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Saltwater Fishing Rods and Reels

Updated on January 11, 2017

Salt Water Fishing Rods

My fishing rods. My salt water fishing rod is on the left.
My fishing rods. My salt water fishing rod is on the left. | Source

Other ways to Salt Water fish in Brevard County Florida

Salt Water Fishing off of docks is a great way to cast net for your bait fish. You will pay for your net in no time at all by getting your own bait fish. Also ask permission to fish off boat docks behind waterfront resorts/restaurants. There is some of the best fishing in Brevard County, Florida. There is an abundance of Saltwater Catfish, Snook, Red-drum and Trout under these docks.

Remember you need a Salt water fishing license to keep blue crabs and catch and release the ones smaller than four inches across the crabs back.

Zebco was also my first rod and reel.

Daiwa Reel Button

 6' medium Mitchell light spin cast with a DaiwaJ80X reel button
6' medium Mitchell light spin cast with a DaiwaJ80X reel button | Source

Salt Water Fishing Rods and Reels

My South Bend Proton  6'6'' telescopic rod is a lot of fun.
My South Bend Proton 6'6'' telescopic rod is a lot of fun. | Source
My telescopic reel
My telescopic reel | Source
The longer the rod the more flexible it is to cast far distances.
The longer the rod the more flexible it is to cast far distances. | Source
Most rods come apart in the middle for easy travelling.
Most rods come apart in the middle for easy travelling. | Source
Salt water fishing rods and reels are much bigger and sturdier for heavier fish.
Salt water fishing rods and reels are much bigger and sturdier for heavier fish. | Source
My Salt water Master reel
My Salt water Master reel | Source

Salt Water Fishing Rods

I will be comparing fiberglass, graphite and bamboo fishing rods. I will also be referring to telescopic rods and Zebco fishing rods for kids to learn with. I love a Bamboo rod myself and will explain why.

Zebco fishing rod and reels

I started out fishing with my Dad and brothers at the side of a creek, proudly holding a Zebco fishing pole and reel. I received that fishing rod for an Easter present when I was four years old. This is a great starter pole for a beginner fisher person because there is a button on the reel that you release when you whip the tip of the pole, from your shoulder, on your cast. It is a lot easier to teach, to cast, than opening a spinning reel.

This fishing rod is a light pole, usually made out of fiberglass, about four feet long, with a plastic handle. The fact that this fishing rod is a sturdy, stiff, durable rod and can be mishandled, forgotten outside in the weather makes it great for any kid to fish and have fun with.

The reel shown here is a Daiwa reel with a button on a light 6 foot medium graphite Composite Mitchell rod. This means there is a mix of graphite and fiberglass. If this rod was all graphite it would be too expensive to make. A great little pole for fooling around with 6-12 pound test line. Your kids will love it. I use it for sunfish, spotted sea trout, and if you get something bigger, than, you have a real fight on your hands to land that fish without snapping your pole.

Telescopic Fishing Rods

This South Bend Proton 6' 6'' telescopic rod and reel was also a birthday present from sister. She thought it would be easier to fly to Florida with when I retired my 26 foot motorhome. I did have a lot of fun with this pole even landing a turtle once. I thought I was going to snap it for sure but it was durable enough to land that catch. This little rod features a TSP reel with a gear ratio of 3.11 and can be loaded with 8 pound test line. So you can almost feel the fight I had to land that turtle without stripping those little ball bearings. A fun rod and reel that you can take camping or anywhere with you, is a TSP 300 Telescopic rod. Great for fresh water fishing also.

Fiberglass Salt Water Fishing Rods

Fiberglass fishing rods are mass produced in factories on machines so they are one of the cheaper pieces of fishing equipment to buy if you are just starting out to fish. These rods are durable and flexible and come in many different lengths and thickness.

The longer the rod the easier it is to cast out. So if you are casting a long ways out you might want a 10 or 12 foot fiberglass rod. The more guides or eyes it has on the rod the better. The eyes keep the line from rubbing on the rod and could cause the line to fray or snap. It is a good idea to replace broken eyes on your pole for this reason.

Charter fishing boats usually supply the fishing rods for you. These rods will be thick, short fiberglass/ graphite rods about 4 feet long. You just drop the hook over the side so you don't need the length for a cast. They are about a 1/2 inch thickness or more so they can endure the weight of a twenty pound Grouper.

The thicker the rod is at the base the stronger it is to land bigger fish . The base of fiberglass rods come with wood, rubber, cork, or can be made of graphite. I prefer the cork myself to stick my hook in when I am not using the rod. The longer the base is important also as it helps with leverage under your arm to land the big ones.

Most expensive poles are cast with a fiberglass/ graphite mix. An all graphite rod would be too expensive to make. You can order special salt water rods that have bigger eyes at the bottom, graphite bottoms, special string to hold on the eyes and special paint jobs with your initials. Thicker, thinner at the top, 15 foot poles for surf fishing. The sky is the limit for the professional sport fisherman.

Most fiberglass/graphite rods come apart into different lengths making it easier to pack on a boat or travel to your fishing spot with.

My Master salt water fishing rod was also a gift. It is an 8 foot graphite 705 rod with a master 4.0:1 gear ratio reel on it. The most used ratio for reels is 4.0 to 5.0. I can use up to 15-25 pound test line. This rod is stiff and does not cast out as good as my Bamboo rods.

TIP: Always load your line onto your reel with tension on the line. This will keep your line from snags and knots when you are casting and reeling in your fish.


Line Dancer If you own a spin rod you need to see this!

My Favorite Salt Water Fishing Rods are Bamboo

Bamboo fishing rods in salt water?
Bamboo fishing rods in salt water? | Source

Salt Water Bamboo Fishing Rods

Bamboo fishing rods today are very expensive because they are made by hand and take many man hours to produce one. My rods came from a friend who had them in his garage since the 1950. They both had large Daiwa reels on them that had been pitted from the salt and sand from either fishing or from the air in the garage.

The one rod was 10 feet in length with a cork bottom and was all one piece. The other rod was an 8 foot rod and it could be taken apart in the middle by a metal sleeve that inserted the top part of the pole. This pole also had a cork bottom.

The 8 foot rod that came apart was harder to cast out than the other 10 foot all one piece bamboo rod and this became my favorite rod.

This 10' rod was awesome. I could sail my cast ( with a 2 ounce weight) 25 yards to a honey hole of fish, I knew ,that was right off the corner of the dock, I was sitting on.

This rod was thinner at the top but never ever broke. I think it was this thin reed bamboo plus the feel of the wood in my hands that made this rod a thrill to fish with. Plus the fact it never ever failed me. I could tell instantly when the least, little movement to my hook was happening. Then I would pull the tip high with a quick jerk and hold the tip up there until I reeled the fish to the dock.

Bamboo is more flexible but endures the weather. The bamboo did not deteriorate sitting in the garage after all those years of none use. Bamboo is also sensitive to the movement of your hook, unlike any other rod I have used and those that have fished with bamboo know what I am talking about. I have had more fun and out fished lots of guys, on the dock, with these old bamboo rods, that they would laugh at, when they saw me coming out to fish.

I laughed also. Try Bamboo if you can afford it or get a friend to make you one.

TIP: Always rinse down your fishing rods well after salt water fishing. The salt in the air and the water does corrode cast aluminum which is what my Daiwa reels were made of. Then use a lubricant to keep them oiled up. Do not use WD40. WD40 is not an oil although fish oil is an ingredient because after a while it clumps and will ruin your reel.

TIP: Spray WD 40 on your lure or hook and you will catch more fish than your neighbor because it is made from fish oil.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You should try it @ChitrangadaSharan. It is the most exciting and relaxing day you could have with your family. Thank you for your comments. Have a great hubbing day.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a very useful and informative hub about fishing rods!

      You seem to be an expert in fishing. How exciting! I would like to try it some time in future. Your tips are very helpful.

      Thanks, voted up and shared on HP!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot b. Malin. It is easy to write about what you love. I appreciate the share.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Suzzycue, another informative Hub on Fishing that I will share with Lover Man. You go Girl, you have so many talents and Fishing is just one of them.

      Voting UP & Interesting.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Now that is a great compliment . I am a fishing nut and I love to talk to any other fishing nuts. Your grandson must be strong to kayak on the ocean. I remember one day I canoed on the Indian river and I had to call my neighbor to come and get me because the current was so strong I could not paddle back. Thanks for the memory and the comment Vickiw.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      You are such an amazing fisherwoman, Suzzycue! Wish my 17 year old grandson could meet you. He is a fishing nut too, and I mean that in the most admiring way! He has an ocean kayak, ties flies, smokes fish, and it is definitely a favourite thing to do, just as it is with you! I must show him your Hub! He will be so interested.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That I did not know. The best trick I used ,that never failed was to spit on the hook. Of course we always had a few brewskies while we fished and I guess the fish loved that as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by Alberic O and spit on your hook it is fun. LOL.

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      Alberic O 4 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      I love your last tip. I used cod liver oil for trout and it does wonders-smells like hell though. WD 40 is illegal in some waters though because it has petroleum extract.