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Selecting Surf Rods:

The most specialized component in a surf anglers tackle arsenal is the surf rod.

The surf rods come in lengths from 10 to 15 feet long; these rods are designed to throw baits longer distances to the backside of the breakers (zone 3). Surf rods also vary by rod action. Each manufacturer has his own standards for grading rod blanks. So be sure to have a general idea of the type of action you desire. The vast majority of surf rods on the market will be rated as follows:

Medium (1-3 ounces casting weight, 12-20 pound-test line)
Med-Heavy (2-5 ounces casting weight, 15-25 pound-test line)
Heavy (3-6 ounces casting weight, 20-50 pound-test line)

The only way to decide what type of rod suits your fishing style is to try a variety before you buy.

The first considerations should be length; your own rod must not overpower you. If you cant load the longer rod and the comfort level is bad try the shorter rods 10 to 12 feet.

The second consideration should be action, the more weight you tend to throw the heavier the action.

The third consideration is the type of material and type of rod. The major manufacturers use fiberglass & graphite and each has its own characteristics. Fiberglass rods are more durable than graphite, but much heavier and less sensitive. Graphite rods have a greater ability to transfer energy from the caster to the lure or sinker and are more sensitive, but you give up durability. The cost is going to be more for a quality graphite rod although composite (fiberglass wrapped with graphite) rods are becoming more affordable.

Then you must decide spinning or conventional, one, two or three pieces. In the past two-piece rods used metal ferrules that do not flex and would rust together, now with fiberglass and graphite ferrules that problem is eliminated. Most anglers cannot find any difference in performance with the modern 2 and 3 piece rods vs 1-piece rods.

Then you must decide spinning or conventional, one, two or three pieces. In the past two-piece rods used metal ferrules that do not flex and would rust together, now with fiberglass and graphite ferrules have that problem eliminated. Most anglers cannot find any difference in performance with the modern 2 and 3 piece rods vs 1-piece rods. Conventional rods are favored by anglers who cast heavier baits and many of these anglers prefer reel seats 6 to 8 inches from the butt of the rods so that the spool can be controlled while casting and it really is a more natural and comfortable way to cast. Not to mention once the rod is in the rod belt it is easier to wind and control the fish compared to a spinning rod.

No rod is ever better than the components that make it up. So always look for quality guides, reel seats and hypalon grips. If you dont you will be replacing them in a short amount of time if you tend to throw heavier baits.

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