Big bait includes large flexible lures, tubes, swimbaits, large jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. You’ll need a longish rod of 2.2 m to 2.5 m to cast free and far. The length of the rear grip is up to you depending on where you’re fishing from (e.g. water’s edge, kayak, float tube, small boat) and how much leverage you want.
Big bait doesn’t have to be particularly heavy but rather able to displace water via its motion. So our pro staff picked out three suitable blanks with a wide range of power values to match the different lures on offer.
- The NFC SWB 807 IM Slim Swimbait 2.43 m 30–150 g is a light 114 g blank able to cast lures of up to 150 g! This medium-fast rod handles all weights within its range equally well and bends a lot deeper than your usual big bait rod. It’s a pleasure to wield when shore fishing due both to its vibration when trolling or jerking and to its ease of use with lures that "pull" on the line, thanks in large part to the relative flexibility of its tip. A versatile blank able to cast a long way.
- The Phenix USB 790-H is a fantastically light 105 g blank with the power to cast lures of 50–230 g. This blank is made for anglers who like such rods faster than, say, NFC. It lets anglers cast with swimbait and troll with large lures in comfort and puts them in control of their quarry.
- The NFC SWB 808-IM Slim Swimbait sports all the features of its baby sister (the first selection) and a whole lot more! Coming in at an airy 128 g, it throws a 55 g paddle tail shad as well as a 300 g trout while its superb taper makes for an adamantine butt that will hold any big pike or passing giant catfish. Its sensitivity, vibration and casting distance elevate its performance to the very top in the great trophy fishing areas like alpine lakes. This blank is unlike any other in its class you might have come across. The only possible downside is that its taper limits the range of handle kits on offer.