Rod Choice

How do I know which saltwater fishing rod I need?

Your choice of salt water fishing rod is primarily dependant on what type of fish you will be attempting to catch. For Snapper, Groupers and other bottom feeding fish you will want a medium to heavy action graphite all purpose rod. This will be sufficient to meet any challenges for this type of fishing. When fishing the flats for fish like Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit your needs will change. In these areas you are using light tackle to catch some very large fish, sometimes in excess of one hundred pounds when fishing for Tarpon. These fish will often make runs of over one hundred yards or more. It is imperative you have a rod that will put maximum pressure on the fish while it runs. You need in these cases to tire the fish out as quickly as possible. If you are unable to do this you run the risk of getting spooled. When Bridge fishing, a common practice in the Florida Keys, you will need a very heavy rod. In this situation you are faced with large fish such as Sharks that are very close to large obstructions that can break your line. Here the premium is on being able to horse the fish away from danger areas, hence the requirement for a very stout rod. You will encounter some instances when fishing very shallow water that will require a very long cast as you do not want to spook the fish by getting to close to their position. In these instances an eight foot casting rod is often your best choice.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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