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The Best Trolling Rods For Offshore Fishermen

Updated on December 16, 2010

If you’re a beginner when it comes to fishing, you might be overwhelmed by the almost endless selection of fishing rods for different fishing styles. There are fly fishing rods, spincast rods, spinning rods, baitcast rods, telescoping rods, surf rods and lots more. There are those that are designed for multiple purposes like the Okuma Nomad and there are those that come with different ratings for action and line and all of them come at varying lengths. So which one is the best choice? The answer is that none of them can be considered singly as the best because no single fishing rod can be an excellent tool for all types of fishing. For example, fly fishing rods may be great for freshwater fishing but they won’t be able to handle heavy saltwater catches. On the other hand, deep sea fishing rods may be perfect for hauling up fish that weigh up to 50 pounds or more but they may not be able to provide enough reach and flex when it comes to lake fishing.

Now, at this point, we’ll be discussing the best choice when it comes to trolling. Trolling is a style of offshore fishing in which you sit on the rear side of the boat and hope for a catch while the boat is moving along the water or to and fro sideward. The idea of trolling is to lure those large fishes that love to run after their prey that is why the boat must keep on moving so that the bait can attract attention.

Since trolling is basically saltwater fishing, what you will need are rods that will be durable enough for catching giant fishes such as tuna, marlin, sharks and the like. Trolling rods are usually rated medium to light action. What we mean by action here is the flex so it means that trolling rods should bend moderately, if not lightly. If your rod bends too much, it’s either you won’t be able to haul up your fish or end up with the fish getting away with half of your fishing rod. Also, graphite may be a popular material when it comes fishing rods of all sorts, but when it comes to trolling rods, it will be better if you choose one that’s made of a combination of graphite and some flexible materials which will make it stronger. To cut the story short, here are some trolling rods you should check out for yourself to see what the good ones are made of.

Daiwa Wilderness Trolling Rods Model: 9' 0" M (WLDR 902MR)
Daiwa Wilderness Trolling Rods Model: 9' 0" M (WLDR 902MR)

Daiwa Wilderness Trolling Rods Model: 9' 0" M (WLDR 902MR)

Daiwa is one of the most respected names in the fishing equipment manufacturing industry for its high quality products that give the best performance when it comes to the activities they are designed for. Take this trolling rod for example. This rod is made of durable and lightweight fiberglass which has enough strength and flexibility for easily hauling up saltwater game fish. It also has Fuji reel seats made of lightweight graphite. To keep your line evened out, this rod also features line guides made of aluminum oxide. To add to your convenience, the rod has a rubber butt end and EVA foams on the handle to give you a firmer grip and to provide you with protection against friction and blisters.

Eagle Claw Starfire Medium Light Cast Troll Rod (2 Piece)
Eagle Claw Starfire Medium Light Cast Troll Rod (2 Piece)

Eagle Claw Starfire Medium Light Cast Troll Rod (2 Piece)

As sure as an eagle knows how to snatch the preys it sees, this trolling rod has all that it takes to catch deep sea targets while trolling. This rod is specially designed for trolling with its durable composite construction that gives you the precise action for hauling up mackerel and other saltwater fish. The rod breaks down into two pieces which allows for easier storing. You can easily bring this along in your backpack and it won’t even be a problem because it’s lightweight too. This rod also includes aluminum oxide guides for your fishing line plus tough and lightweight graphite reel seats to secure your trolling reel even with tough encounters. You can use this great fishing rod whether you’re going fishing on big lakes or you’re going trolling in the open water. Now that’s like having several fishing rods in one with the many applications this rod is capable of.

Tidewater 3/0 6'6'' Trolling Rod
Tidewater 3/0 6'6'' Trolling Rod

Tidewater 3/0 6'6'' Trolling Rod

If you’re looking for a superior fishing rod that will give you the best quality and performance even if you’re in a tight budget, just look for Shakespeare – the brand known by fishing enthusiasts for its affordable yet high quality fishing equipment. The Tidewater 3/0 6'6'' Trolling Rod from Shakespeare is made of a durable bled of materials specially suited for deep sea fishing and heavy saltwater fish and it measures 6 feet and 6 inches long so it also gives you a good reach over the water. This rod can handle hauls of up to 50 feet and it will keep your trolling reel secure with its sturdy graphite Fuji reel seat and it also keeps your line clean and smooth with its reliable line guides. As for the convenience, this rod gives you a handle that’s cushioned up to the butt so your hands say protected and maintain a good grip on the rod when you get those strong tugs.

Okuma Great Lakes Trolling Rod / Reel Combo
Okuma Great Lakes Trolling Rod / Reel Combo

Okuma® Great Lakes Trolling Rod / Reel Combo

It’s hard to predict the performance of a certain rod and reel tandem unless you try it for yourself. To improve your chances of getting the best performance, it is always recommended that you go for the tried and tested brands such as the ones in this list. One of the brands that will never be out of anglers’ minds when you say the word, “quality” is Okuma. So if you want a surefire rod and reel combination to improve your chances of getting more fish, why not go for a combo? Okuma brings you this high quality trolling rod with a matching trolling reel to enable you to go trolling without requiring you to think of a good duo. The trolling rod is made of E-glass which is tough enough to get this rod a medium rating. It has light action for heavy fish such as salmon and has hooded reel seats made of stainless steel to keep the reel locked in and protected. This rod also won’t be complete without aluminum oxide line guides and EVA foam grips that add to this rod’s performance and convenience. As for the trolling reel that comes with it, it gives you smooth functioning with its two stainless steel ball bearings and superior line security with its multi-disc line drag.

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit
Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit

Here’s another fishing rod out of a kit from Okuma that’s ready for trolling action. This rod is made of graphite composite which makes it stronger than ordinary graphite fishing rods so it won’t break when you start hauling up those saltwater game fish. It measures 6 feet which gives you light action, just enough flexibility to still enable it to withstand even the giddiest of fishes and just enough reach over the water. It also comes with a stainless steel hooded reel seat that keeps your reel secured while giving it protection. This rod is lightweight too and breaks into five sections which make it easier for storing. This rod also features ceramic inserts that help absorb shock. When you get this kit, you also get a matching reel that gives you the same outstanding performance you’ll get from the rod. The size 20 reel gives you smooth action and reliable drag just as what you would expect from its other Okuma brothers. This one will get you up and ready for the open sea.


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