Deep sea fishing is like no other experience you will ever have. If you love to fish, than you will absolutely love deep sea fishing. When you want the biggest game fish and the best fishing options (you are just about guaranteed to catch something) the ocean is the way to go. Choosing the right rod is one of the most important things you can do before you set out. The right equipment is imperative for deep sea fishing. It is a salt water environment that can really cause some damage to tools and equipment that are not made for that environment.
The right rod is going to make all the difference in the success of your expedition.
You have to have a good sturdy saltwater reel anything less will leave you frustrated and stuck without a reliable reel on hand. Are you trophy fishing or just casting a line and seeing what bites? Of course most people have to consider their budget as well. If you have information about the area you will be fishing like is there a reef or a shelf nearby, are there plants, mounds and any underwater structures? This can help you to determine which rod will serve you best.
What to Look For
Once you have figured out the basics of what you will be fishing for and where you will be fishing the next step is to get to know the differences in the rods. The basics are as follows when it comes to pricing:
- When you pay more you get more (this is true of rods) but keep in mind when you are paying more you are paying for very specific features that you may not use which is why it is important to decide what you will be using the rod for or you may not get your money’s worth.
- When you pay less you lose some of the versatility BUT if you are not avid, don’t think you will go out much than you do not want to waste money on something you will not really use.
- Versatility counts! Look for medium weight rods that can be used in different environments. You do not want to use a monster sized rod if you are going after smaller low lying fish.
We looked at quite a few rods and reels and discussed them with pros to see what their take on the matter was and what we have come up with as the perfect combo for anyone that is just getting started in deep sea fishing is the:
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Road (8-20-Pound Test)
combined with the Penn Battle II 5000 reel
Why do we love this combination? First off if you after a versatile rod/reel combination than this is the combination you need. It is not a trophy rod but the Ugly Stik offers plenty of strength and can easily handle 20 pounders without flinching. This versatile rod is well made and can easily stand up to plenty of use. It offers 6.6 feet of spinning power and has a nice durable EVA handle. The rod is one piece which adds to its durability. It is a great medium weight rod that will serve you well.
We choose the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel as the ideal mate for the Ugly Stik. The Penn Battle II offers 6 bearings and a full metal body construction. It has carbon fiber washers which really adds to the durability. Combined these two are a great option for any novice or anyone that want a versatile rod/reel combination. They balance each other out nicely and we love the price point.
For the Trophy Fish
The rod reel combination above is great for the hobbyist, novice or someone that is looking for a versatile combination that will serve them in many different settings however if you are a trophy angler than you are going to need a rod that can hold the weight. If you are new to competition fishing you will want to choose a rod that is going to help you to do well without breaking the bank.
We love the Ugly Stik Big Water Roads.
They measure from 7-10 feet has a super sensitive tip but offer reliable strength for the big trophy fish. It is a heavy fly rod that is ideal for saltwater and even river fishing. Pair the Ugly Stik BWR rods with a Penn SpinFisher Reel…
…and you will have a dependable combination that will help you reel em in each and every time. The combo will cost you about double what you would pay for the combo mentioned above but if you are competing or just trying to snag the big boys than you will need something that can hold up to the struggle. The Ugly Stik BWR rods get rave reviews from all the anglers that have reviewed them. You can’t go wrong.
Hundreds of Options
There are probably at least 100 different rod options and it can be rough trying to figure out which rod to spring for but if you keep what you want to do with the rod in the forefront you will be sure to choose a rod that is well suited to your pursuits. There are some really monster rods out there and there are some rods that we are not really sure how they are classified as deep sea or offshore because they are smallish.
If you are unsure about bottom conditions or what is amply available in the area you will be fishing you cannot go wrong with a medium weight rod and a good reel it will carry you through many different fishing situations. It is always best to go moderate when choosing a rod!