Pro's Pointer #18 'He's a reel expert'

In 22 years of doing Pro's Pointers for NBC North Dakota Sports, I have been behind the camera for all but three of them. I think it's the best Pro's Pointer we've done and it's also the most viewed clip ever on Johnnie Candle's YouTube channel.

I have been asked about this tip a number of times so Johnnie and I decided to bring it back by popular demand.

Johnnie Candle, MWC World Walleye Champion: "When you're selecting a fishing rod there are two words that matter, power and action.

Let's start with the power side.

Power simply describes how much the weight a rod blank can handle. In this example we have three rods with identical actions, they all bend in the same spot but you can see they all carry the same amount of weight a little bit differently. Power is described with words like light, here on the bottom, medium in the middle and heavy on the top.

On the other side we have action. Action is simply the description of how fast a rod bends. That's described with words like moderate, fast or extra fast. In this example three rods of identical powers but different actions.

Moderate, fast and extra fast that only bends at the tip so what does this mean to us as anglers? The power of the rod matters when we're picking the lure we're going to use. If you're going to fish with a 16th or 8th ounce jig you might want to go with light or ultra-light and if you're going to use a 3/4 ounce crankbait heavy is the better choice. When we get to action that's determined by the technique we're going to use the rod for.

Vertical fishing or fishing very close to the boat we want that extra fast action for really quick hook sets and the farther we fish away from the boat maybe trolling or live bait rigging we're going to want more of a moderate taper so the rod can absorb a little bit more of the shock so hopefully this demonstration has given you enough information that when you're shopping for your next fishing rod you're sure to pick the right tool for the job. I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this week's Pro's Pointer."

Next week, wraps up this year's Pro's Pointers; I think you'll find him in a fun location.