Rod Pod Or Banksticks?
Deciding what to use when it comes to rod pods and banksticks is relatively straightforward, but something that could be debated for some time.
Typically, it is down to preference, but there are some situations when you might want to use both during a session.
I made the mistake of buying a cheap rod pod – what a waste of money! It fell apart the first time I used it…
I made the decision to invest in a decent rod pod and I wish I had made the decision sooner.
The rod pod I use now is similar to this one on Amazon and it was worth every penny.
Trying to use a cheap rod pod can be very frustrating and sometimes risky as the rod pod could snap during a take, resulting in you losing your rod.
I always ensure I have a few spare in my rod holder just in case I see roaming fish and have to set my rod up through some trees, or at a different angle to the others.
This typically happens when fishing on a spit of an island.
When To Use Bank Sticks
Bank sticks allow you to get your rod tips closer to the water and you can have them as close together, or as far apart as you need to suit your setup.
Bank sticks can be picked up for a few quid from the tackle shop, but for one rod you should have at least one with a screw on the top to take a bite alarm the other can be a plain and simple one.
They are available in thick and thin sizes and some are extendable.
The thicker ones are definitely better as the wind won’t blow them around as much, although a rod pod is much better for windy conditions, although the thicker bank sticks would be harder to push into the ground then the thin ones.
Bank sticks will need to be either pushed into the ground or hammered in, but obviously, if the ground is solid you will need a rod pod.
Should you chose to hammer the bank sticks in, keep in mind that almost every other anglers on that lake will probably think you are a prat for making noise. I, fortunately, have both available, so if I need to use a hammer, ill get the rod pod instead.
There is a downside to rod pods though; the decent ones can be expensive for what they are. If you can get away with using bank sticks, then don’t worry about the rod pod.
If you are using bank sticks, rather than having a pair of bank sticks per rod, you could use buzz bars.
Buzz bars can be used with up to four rods when using only two banksticks.
They are a neat solution when you don’t want to carry a rod pod around with you.
If you are using buzz bars, you may also want to invest in bankstick stabilizers to ensure your rods don’t all end up on the floor if you have a violent take.
They come in various shapes and sizes, but make sure you get the right ones depending on the diameter of the bankstick.