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The Best Offshore Rods For Deep Sea Fishing

Updated on December 13, 2010

We all know that since fishing rods are ideally designed as effective fishing tools in catching fish, they should be able to handle the weights of the fish it is designed to catch. With that, we can infer why offshore fishing rods are stronger than surf rods and why surf rods are stronger than fly fishing rods. Just imagine the difference between marlins and red snappers when it comes to size and weight. So if you’ll be going out into the open sea to haul up tuna, salmon, shark and other big fish, you’ve got to make sure of the offshore rods you’ll be picking.

Here’s how to choose the right offshore rod for you.

If you wonder why offshore rods come in different lengths even though they are all designed to be taken out to sea, here’s why – it all comes down to the fish you want to catch. If you’re aiming for heavy catches, you’ll benefit most from shorter offshore rods that pack in more power and give you better control when it comes to hauling up heavy fish. The longer ones are for those times when you want to have a better reach over the water. However, longer ones are also those that bend more and are designed to handle medium weights if not medium to heavy weights. There are saltwater fish that can weigh as much as hundreds of pounds so you better know what it takes to get what you want to catch.

When it comes to the construction of the rod, it’s always best to go for materials such as fiberglass and graphite which are lightweight yet tough as steel. These materials are also resistant to the corrosive effects of sea water so you can be sure to enjoy rods made from these for a long time.

Here are some of the best offshore rods for the best chances of a good deep water haul.

Okuma NOMAD Travel Casting Rod
Okuma NOMAD Travel Casting Rod

Okuma NOMAD Travel Casting Rod

One of the best brands when it comes to competitive fishing equipment brings you this offshore rod that is among the best sellers in the fishing population. This rod allows you to catch more fish with its two different action tips that gives you more versatility. It features two ALPS reels seats made of anodized iron, stainless steel line guides for absolute fishing line smoothness and zirconium inserts that absorb shock in the case of using braided fishing lines. This rod is very convenient to bring along for travelers because it breaks down in three pieces and stores easily into a waterproof case of its own. But even with the separate sections, this rod still gives a solid and reliable one-piece feel with the European rubberized spigot ferrule connections. You can catch this offshore rod in different lengths from 6 feet and 6 inches (medium to heavy) to 7 feet (light to medium).

Wild Water Fly Fishing 10 Weight, 9 Foot 4 Piece Saltwater Fishing Rod
Wild Water Fly Fishing 10 Weight, 9 Foot 4 Piece Saltwater Fishing Rod

Wild Water Fly Fishing 10 Weight, 9 Foot 4 Piece Saltwater Fishing Rod

If you’ve been having trouble catching stubborn fighting fish, now’s the time to get yourself an offshore rod that will enable you to handle big and tough encounters better. This offshore rod from Wild Water Fly Fishing features a large grip to give you a better hold and control of the rod, a fighting butt that adds strength to the rod and a secure reel seat that keeps the reel safely in place even in the toughest of targets. This rod is also designed for fast action so you don’t have to put up much with the difficulty posed by vigorous fish. Aside from that, this rod is resistant to saltwater and breaks down into four parts which stores easily in its own rod case for your convenience.

Shakespeare One-Piece Heavy Action Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Spinning Rod, 7-Feet
Shakespeare One-Piece Heavy Action Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Spinning Rod, 7-Feet

Shakespeare One-Piece Heavy Action Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Spinning Rod, 7-Feet

There are three words that aptly describe the brand Shakespeare and those are quality, convenience and affordability. Take this Shakespeare One-Piece Heavy Action Ugly Stik Tiger Lite Spinning Rod for example: it is made of super light yet durable graphite that are great for providing easy control. It measures 7 feet long which give you just the right balance between reach and strength so you don’t have to worry about hauling up the big ones. This rod also features double-footed Fuji aluminum line guides for keeping your line smooth along with rust-proof stainless steel frames. In order to give you a better hold on the rod, this rod also has cork material on its handle. This one can handle weights ranging from 14 to 40 pounds so it’s great for both offshore fishing and surf fishing.

14 Ft 9 in Saltwater Telescoping Rod & Spinning Reel Combo
14 Ft 9 in Saltwater Telescoping Rod & Spinning Reel Combo

14 Ft 9 in Saltwater Telescoping Rod & Spinning Reel Combo

This offshore fishing rod by Gone Fishing Telescoping Spinning Rod measures 14 feet and 9 inches long so it’s great for those who want to have a long reach over the water. This one is great for those who want to catch medium sized off shore as well as those who want to stay along the coastlines. This offshore rod is the baitcasting type which delivers more accurate casting and is designed for heavy action. It is made from fiberglass which gives just the right amount of strength and flex to provide you with good control. It also features metal, plastic and ceramic eyelets that guide the fishing line so it stays smooth. You can also get a very nice bargain when you get this rod because it already comes with a reel with matching quality. This one is a winner even with experienced fishermen.

Shimano FXC 2 Piece Casting Rod
Shimano FXC 2 Piece Casting Rod

Shimano FXC 2 Piece Casting Rod

A Shimano is a treasure for any serious angler and this one is something you’ll surely love and be able to keep for several years. This offshore rod is made of aeroglass that’s saltwater-resistant and that won’t break even with the most stubborn of fishes. The material also makes this rod very sensitive so you can instantly feel what’s going on at the other side of the line and if there’s a catch tugging. It’s designed for medium weights and for fast action so you have better chances of bringing home bucketfuls. This rod also has other great features that ensure your convenience better chances of catching a lot such as its locking graphite reel seat that secures the reel no matter what, sturdy aluminum oxide line guides that keep your fishing line smooth and EVA foams that cushion your hands and prevent blisters. This is one great rod you can use for offshore fishing as well as trolling and surf fishing and it comes in length ranging from 6 feet (medium) to 7 feet (medium).


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