Fishing rods have come a long way from a stick with a string on it. Advances in technology have given the world new, more durable materials to produce fishing rods, and the market has boomed. There are lightweight rods for fishing in rivers and lakes. There are slightly heavier and more flexible rods for fly fishing. Then there are the big, strong rods for deep sea fishing.
Deep sea fishing is like hunting for big game. You wouldn’t take a slingshot to hunt big animals, so don’t take a lightweight rod to catch big fish. That’s the point of deep sea fishing, catching big fish like giant halibut; large sea bass and marlin. You can even deep sea fish for shark. A lightweight rod is definitely not going to snag “Jaws”.
How Big, How Long and How Strong?
So, how do you choose a deep sea fishing rod? Surf the Internet. I’m not kidding; you can buy deep sea fishing rods online. In addition, the World Wide Web is a deep well of information. Even if you don’t buy from the Internet, you can use it to study the different types and styles and to compare prices. You can also decide what accessories you want and need to go with the rod.
In addition to the Internet, you can visit stores that sell fishing equipment, particularly stores that specialize in ocean fishing. The personnel in these stores are incredibly knowledgeable, can help with equipment and answer questions. If you’re lucky, you’ll run into an experience angler in the store and get some up-to-date, been-there information.
Understanding The Fishing Rod Materials
The Internet and the experts will probably name graphite as the best material for deep sea fishing rod, especially for a heavy-duty rod. At first you might think a graphite rod is too light, but that’s the advantage of graphite. It is lightweight and strong. This material is strong enough to withstand the fight between man and fish, and yet light enough so that the fisherman won’t tire as easily.
Graphite is used to make other fishing rods, too, including fly fishing rods, which are light and flexible. The material for a deep sea fishing rod is the same as the fly fishing rod, but the deep sea rod is longer, wider and denser than its fly fishing counterparts.
Fiberglass is another good material for deep sea fishing rods. Fiberglass provides more flexibility, but still has the strength to survive the struggle between human and fish. Fiberglass rods don’t last as long as the graphite ones, but still last a long time. With a fiberglass rod, you can enjoy many, many hours of deep sea fishing before you have to contemplate purchasing another one.
Whether you buy a graphite rod or a fiberglass one, do your homework. The last thing you want on your deep sea fishing adventure is to hook a giant halibut and discover your rod can’t handle the weight. Understand the choices then choose wisely, and you’ll have the adventure of your dreams.