When looking for a new Baitcast Fishing Rod and Reel combo, there are a few features to keep in mind when looking for the best combo. Important Features of a Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo •Right Handed or Left Handed Reel•Action of the Rod•Power of the ReelRight Handed or Left Handed Reel: The first feature, or quality, that is a matter of choice, or need, which is whether you need a right handed or a left handed reel. Rod Action: The rod action of the fishing rod is a rating for where the rod will flex when you put pressure on the rod tip when reeling in a fish or your lure. They are rated by Extra Fast, Fast, Moderate Fast, Moderate, and Slow.•Extra Fast – Fishing rod only bends at the tip•Fast – Fishing rod will bend in the top third or less of the rod•Moderate Fast – A blend between Fast and Moderate actions, the fishing rod will bend between the top third and top half of the rod•Moderate – The fishing rod will bend in the top half of the rod•Slow – The rod will begin to bend in the lower third of the rodFast Action RodsFast Action provides a higher level of sensitivity for detecting bites, and can quickly load up for setting the hook. Moderate Action RodsModerate action is best for targeting bigger fish with aggressive lures. The longer flex of the fishing rod allows you to cast further so you can send your lures out further. Moderate action fishing rods sacrifice sensitivity for improved casting distance.Slow Action RodsSlow action fishing rods are best for casting smaller lures for fish like panfish and trout. The flex of a slow action fishing rod helps you to cast smaller lures further with lighter line. Fishing Rod PowerA Fishing Rods Power rates the amount of pressure needed to bend the rod at its action rating. The Power ratings for fishing rods are typically rated as ultra-light, light, medium light, medium, medium heavy, and heavy. Power ratings really correspond to the rating for the weight of the fishing line and lure or weight that you will be fishing with, and this rating is usually shown on the rod itself to help you pick the righ fishing rod for the type of fishing that you will be doing. The lighter the rating, the lighter tackle, lighter fishing line, and lighter fishing lures that you will be fishing with. Ultra light, and light Power ratings would tyically be for fishing for smaller tackle for Panfish and Trout. A medium power rating would typically be for medium sized lures and baits used for fishing for Bass and Walleye. The heavy power rating would be for larger lures, baits, and fishing line typically used for fishing for Bass, Pike and Catfish.Baitcast Rod and Reel Fishing Combos•Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Baitcast Combo•Shimano Curado Johnny Morris Carbonite 2.0 Baitcast Combo•Quantum PT Smoke S3 Qualifier 2 Baitcast Rod and Reel ComboBaitcast Fishing Rod & Reel Combo•Johnny Morris Signature Series Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo•Team Lew’s Custom Black Speed Spool Baitcast Combo•Abu Garcia Revo Winch Crankin’ Stick Baitcast Combo•Lew’s Tournament SLP Speed Spool Pro Qualifier 2 ComboBaitcast Fishing Rod & Reel Combo•Abu Garcia Revo SX Vendetta Casting Rod and Reel Combo•Abu Garcia Revo SX Pro Qualifier 2 Baitcast Combo•Daiwa Tatula 100 Pro Qualifier 2 Baitcast Combo•Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Baitcast ComboDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.