I have seen manufactures describe tapers as being x-tra fast,fast and moderately fast on graphite rods. Which taper would be best and most sensitive for shallow water flounder fishing? Thanks for the suggestions.
All graphite rods will provide you with sufficient sensitivity for flounder fishing. If I were buying a rod just for fishing shallow water, I would prefer a rod with a more moderate taper. The reason being is that you will not have a lot of stretch in the line between you and the fish, so having a rod that gives a little is beneficial.
TAPER refers to blank designers layout for cutting the material that gets wrapped around the mandrel. Just think of a right triangle. How the hypotenus is shaped determines TAPER. It can be a simple taper, or a compound taper.
The TAPER design determines ACTION. Extra fast action top 25% of blank flexs. Fast action, top 1/3 of blank flexs. Moderate action, top 1/2 of blank flexs. Slow action, the total legth of blank flexs.
SENSITIVITY- the ability to feel a nibble. Graphite has it all over fiberglass.
Now for a shallow water flounder rod. Each one of us can come up with a different answer based on our likes/preferences.
Gamakatsu gave you an excellent answer. His choice of a moderate action blank/rod is MOST important if you use synthetic line. I like the moderate action and I use mono. Shallow water not much line out to stretch.
Many times I prefer a fiberglass rod for flounder fishing, Lot of flex, because I lift slowly till I'm ready to set the hook. for me it is more fun that quick hook setting.
Want to have fun? Make an ice fishing blank into a short length, spin rod. Use a very small spinning reel with 8# test mono. This is assuming you can fish with 1/2 to 1 oz sinkers. Also I would do this when the rail is close to the water. I would not try this on ahigh sided party boat.
Hope this answer helps.
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