sell such rods.
In late years the casting of artificial baits with a short, stiff rod, by the overhead cast, has become a very popular way of fishing for bass and such fish. The bait-casting rod for this kind of work should be between four and a half and six feet long, but the best length seems to be about five feet. The rule is to use a short rod for the heavy artificial baits and for the lighter lures a longer rod may be used, but a long rod of seven or eight feet could not be used for this kind of casting.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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