In recent years, surf fishing rods and reels have gone through something of a transformation. When I first started surf fishing rods were around 11 feet long, and built from hollow fiberglass blanks. By today's terms they were heavy, as were the reels we used with them. All this has changed ...
This change for the better has been driven by our demand for surf casting outfits that can cast huge distances, and made possible by modern materials and advanced construction techniques.
Today's manufacturers of hi-tech surf fishing rods use the latest carbon fiber technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to produce rods that are both extremely strong and unbelievably light.
But it doesn't end there. Both power and rod action can be precisely built-in to meet the modern surf angler's demands for ever increasing distance capability and repeatable accuracy.
These developments have paved the way for longer, slimmer and lighter rods whilst at the same time losing none of the power for dealing with hard-fighting fish.
Surf fishing rods of 13ft or more are now regularly seen on the beach, with anglers of even modest casting ability achieving distances that would have won competitions a few years ago.
Like all saltwater fishing outfits, surf rods and reels - and lines - must be properly matched to achieve the best results.
The primary requirement of a surfcasting out is to cast a baited rig a very long way. OK, sometimes you'll find the fish fairly close to the shoreline, but more often than not you'll have to get your bait well out to get amongst them.
For this to happen on a regular basis it's essential that your choice of rod, reel and line is optimised as a single, balanced unit. And this is why top quality surf fishing rods are designed for used with a either a spinning reel or a multiplier reel - but not both.
Surf fishing rods designed for use with spinning reels will be clearly marked as such. These rods will have fewer, but larger line guides than one designed for use with a multiplier (conventional or baitcast) reel.
So, conversely, a surf fishing rod designed to be used with a multiplier reel has relatively small diameter rod rings, but there are more of them and - as a result - they're more closely spaced.
Of course to be absolutely sure that your surf rod and reel does match, then perhaps you should think about a combo.
If it's a product of a well-known brand then you can be sure that they're well matched.
It's a fact that the very best in surf rods and reels don't come cheap, and it's also true that high-end technology can achieve remarkable results.
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