5 Features All ocean fishing rods should have
If you are new to saltwater fishing, you may be wondering what features to look for in the best fishing rods for the ocean. Durability, flexibility, and high-performance components should be high on the list. Whether you’re trolling for tuna or pulling a gigantic gaggle perch from under a ledge, your offshore fishing rod or rod must withstand the toughest elements and the most muscular fish. Check out five key characteristics ocean fishing rods should have.
1. Consider a one-piece rod for added sensitivity
You will find that there are both one-piece and two-piece poles on the market. If you are more experienced in fishing you may prefer a two-piece rod. However, as a beginner, a one-piece rod is usually your best choice as it will give you more sensitivity when fishing in deeper water. More sensitivity means fewer missed bites.
2. Fiberglass or composite material for flexibility
Fiberglass generally offers more flexibility than graphite, yet still gives you enough backbone for the largest and best species of saltwater fish. While there are fiberglass and graphite composite rods on the market that are lighter, they still have a long service life. If you plan to do a lot of offshore jigging or trolling, consider trying a medium, extra fast, or fast acting fiberglass or saltwater composite rod that is about 6 or 6½ feet long. Remember, offshore jigging and trolling are two deep sea fishing techniques that generally require more power-over-action.
3. Look for bars with corrosion-resistant components
All of the saltwater fishing rods and reels you choose should be made to withstand corrosion. For example, all guides and roll holders should be made of a non-corrosive material such as aluminum or stainless steel. If your gear will last longer, then you should flush all of your saltwater rods and fishing reels thoroughly with fresh water when you return to the dock.
4. Find a rod with a UV protective coating
Many ocean fishing rods have a protective coating that protects the blank from the fading, chipping, cracking, and peeling that can occur with continued use in bright sunlight.
5. Choose a bar with heavy duty closed cell foam handles
Closed-cell foam such as ethylene vinyl acetate or EVA foam can typically withstand extreme temperature changes and harsh salt water conditions for long periods of time.
Now that you know a little more about the characteristics of fishing rods or rods in the sea, you can better decide which offshore saltwater rod is most likely to hold up on all of your catches. Make sure to check your state’s saltwater fishing regulations and purchase your fishing license online before leaving the dock.