Selecting a Sea Fishing Rod

One of the most exhilarating feelings is that of landing a huge, strong marlin, sailfish or even a shark. These fish can weigh hundreds of pounds and put up quite a fight. Sailfish have been known to top 1000 pounds in some cases. Obviously, good sea fishing rods are required to boat a fish like that and here we look at the selection process.

All sea fishing rods will be constructed of a material that can take the saltwater conditions. For this reason, metal or aluminum rods are going to succumb to the salt in the air and corrode or become brittle. Better choices exist with either graphite or fiberglass as these are resistant to corrosion, rusting and brittleness.

Graphite rods are used in some cases. Though graphite is used in other lighter rods used in freshwater fishing, it also has flexibility features that are desired in heavier, sturdier sea fishing rods. Fiberglass rods, however, provide greater flexibility and tend to be more versatile for deep sea fishing.

When selecting a rod, it is necessary to consider the tackle you will be using. Everything has to work together smoothly when you have that trophy on the line. This is because the sea is home to varieties of fish that are much larger than your ordinary freshwater fish like bass or trout. Some of the larger deep sea fish can be on the line for hours before you get them to the boat.

In addition to this, sometimes the rod determines the tackle used, sometimes the tackle determines the rod that needs to be used. Either way, it all has to work well together. Be sure you get the combination right to maximize your rods’ performance.

So we come to size. Like anything, sea fishing rods can be bought in lighter varieties to accommodate hunting for fish like grouper, snapper or flounder. If you are going after he big guys, you will need a heavier rod, no doubt. So take your quarry into consideration of selecting a sea fishing rod. Hook a big game fish on a rod suited for lighter quarry and you might go home disappointed.

Another thing to think about is your selected technique. Deep drop fishing, shallow drop fishing, kite fishing and bottom techniques all require a specific rod type. Why is this the case? Because different areas of the sea house different species of fish. Technique dictates target fish, target fish dictates rod type. Simple, really, isn’t it?

If you still are not sure what to look at or what to choose, go to a local sporting goods store that sells sea fishing rods and ask questions. This helps you get the answers you need and you can handle the equipment personally to get a feel for it in your hand. Being able to see the sea fishing rods is a big help in selecting the right one for your needs.

All in all, picking out sea fishing rods is fairly simple once you know what to take into consideration. Do a little research and your sea fishing expedition will be successful.