Best Lightweight & Mid-weight Coarse Fishing Rods

So, you’re preparing for a big fishing trip, and you need to get the right materials together so you’ll have a successful adventure. What do you need to consider when purchasing a coarse fishing rod?

Fishing is our passion, and we love sharing our knowledge and advice with fellow anglers! This article will walk you through the basics of coarse fishing rods. We’ll also guide you to some of the best rods available on the market today.

Coarse Fishing Rod Guide

How To Select a Coarse Fishing Rod

By definition, coarse fishing is the practice of catching freshwater fish, such as those found in ponds, lakes, and streams. This includes any fish not found in the sea (besides salmon or trout). Our focus in this article is going to be on the smaller species of coarse fish, which are mainly caught on lightweight tackle by anglers fishing in European lakes, rivers, and other freshwater venues.

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First time purchasing a fishing rod? We’ll walk you through the various styles of rods available, lengths of rods, handle styles, joint fittings, and other important components.

When selecting a coarse fishing rod, be sure to understand the type of bait required for a successful fishing venture. There are several types of baits used for coarse fishing adventures, such as maggots, bread, sweetcorn, and particle baits. These are often thrown out into a fishing spot that has been pre-baited with groundbait, which often consists of ingredients such as fishmeal, bread crumbs, or hemp seeds.

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It’s important to get the right rod and reel set-up. The standard rod length is anywhere between 8 and 13 feet, and made of tubular carbon fiber or fibreglass. Poles are also becoming more common in coarse fishing practices today, and help increase the angler’s accuracy and speed at range. There are several rod types available on the market today. We’ve put a chart together of the common rod types:

Rod Type Length Species
Stick Float 12 – 20 feet Silverfish, Barbel
Avon 11 – 13 feet Chub, Silverfish, Barbel, Bream, Carp, Tench
Bomb 9 – 11 feet Silverfish, Small Carp
Carp 12 – 13 feet Carp, Pike, Catfish
Spodding 12 – 13 feet Barbel, Bream, Carp, Tench
Lure 6 – 10 feet Perch, Chub, Pike
Specialist 11 – 13 feet Carp, Catfish, Barbel, Tench
Quiver 11 – 14 feet Silverfish, Bream, Carp, Tench, Barbel, Chub
Waggler 12 – 15 feet Silverfish, Carp, Bream, Barbel, Tench, Chub



Here is a quick list of items to be aware of when selecting your coarse fishing rod:

  • Line weight: the range of weights of fishing line that a particular rod will support
  • Lure weight: the recommended weight of a lure or hook that the rod will support
  • Rod action: measures the speed that a rod returns to a neutral position from being bent
  • Rod length: Depends on the environment that the angler will be fishing in
  • Test curve: Amount of weight required before rod bends to a 90 degree angle
  • Number of pieces: Many rods are designed to break down into two or more pieces; should be considered for transporting purposes

Line guides or rings will contribute towards the strength and performance of the rod. Higher quality coarse fishing rods will have at least one guide for every foot of its length. Standard carp rods may have six guides, while waggler rods may have as many as 12. The size and materials used for the line guides will also determine the distance the angler will be able to cast, and you should check out the rod ring placement, making sure the rod bends perfectly.

Rod weight, which is really the power value of the rod, indicates the weight of the fish being caught. For coarse fishing, ideally you would want a lightweight or mid-weight rod. There isn’t any standardized measurement of rod weight — each manufacturer applies their own rod weight specifications for their rods. We have put together a list of our recommended coarse fishing rods below.

Best coarse fishing rods

Recommended Lightweight Match Rods

All of these lightweight rods are designed to be extremely fast, powerful, and to withstand even the toughest conditions. Incorporating cutting-edge materials, we believe any one of these rods will provide a fast, powerful action to steer in even the biggest fish!

Shakespeare Super Team Match Rod

You depend on quality performance to land that perfect fish. This brand has been around for many years and has developed a reputation for good quality at an affordable price. This Shakespeare match rod provides versatility and a nice, progressive action, which blends a fine hollow tip into a powerful middle and butt section. It can hook and play fish on finer hook-lengths and tiny hooks, as well as tackling stronger fish on heavier gear.

Key features include:

  • 13 ft / 3 Sections
  • Ergonomically designed reel seat
  • Zirconium Oxide Guides (ZOG) plus hook keeper ring
  • AAA quality Slim Cork handle

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Daiwa Aqualite Power Float

Get this rod and coarse fish will seek you out for a demo! Smooth, well-balanced, with a ‘semi-parabolic action’ (whatever that means!), it’s a pleasure to use. There’s no doubt that Daiwa make great rods – they are long-lasting, durable with quality fittings and finish, like the exclusive Daiwa sliding reel seat and smooth cork handle – just what you’d expect from this brand.

Key features include:

Recommended Mid-Weight Coarse/Quiver-Tip/Feeder Rods

For most coarse fishing activities, a mid-weight rod is suitable. Many anglers like to carry two
rods in the event one gets damaged or in case you happen upon a fish you weren’t antipicating. It may be a good idea to carry both a lightweight and a mid-weight rod. Here are a few of our recommended mid-weight coarse fishing rods:

John Wilson Signature 11-13′ Avon Quiver Deluxe

Control and power are the two qualities this rod is said to possess in spades, so whether you’re looking for more control or tend to fish at longer distances, this rod could be what you’re looking for. It features optional tips: 1.25 lb test curve Avon tip or a quiver tip section that allows easy interchange. It also comes with a 2-foot extension piece for added flexibility. Perfect for catching carp, tench, chub, roach, dace and more or less any of the other usual suspects.

Key features include:

  • Quiver top with three push in tips (1.5, 2 & 3oz)
  • 2 ft extension piece (for a 11 ft and 13 ft rod)
  • Additional 1.25 lb Avon tip

Drennan Red Range Carbon Carp Feeder Fishing Rod

Most coarse fish stand no chance against this weapon. Want sharp, accurate casting but also a
smooth, well balanced rod? This can land small and large fish with apparent ease and makes a good all-rounder if you fish a variety of different venues. The 10-foot version is perfect for smaller commercial waters, especially where you’ll find hard fighting carp! We like.

Key features include:

  • Drennan Red Range (10ft/ 3.0) or (11ft/ 3.3m) Carbon Carp Feeder Fishing Rod also comes with 20 FTD Barbless hooks to nylon
  • High quality finished light/medium feeder
  • 2 interchangeable push-in tips
  • Screw in reel seat & cork handle, hook eye
  • Quality feel sectioned cloth bag with exterior tube section

You’re all set to embark on your fishing adventure! Be sure to check out some of our other
articles on fishing tackle, and tight lines!