A Rod for the Job
Fun, excitement, more hookups-enough reasoning why; what we need to consider now is what makes a practical light rod and reel that will protect 4-pound-test line, cast the proper lures, and also handle the fish. Many of the rods walleye anglers use for 6- to 8-pound-test line are close, as are some of the spin sticks popular for the lightest tubes and finesse baits. You want light weight, a fast tip to cushion the line and a powerful butt section. Length is a al consideration because you'll be dealing with the greater stretch of light line. You'll need to compensate for line stretch when setting hooks and working lures in deep, open water. I'd opt for 7-foot rod length-61/2-foot, minimum.