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Phenix Rods Black Diamond 7'0" 20-60lb Moderate Fast taper saltwater rod
Expert Advice - Saltwater Rods
Choosing The Right Salt Water Rod
Finding a rod to go salt water fishing starts with three basic considerations: your experience, your preferred way of fishing and the type of fish you're after. You then have a choice of several styles of rods to get the job done.
How To Buy Salt Water Rods
There are two main types of rods--casting and spinning. The type of rod you buy depends as much on the reel you buy as the type of fishing that you plan to do.
Casting rods take a baitcasting/conventional reel
The reel and line are seated on top of the rod
A trigger grip, a grip that looks similar to a trigger on a gun, lets you hold the rod securely while releasing the thumb bar/line release
Spinning rods use a spinning reel
These rods have three main differences from casting rods:
The reel hangs from the bottom of the reel seat, and the line guides are on the bottom as well
The handle length is balanced against the rod's length
Triggers are not used on spinning rods
Length & weight
Length and weight depend on the type of fish that you want to catch and your fishing style. For casting situations, choose a longer rod for longer casts. For boat fishing the rod should be chosen to accommodate line weights that are appropriate for the fish you intend to catch.
Bottom-fishing rods run about 7 feet long and normally take 15 to 60-pound test line
These rods also usually take conventional reels
Boat rods run about 7 - 8 feet long and they handle 50-130-pound test lines
These also usually are for baitcasting reels
Surfcasting rods come in lengths from 6 to 15 feet
The length you need depends on how far you want to cast and what weight of lure you may be casting
A 10-foot surfcasting rod will allow you to throw a 2- to 4-ounce lure 200 feet easily
These rods work mainly with spinning reels
Action basically describes the way a rod is designed to perform when casting or reeling in a fish
It also relates to the lure or bait you need and the strength of the reel that should be used
The smaller the fish, the lighter the action that you'll need; the heavier the fish, the heavier the action that you should buy
Most manufacturers use terms such as ultra-light, light, medium-heavy or heavy
Lure and line weight also play into rod selection. The heavier these are, the longer and heavier the pole that you should buy.
How to buy combos
If you are new to fishing, combos are a great way to start. Manufacturers match the right reel with the right rod.
All you need to do is determine the type of fishing that you want to do and then find the combo that best suits your needs
Like anything else, the more features in a combo, as well as the more quality components, the more you will pay. A good combo, though, can provide a lifetime of fun.
Most rods today are made from either graphite or fiberglass, or a composition of these two materials.
Graphite has been refined over the years to provide lighter, more flexible rods that give you "sensitivity," a big plus in feeling when a fish begins to nibble on your bait
Fiberglass provides more durability than graphite but sacrifices some sensitivity and is heavier than graphite
Composites give you the best of both graphite and fiberglass-- the durability of fiberglass combined with the lightweight, power and sensitivity of graphite
A pistol grip is the shortest type of grip
It is contoured to the shape of your hand with a hook for your index finger
This hook helps in casting more accurately
A longer triggerstick is used for two-handed, longer casts
Materials come in two general styles - cork or EVA foam
Cork is a traditional material that has a good feel and solid grip
EVA foam offers more durability because it is more resistant to temperature changes and water wear
Line guides can be made of plastic, metal or ceramic, listed from least to best quality. These circles are positioned close to the rod's shaft to control fishing line.
In casting rods, line guides are positioned along the top of the rod. They are smaller to reduce the play in the line and allow for easier casting and quicker retrieve.
Spinning rods place the line guides along the rod's bottom. These guides get larger toward the base of the rod.
The number of line guides is determined by the rod's length as well as by the quality of the rod
Choosing The Right Salt Water Rod
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