HOW TO CHOOSE A SURF FISHING ROD
It is amazing how the quality and effectiveness of surf fishing rods constantly improves. And while that is a good thing, it also presents a big problem for beginners. With so many surf fishing rods on the market, it may appear difficult for a beginner to choose the right one. I love surf fishing and I’ve compiled some points to help you choose the right surf fishing rod if you are just getting started.
One of the most important considerations for choosing a surf rod is the length. Surf rods usually have a length of 9 to 14 feet. Longer surf fishing rods are designed to help you cast further, allowing you to reach targets beyond the waves. As a beginner, it’s better to get started with a shorter surf fishing rod. Most anglers usually go with rods that are 10 to 12 feet long.
The action of a rod is its ability to bend under pressure. When a rod has fast action, it will bend nearer the tip. A slow action will bend closer to the centre of the rod. The action of the rod will affect your fishing technique, including how you set the hook right through to how far you can cast. Fast action rods are great for single hooks while slower action rods are great for treble hooks. As a beginner, it is best to start with a medium action rod.
Power is the strength of a rod or its ability to lift. Power ratings range from light to heavy. The most popular type of surf rod is the medium-heavy rod because it is a versatile choice suitable for a wide range of species, skill level and technique. I always recommend a medium-heavy rod for surf fishing beginners.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
Apart from length, action and power, there are a number of other points to consider when choosing your surf fishing rod. Here are just a few of them…
Handles and reel seats: Handles and reel seats are also important factors when choosing a rod. I recommend looking for a rod with a graphite reel seat since it’s non-corrosive. Handles should be durable as well as providing excellent comfort.
Live bait fishing: When surf fishing on live baits, I recommend going for a medium-fast action rod that suits larger baits and heavier sinkers.
Lures: If you are planning to fish with lures, I recommend a fast action rod. A fast action rod will help to give you the sensitivity that is often required when fishing on lures.
Fishing from the beach is a little tricky at the best of times. Even those with years of experience will tell you the same. As with most fishing techniques, it is better to start with fishing tackle that is somewhere in the middle ground until your skills improve and you have a better understanding of your preferences. As a beginner, the best way to choose your rod, and reel, is to go with a surf fishing combo. That way you know you have a rod and reel that are suitable for each other and will cover your needs as you learn.
Is there anything you can add to help a beginner choosing the most appropriate surf fishing rod?