I have been around fishing all of my life, both in Iowa, along the Mississippi River, and in the mountains of the West. Well, when I was going fishing I grabbed my "fishing pole" and some bait and headed off to the water.
Since being around bass fishermen at The Tackle Box, they are constantly correcting me, pointing out, "That is not a fishing pole, it is a rod and reel."
I slip up frequently and will get those raised eyebrows and looks of "when will he get it right?" What I have realized is that the quality of the fishing "rod" greatly enhances the effectiveness of fishing.
There are many excellent fishing rods on the market, which makes the industry very spirited. I observed that quite a number of competitive bass fishermen, from the local club level to the pro-tour level, are asking for Rogue rods. With this in mind, I started asking questions about Rogue rods and how they seemingly sell themselves.
Rogue Rod Company has been on the scene only since 2001, but has assembled one of the best design staffs, headed by Bob Loomis, and an advisory staff steeped in years of recreational and competitive fishing. The satisfied customer -- the fisherman -- is the best advertiser of these quality fishing rods.
There are more than 200 models to choose from and the rods are specifically suited for the fisherman's needs.
For the bass fisherman, a set of six rods would cover every possible technique that could be used during tournament action. A competitive tournament fisherman would have each of these Rogue rods tied with a specific bait to fit the conditions that might unfold in a day's fishing.
I asked many local fishermen who spend a lot of time on the water why they use Rogue rods. Their response was that it is a well-built rod that is sensitive to the bite and light enough to be used all day casting or flipping.
Frank Powell of Tonto Basin, a longtime bass fisherman and guide, commented that it's the only rod brand he uses when he is fishing or that he provides for his clients to use when he takes them out on the water. His favorite is the 6-foot, 6-inch drop-shot rod where one can feel the most sensitive bite.
Buddy Randall, a local tournament fisherman on the All-Star Circuit, has the complete set of bait-casting rods made by Rogue. He said they are stiff enough for those long casts, yet sensitive enough to detect every bite.
Clifford Pirch, an FLW touring pro and winner of numerous Arizona bass tournaments, said that Rogue rods are need specific for every style of bass fishing and are extremely well built to withstand the intense rigors of tournament fishing. Where one sensitive bite may make the difference in a tournament championship, his choice is only Rogue. The rod makes the difference.
I know now what the Rogue slogan means: "Feel the Bite!" Their rods are extremely sensitive, which makes for better fishing no matter what species of fish you pursue.
By the way, if you hear me ask what kind of pole you are using, bear with me, I am still learning the correct fishing terms. It's tough for an old dog to learn new tricks.
This week, enjoy God's creation and take someone fishing.