Jigging is a staple technique in walleye fishing, and one of the easiest ways to make just about any angler a better jig fisherman is by using the right stuff.
Choosing the perfect jigging rod
Top 5 Best Jigging Rod Compared
|Shimano Trevala S [Editors Choice]||90-168||Medium Fast|
|UglyStik Tiger Elite||6'-6'6"||Heavy Action|
|Penn Rampage||5'8"-6'6"||Medium Heavy|
The Shimano Trevala is a new breed of conventional jigging rod that uses new technology to cut weight and diameter while maintaining maximum strength.
This rod is unbelievably thin and sensitive in the hand, yet it can work a 6oz jig and bend nearly double without a problem.
Graphite/glass composite blanks with Shimano proprietary C4S construction, lightweight Fuji Alconite guides, and graphiteylon reel seats help to trim all excess weight. The result is a rod that is so light and comfortable that it feels like panfishing in a lake until you remember the 80lb Powerline on your reel.
If you have ever wanted to fight big fish on light tackle, the Shimano Trevala is a rod you have to try. It is our favorite in the light tackle, fast action category.
The venerable UglyStik brand comes through again with a brute of a rod designed specifically for jigging on the bottom. The Tiger Elite has a higher graphite content than many of the other UglyStiks, making for lighter weight and more responsive feel.
We like the extreme durability of UglyStiks, but it comes with a mushy feel. This rod seems to have put that problem to rest. It is sensitive enough to let you feel the hits even with 7oz jig on and 150ft of line out.
The Tiger Elite is built to handle saltwater, and we like the corrosion-resistant one-piece guides that eliminate the problem of popping inserts. Cushioned stainless steel reel seat hoods take conventional and spinning reels. The dense EVA foregrip is contoured to provide comfort during long fights.
This rod casts well enough to be used for jetty fishing or throwing big plugs. The UglyStik offers strength and versatility at an easy price point, making it a good entry-level offshore jigging/spinning rod.
The Penn Rampage is a composite rod built for vertical jigging in saltwater but versatile enough to use for bottom fishing and casting as well.
Setup for use with conventional reels, the Rampage has a corrosion-resistant build and is durable enough to make the grade on offshore charter boats where rods have to combine affordability with the capability to withstand abuse. Fuji aluminum oxide guides are wrapped and glassed in place and are nearly indestructible.
The heavy-duty reel seat torques down well, but we don’t care for the exposed threads that can appear on the upper end depending on the reel being used. We do like the fat EVA foregrip and contoured butt with rubber gimbal. We found this rod to be surprisingly responsive and slender for a stick that can handle 100lb line. T
he Rampage features some of the highest quality detailing in this price range and is a great boat rod.
We find that modern jigging rods break down into 2 main types: short, thick power beasts for pure offshore bottom work, and the new breed of super-strong, super-flexible light-weights like the Shimano Trevala.
While it is tempting to have one of each, the average fisherman might be better off going with the versatility of a longer, more sensitive rod that can handle jigs, throw lures, and even fish bait well. We hope this review helps you narrow in on the best jigging rod for your style of fishing.