Fishing-Rods for specimen hunters & matchmen.
Originally quite heavy fishing-rods were used, such as the traditional Avon-type rod. This rod was 11 ft long and built in three pieces. Over time a scaled down version of this rod appeared, which was initially used to fish tench, chub, barbel and perch. Today’s ledger rods are based on these early ones.
Types of Rod
Today's fishing-rods are made of carbon-fibre and vary in length from 9 to 11ft. The shorter version is preferred by competition anglers and the longer by specimen hunters.
They are used with a variety of bite indicators, though Some have a built in indicator called a quiver tip, a tapered piece of solid glass that is of very small diameter making it acutely sensitive.
Match anglers use rods of 9 or 10ft for ledgering. Normally they use a swim feeder as well. The swim feeder, which is a perforated container holding ground bait, is fairly heavy and requires the rod to be fairly stiff. This means that some form of bite indicator is necessary.
Longer ledgering rods relying on fine tips and bite indicators on the line to hook fish are used by specimen hunters. For shy-biting fish such as roach quiver-tip rods are the best option.
The Best Length for Your Fishing-Rod
For match ledgering or for use with a swim-feeder a 10-11ft rod is ideal. However, a
good general purpose rod would be a little shorter at around nine and a half feet. The
rod should come with graduated stand-off rings and a screw-in tip ring. This type of
tip ring will make it a simple matter to attach various of bite indicators, be it swing
-tip, quiver-tip etc. A line of 3 lbs breaking strain would be ideal under such
Light carp rods make excellent ledgering rods because they are designed for
fishing on the lake bottom. Under these circumstances it is unusual to use tips as bite
Ledgering rods that are intended to be used when fishing for eels and pike and where
dead fish are used as bait need to be more robust than ordinary rods and are
capable of casting baits up to 3oz with 12-15lbs line. This makes them capable
of handling large pike and eels.
Float Ledgering Rods
To use a rod for ledgering you need a bite indicator of some type. Many modern rods
have screw-in tip rings to accommodate them.
However, with rods that have fine tops, used for float fishing, heavy ledgering with a
swim feeder should not be attempted as this will damage the rod.
For float ledgering the rods used are usually standard float rods. Here the float is used
as the bite indicator. A reasonably long rod is needed.
Points to consider when choosing a ledgering rod include: weight to be cast, breaking
strain of the line and the length of the rod.
A match angler for instance, would be content to cast 30yds, whereas a specimen
hunter would need to cast and strike for a distance of 70yds. For the latter a much
longer fishing-rod is required to give the angler the necessary control.
Fishing-Rods for Ledgering