Characteristics of a good rod

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by f155mph, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. f155mph

    f155mph New Member

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    So when you are in the market for new rod what should you look for?
     
  2. f155mph

    f155mph New Member

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    Oh yeah where can you buy a Surge rod?
     

  3. Cuda

    Cuda Active Member

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    You need one with backbone to hold onto any big fish that bites your hook. I fish from a boat I like 6'3" musky rods that are rated for 40# line. I use 30# XP 8# dia on most of my reels. I have 50 ld on some too.
     
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  4. bigd4xman

    bigd4xman New Member

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    You need something with a steady bend when the fish is running or when your bending it testing it out. Medium Heavy is the old standby for strength. Stainless guides with good inserts if you are using mono. Plenty of guides on a casting rod or a large first guide for a spinning rod.
    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN FISHIN'!!!:cool2:
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I bank fish, so I use long rods...I look for rods 12foot long or longer....I need them to be stiff cause I will be casting up to 12 ounce sinker 80 yds..

    I also do not want a tip guide with out an insert, even with Mono if my tip guide does not have a ceramic insert, I will quickly put a grove in it, and it will cut my line.

    If I could afford custom built rods in this length I would have them.

    But I use the ugly stick bigwater, and american spirit nite stick.
     
  6. catma

    catma New Member

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    i use a sturdy stick and there great for flathead thay handle 8oz with no problem if you break em ur doin somethin wrong and there only like 20 bucks