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Short but Sturdy: Ice Rods/Dock Rods

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Joe is a student that likes to fish in his free time and try new lures and techniques that may increase his odds of catching.

Great for Any Fishing Situation

These new fishing rods are great for both experienced and starting anglers, as they have a great overall use with their size. These ice rods or dock rods are great for those who like to try new fishing locations and have a rod that works for every location. These rods work great in open water, shorelines, banks with vegetation, and of course docks and ice fishing holes.

Portable Size

The best things about these rods is that they are very easy to carry and store. I personally put my ice rod in a drawstring backpack and travel up the stream until I find a good spot to cast. Many of my fellow anglers also keep their rods in their cars in case of any sudden fishing plans, and the ice rod is a nice and compact rod so it won’t take up much space in the backseat or trunk. An ice rod can also fit in any travel bag for those looking to fish without taking special cases to hold their long rods. While these rods are comparable to telescopic rods that can fold into the rod, jamming is a common occurance with dirty telescopic rods, essentially ruining the rod itself.

Strong and Short

Many fear that the short length of the rod would take away from the casting range, but this is actually far from the truth. Where the rod loses in length it makes up in elasticity, and many of these rods have ridiculous strength and can even bend 180 degrees. In addition to greater power, the short length makes it easier to position your bait in tight spots like vegetation or fallen trees.

The strength of some ice rods may very, but these rods can keep a large fish on the line easily. Largemouth bass, channel catfish, and carp are easy catches for these rods and smaller fish will feel like nothing when reeled in.

Why You Should Have One

Ice rods are relatively cheap and can be great for kids learning to fish as well as adults who don't fish much. The learning curve on these rods are easy, and some prefer to use these rods over better quality 6 foot rods since they are easier to handle. Of course, in large open water like beaches or oceans this rod may not be the best, but for any average fisher looking for an easy catch should start with an ice rod.


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