Are you currently researching the bewildering range of available sea fishing rods? I know as well as most how complicated and confusing it can be!
Don't worry, help is at hand. Bear the following simple points in mind and you'll be enjoying sea fishing success in no time!
5 crucial hints and tips to consider when buying sea fishing rods:
- Think about where you're going to be fishing.
Will you be fishing primarily from the beach, or mainly from a boat in the deep sea?
The type of rod depends on the type of catch, which in turn depends on the setting.
One thing for sure is that you'll need a heavier, stronger rod for sea fishing, because the fish are naturally heavier, larger and stronger than freshwater fish.
The type of fish you intend to catch should inform the decision about the type of rod you buy.
- Consider the material your new rod will be made from.
Sea fishing rods are usually made out of either fiberglass or graphite.
Both graphite and fiberglass are strong enough for sea fishing but also light enough to handle for long periods of time. They aren't prone to rusting in salt water like other metals.
While graphite may not be pliable it has durability and is not too heavy to handle.
You've maybe fished with graphite rods before, but those made for sea fishing are longer, wider and denser.
Another excellent material for sea fishing rods is fiberglass. In fact, many prefer it to graphite as it bends more easily, which makes landing large fish easier.
It's true that fiberglass generally doesn't last as long as graphite, but as long as you get some good solid use out of your rod you won't find it a problem.
- A rod is only as good as the tackle it accompanies.
No type of fishing rod is worth a dime without tackle, and sea fishing rods are no exception. Certain rods work well with certain kinds of tackle, and certain types of tackle work well with certain kinds of fishing rods.
As with the choice of rod, the choice of tackle is very much dependent on the type of catch you're going for and where you intend fish.
- What techniques will you use?
Not all fish and fish habitats require the same fishing techniques.
It's vital to carefully consider the types of fishing technique you'll be employing when sea fishing, when choosing your next sea fishing rod.
- Research, research, research.
The vast array of styles, brands, materials and accessories available for sea fishing rods is staggering.
My advice: don't skimp on your research.
Use the Internet to browse the available range. Check out online fishing stores to find out what you can get for your budget.
There are also numerous magazines and articles that can be helpful to you when making decision about which rod suits you.
And, if you have the chance, talk to experienced fishermen (or women). You'll receive no better advice than from people who are experts with sea fishing rods.
Follow my pointers above to make a good, informed choice.