Tips For Choosing
Surf Fishing Rods
Your choice of surf fishing rods will shape the kind of day you have at the breakers. Surf fishing is as unique and demanding as it is exciting. The environment is challenging and the fish are tough.
To be able to master the fish, you need to have the right surf fishing tackle. One thing you should keep in mind is that there is no one specific rod and reel combo that’s perfect for all fishing situations.
To make the proper selection, you need to assess the waters that you will be fishing in and also have a pretty good idea of the kind of fish you will be targeting.
Here are a few factors to take into consideration when you are looking at surf fishing rod:
Ideal Length of the Rod Depends Upon Fishing Conditions
The length of a fishing rod is measured from the tip to the butt. Typical lengths vary between 9 feet to 18 feet but you may want to consider getting a longer rod if you are fishing in waters where you need to cast further distances. However, if it is that time of the year when the fish are feeding in the breakers, you will need a shorter rod.
Check How Much Weight the Rod Can Handle
Ideally, fishing rods should be able to easily handle at least up to 4 ounces of weight, in addition to the hook, 2 ounces of bait and rigging in order to sufficiently hold a rig at the bottom.
Is the Grip Comfortable and Sturdy?
Having a comfortable grip is important. This is after all your connection to the rod and ultimately to the fish. A cheap handle can get ripped to shreds while sliding it in and out of a sand spike. A surf fishing rod with a good quality, seamless cork grip that is slip resistant is the most comfortable and will also be the most durable.
Check the Reel Seat
The reel seat holds the reel in place. Once this is damaged or worn out, your rod is as good as useless. Make sure the reel seat of the rod you choose is made of non corrosive materials and is sturdy enough to withstand the force of reeling in a large sized, struggling surf fish.
There are several different types of surf fishing tackle and surf fishing rods that you can choose from. If you are unsure about which is the best combination you should use for that particular location, don’t be shy to ask any surf angler for their opinion.
Fishermen are friendly folks and are always ready to share their secrets with a fellow angler. After all, there’s plenty of fish out there for everyone!
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