Offshore Rod

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What are some things you should look for when buying a new rod IE Length, flexibility ect?

So, if you're planning to buy a new spinning rod and the brands Daiwa, Shimano, Pfleuger, Quantum ect don't exist. They're all just brandless labeless rods. What are some features you look for on them, like ^ length, flexibility, guide size, grip material ect.

All the rods are 2 piece with pre spooled reels.

1. What size rod do you want ??? What size lures and baits will you generally be using WITH that rod. What SPECIES of fish will you generally be fishing for?

Although "medium action" rods do cover a wide range of fishing situations, sometimes an ultra-light, medium-heavy or heavy-action rod will perform better. It all depends on the species of fish and WHERE you are going to fish.........

#2. Decide whether you REALLY need a 2 piece rod. In my opinion, unless you NEED your rod to break-down or the rod is a surf-fishing rod, (and is WAY too long to fit into a car), getting a 2 piece rod will always be a negative.

Don't get me wrong, 2 piece rods have come a long way since the days of metal ferrules, but 2 piece rods are still a "no no" in my book.

Understand that if you purchase a 2 piece rod, the rod has a significant EXTRA chance (50%) of failure. The old saying," a chain is only as strong as the weakest link" is very applicable to a 2 piece rod.

Which do you think would be stronger?- a solid piece of graphite? or 2 pieces of graphite fitted together? It's simple logic.........

So, unless you HAVE to purchase a 2 piece rod, DON'T!

3. Length- In my opinion, having a longer rod is almost always a good thing. A 7 FT medium action rod can put a fish in the boat almost as quick as a 6 FT medium-heavy rod due to "leverage".

Longer rod more leverage, (period).

The only time a long rod is detrimental is when your fishing in super-small, "tight", creeks or streams where casting can be an issue.

4. Cork or Foam grips- It is my opinion that most rods should have cork grips. I think cork grips are MUCH more comfortable and transmit strikes better than foam. In my opinion, the only rods that need or should have foam grips are Offshore rods and (possibly) Inshore Saltwater rods.

HOWEVER, it also depends on what KIND of foam core they are using and if they marry EVA foam with a nice cork. There are some VERY nice, (expensive), freshwater rods with excellent strike transmitting foam core/cork hybrid handles. It just depends on how MUCH the rod is worth and how they mesh the two together- Example of a great foam/cork handled rod? here- http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0053534123136a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=kistler&sort=all&Go.y=6&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=20&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

It's my opinion that cork handles are nicer than eva foam.......but you may like the latter.

4. Matched Combo's- Although you CAN stumble upon a decent matched combo, in general, it's always a better idea to purchase your reel & rod separately. When you purchase a matched combo you usually don't receive a spare spool, instruction manual, and (like I mentioned in your other Q), matched combo rods are usually "seconds".

What is a "second"? A second is a rod that does not meet inspection. It either has imperfections in the rod blank; has slightly mismatched guides; LESS guides; guides are lined up on the wrong side of the spline of the rod, Etc.

When I purchase ANY rod I first, grab the tip and slowly bend it , keeping the rod straight, (as if it was fighting a fish). If it pulls hard to the left or right the manufacturer has put the guides on the wrong side of the spline of the rod. A rod that easily bends without "rolling" would be one that is set right with the spline- here's a website with further info on looking for imperfections/spline issues- http://www.rodbuildingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=1737

I've seen BOXES of matched combo rods with spline issues!

Generally matched combo outfit's are (in the long run) not a serious option for the dedicated fisherman.

Purchasing a matched combo fishing outfit is like buying a set of the cheapest golf clubs you can find "off the rack"; or a tennis player purchasing a "matched tennis set" which included racket, balls and headbands!!!

You get what you pay for..........

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Offshore Angler 7 Redfish Extreme Casting Fishing Rod RFX7178 Fast Action
Offshore Angler 7 Redfish Extreme Casting Fishing Rod RFX7178 Fast Action
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Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 81 EXT H Offshore Blue 4343 FCL Labo
Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 81 EXT H Offshore Blue 4343 FCL Labo
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Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 70 H Pro Offshore Red 4480 FCL Labo
Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 70 H Pro Offshore Red 4480 FCL Labo
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Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 81 EXT M Offshore Green 4367 FCL Labo
Rod Spinning Ultimate Cast Model UC 81 EXT M Offshore Green 4367 FCL Labo
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Super Seeker SS 3 X 5 Offshore Conventional Rod
Super Seeker SS 3 X 5 Offshore Conventional Rod
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Fin Nor Sportfisher Offshore Trolling Fishing Rod fst5066h 66 50 80lb hvy act
Fin Nor Sportfisher Offshore Trolling Fishing Rod fst5066h 66 50 80lb hvy act
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130 Lbs 6 Japan Toray Carbon Off Shore Big Game Boat Trolling Sea Fishing Rod
130 Lbs 6 Japan Toray Carbon Off Shore Big Game Boat Trolling Sea Fishing Rod
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Megabass Trigya Offshore Jigging Custom T 511J spinning rod from Japan
Megabass Trigya Offshore Jigging Custom T 511J spinning rod from Japan
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Used Shimano Grappler BB B632 offshore jigging casting rod from Japan 300
Used Shimano Grappler BB B632 offshore jigging casting rod from Japan 300
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Fiblink Saltwater Offshore Heavy Trolling Fishing Rod Big Game Conventional Boat
Fiblink Saltwater Offshore Heavy Trolling Fishing Rod Big Game Conventional Boat
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Solid Roller Fishing Rod and Reel combo Great for offshore tuna marlin mahi
Solid Roller Fishing Rod and Reel combo Great for offshore tuna marlin mahi
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80lb Offshore Hollow Roller Rod  Reel Combo  1 Year Warranty
80lb Offshore Hollow Roller Rod Reel Combo 1 Year Warranty
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30 50 Lbs 7FT Offshore Big Game Saltwater Sea Fishing Jigging Boat Rod
30 50 Lbs 7FT Offshore Big Game Saltwater Sea Fishing Jigging Boat Rod
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Silver Rhino Saltwater Fishing Rod 30 50lbs Offshore Jigging Boat Rod 6ft 7ft
Silver Rhino Saltwater Fishing Rod 30 50lbs Offshore Jigging Boat Rod 6ft 7ft
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Offshore Angler POWER STICK 6 Med Lght Action Ocean Rod with Roller Tip
Offshore Angler POWER STICK 6 Med Lght Action Ocean Rod with Roller Tip
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3 OFFSHORE ANGLER FISHING ROD CUT OFFS FOR PARTS ONLY
3 OFFSHORE ANGLER FISHING ROD CUT OFFS FOR PARTS ONLY
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Offshore Angler Ocean Master Big Game Live Bait Rod 7 15 30lb GOOD COND
Offshore Angler Ocean Master Big Game Live Bait Rod 7 15 30lb GOOD COND
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Fenwick Seahawk Offshore SO 875S 2 2pc Spinning Rod 20 40lb test
Fenwick Seahawk Offshore SO 875S 2 2pc Spinning Rod 20 40lb test
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Saltwater Fishing Rod Heavy Trolling Offshore Conventional Boat Pole Lightweight
Saltwater Fishing Rod Heavy Trolling Offshore Conventional Boat Pole Lightweight
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S572H Spinning Offshore Jigging Rod New JAPAN Fishing
PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S572H Spinning Offshore Jigging Rod New JAPAN Fishing
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Sage ONE 1190 4 Fly Rod Light  Accurate Tarpon  Offshore Fly Rod
Sage ONE 1190 4 Fly Rod Light Accurate Tarpon Offshore Fly Rod
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Fiblink Saltwater Offshore Heavy Trolling Fishing Rod Big Game Conventional B
Fiblink Saltwater Offshore Heavy Trolling Fishing Rod Big Game Conventional B
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Used Major Craft Crostage CRJ B66TR offshore Tai Rubber casting rod Japan 644
Used Major Craft Crostage CRJ B66TR offshore Tai Rubber casting rod Japan 644
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Used Major Craft Crostage CRC 70ML saltwater offshore jig casting rod Japan 713
Used Major Craft Crostage CRC 70ML saltwater offshore jig casting rod Japan 713
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S602M OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S602M OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S602H OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S602H OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S532M OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S572ML OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S632H OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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PRO MARINE JIG FIGHTER S532MH OFFSHORE JIGGING ROD SPINNING MODEL WITH TRACKING
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