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The Best All-Around Fishing Rod setup | The Inside Information

When I used to work at a sporting goods store I used to get asked this question a lot:

“What is the overall best type of fishing rod that I can use for any type of fishing?”

When I was working at this store, the people that were coming in looking to buy something weren’t die-hard fishermen. They weren’t guys looking for a million different setups. And, they weren’t looking for reasons why they should buy an expensive setup.



All they really wanted was a rod to get out there and fish from time to time, and they wanted it to be logical and of decent quality.

So, I want to walk you through a specific rod setup that should allow you to fish for whatever you want.

This is going to be a rod and reel combination based on size and power. That way, you’ll be able to get out there, and just fish a pond or whatever it may be with the same setup.

Best Fishing Rod setup | Rod and Reel Specifics

The rod that you will want to use in this setup is a 6’6” to a 7-foot, medium-action rod. You can certainly go medium-heavy if you want, but medium is usually a good all-around size rod to be able to handle the majority of fish you would catch.

best fishing rod length
A medium action 6’6″ – 7′ rod is the ideal size for the best all around fishing setup.


best fishing reel
A 2500 to 3000 size reel like this one is perfect for an all-around fishing rod setup.


Along with a rod of this size, I would recommend a 2500 to a 3000 size reel.

If you aren’t sure what those numbers mean, simply look on the reel. It will often say 2500 or 3000, or it may just have like a code name with some letters and after it, it’s going to say “30” or “25”, that way you’ll know what size it is.

fishing reel size numbers
The fishing reels will typically have the series numbers indicated on the reel, as in this picture. Go for a 2500 or 3000 series reel, which may also be indicated by a “25” or “30.”

These reels are going to allow you to hold an 8 to 10-pound test line, or even 15. And, if you guys are going to use braided line, they can hold up to 25-pound, 30-pound braid. So, it’s going to be a good size spool to have enough line to use the lures you need and catch the fish you want to catch.



Why Not Baitcasters?

So, why did I not recommend a baitcaster? Well, baitcasters can be complex, and it takes some skill and practice to use one.

However, a spinning reel will allow you to fish the majority of baits without much trouble. Most people are able to quickly learn to cast one of these and it’s just a good size rod to have all the time.

In addition, this size rod comes in one-piece as well as two-piece variations.

This type of setup is what I grew up learning to fish with initially; just a medium spinning rod that allowed me to fish for just about everything.

best all around spinning rod
This is a good travel rod that I use all the time when I just need to do all-purpose fishing. It’s a 2-piece, 6’6” rod. It’s a medium action and this is a size 30, or a 3000 series reel. It’s just a good all-around rod for me. I have it stringed up with 10-pound mono. I use this rod alongside the boat. I drop shot with it. I walleye fish with it. I go pond hopping for bass with it. If I’m really getting bored and the fish aren’t biting, I can even use it for catfish.

Now, some may say, “Oh, you can’t catch giant catfish or carp on those size rods because they’re going to break it.”

My answer to that is, you absolutely CAN.

Use some braided line, make sure you set your drag correctly and have a strong knot tied, and as long as you know how to angle that fish correctly, I can guarantee you you’ll get it to the shore or into the boat.



set drag appropriately on fishing reel
Setting the drag appropriately, according to the fish you’re after and the type of line you are using is key to landing a wide variety of fish.



Conclusion

So there you have it. That’s really all you need to know about what the best all-around fishing rod setup is.

I hope I gave you enough information on the best all-around fishing rod setup. This rod size and reel size combo is fairly inexpensive and it’s going to be a fishing rod you can keep in your car or in your house… perfect for the everyday angler.

So, whether you’re fishing on the weekends, or riding your bike around pond to pond; bass fishing, crappie fishing, or even looking to hook into a big catfish, it’s going to be an affordable and good-size setup to do everything you need to when it comes to fishing (well, maybe not shark fishing!)

I hope you put a hook N1!

jordan costanzo
Jordan Costanzo of TightlineTV

Jordano Costanzo

Jordano Costanzo is a dedicated Fisherman and outdoorsman. At a young age, he got his start fishing alongside his uncle, who is a tournament bass angler. Jordano quickly became obsessed, and knew fishing was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In 2017, he founded the YouTube channel and brand, TIGHTLINETV. On his YouTube channel, Jordano makes informative videos teaching viewers how to fish from a beginner to an advanced level. Since the start of TIGHTLINETV, Jordano has created hundreds of videos, receiving milllions of views. At the end of the day, Jordano's main goal is to not only help others better their fishing game, but also bring more exposure to the sport of fishing. Off the water, Jordan likes to spend time with friends, create videos, and participate in other outdoor activities like hunting (which is also featured on his YouTube channel). Fishing will always be a part of Jordano`s life, but he hopes he can one day turn it into a full-time career.

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