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Striper world record holder Al Mcreynolds with his
son Al Jr. at home prior to another successful fishing excursion
Saltwater rod Manufacturers
First question to ask yourself is what type of fishing will I be doing mostly? In case your thinking will one rod be versatile enough for all aplications the answer is NO!
Are you chunking bait? Fresh water fishing? Saltwater fishing? Surf, Jetty, Bridge, Boat, Pier? Plugging with plastics, light plugs, resins, tins, woods?
Lets start out with bait rods. Many casual fishermen and newcomers to the sport will be doing what is known as deadsticking. Lawn chair, sand spike, beer cooler and radio for the ball game. If you dont have to get out there too far an 8 to 10 foot rod will work well for this type of fishing.
Bait rods are stiffer and heavier, and are manufactured in many different sizes and ratings. For chunking bait like cut mackeral, cut bunker and clam bellies with up to a 4 ounce sinker a rod that is rated 2 to 6 ounce and uses 12 to 25 pound test line is a decent choice. Heavier (heaver type) rods will throw bigger pieces and heavier sinker weights. For example casting rods that are known as 8 and bait. and 12 to 15 foot in length. These rods are popular in the Carolinas where getting past the breakers is paramount to catching fish so a distance cast here is important. Hence the Hatteras heaver type sticks.
A little technical discussion
Four parameters that characterize the rod should be taken in consideration when selecting a rod:
Material, Action, Length and Power
The rod material and the quality of rod guides.
The high-performance and high quality rods are produced from solid carbon fiber or high-density carbon fibers.
The middle class rods are produced from high-density fiber composite materials.
The place between high and middle class rod is occupied by reinforced by cross winding fiber rods such as the Powerstick rods.
The strength of the rod material is measured in modulus. The higher modulus, the lighter and more sensitive the rod is. Usually the inserts of the rod guides are produced from very durable materials. The line running through the guide must not cut the inserts. The friction between the line and the guide must be minimal. Due to the fact that the line is subject only to minimal friction in the guides, even long distance casts are possible without damaging the line. Good quality rods are equipped with the SIC (silicon-carbon) or titanium inserts. Avoid the rods with the cheap (sometimes plastic) inserts in the guides. The guides must be distributed as even as possible along the rod.
A long rod gives you possibility to cast further with more accuracy and allows to cast lighter baits.
A short rod works better in close waters and enables to set the bait quicker. Transport (assembled) length is also important particularly when travel and hiking. Telescopic rods are very convenient in these situations. But Keep the telescopic rods for panfishing.
The term "Action" defines the rod flexibility. Take a rod and make sharp vertical move with your wrist. Watch the behavior of the rod. Fast-action – only the tip "plays"
Middle-action – the tip and the part of the rod behind it "plays"
Slow-action- all length of the rod reacts on your move.
The fast-action rod is more flexible and sensitive. It also gives possibility to set the bait quicker. G Loomis makes a very good quality rod. The slow-action rod is better for light baits casting. It is also better in fighting fish.
The term "Power" defines the rod possibility to bend under a given weight or, in other words, the rod stiffness. It needs much more force to bend a heavy-power rod than light-power one. We have heavy power Eagle claw rods available.The power you need from the rod depends on the weight of the bait and the size of the fish you suppose to catch.
You should also pay attention on the material and the length of the handle and the quality of the reel seat, when selecting the rod.