Re: Rod type
Boat rod - shorter and heavier then a rod that needs to cast longer distances. You usually just drop the bait straight down or toss it out a short way - no need to throw 30 to 100 yards or more. Usually built for conventional reels but sometime set up spinning.
Stand Up - made to fight large strong fish like shark and tuna using a belt harness, forget casting it at all. Baits are generally drifted out from the boat in a chum or chunk slick, artificials are trolled.
Surf - made to be able to cast bait or plugs a good distance. The rods can be anywhere usually between 7 and 15 feet long or longer.
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