Before you head out to enjoy a day of fun in the sun and on/near the water fishing, you should make sure that you have the right equipment to actually help you get it. The key feature to focus on? A fishing rod, of course. After all, the type of fish that you’re going for is going to require a specific kind of rod. Not to mention that the right fishing rod can help make your entire experience much better.
The length of your fishing rod does matter
As you can imagine, you can get any kind of rod length that you’re looking for. When you want to get it right, you need to focus on where you’re fishing from. If find yourself on a boat in Galveston Bay, or anywhere else where you are looking at offshore fishing, you’ll find a longer rod with a longer, deeper casting ability is going to be best.
If, however, you’re looking at fishing near shore, on the shore or a pier, you could consider a shorter rod that won’t offer up as much bend in the pole when you are reeling in the fighting fish.
Focus on materials
To keep your rod intact and your casting and reeling as smooth as possible, you’ll want to take a look at the materials of your fishing rod as well.
The two main options to choose from are: graphite and fiberglass.
Fiberglass rods are recommended for beginners or those that are looking for a more general experience. They’re strong rods that are durable when dealing with a tough fish, but this heavier composition does mean that they are a little heavier.
Graphite rods have more rigidity and sheer power as a result, simply because they’re very strong against a pull and lightweight.
For the best of both worlds, you could look at a combination of the two in one rod. This is often preferred for most anglers looking for the traits of both rods.
Keep your end goal in mind
As briefly mentioned, you’ll want to remember that different kinds of rods are recommended for different kind of fishing. Fly fishing, for example, uses a rod about 11-16 feet long in order to allow for the proper casting technique. The length that you go for often will determine what kind of fish that you are hoping to catch.
It can be a process
Just like with anything new, it may take you a while to get a feel for what you like best. Maybe you prefer the heavier weight of a fiberglass rod. Perhaps you like the shorter 7-foot rods instead of the longer 11-foot ones.
You should always go with a fishing rod that is going to offer you the most comfort personally, while still getting you the kind of fish that you’re looking for. When you are comfortable using your rod — and you’ve put in the time to understanding its tricks — you’ll be able to make your entire fishing experience better. Once you choose the right rod, there will no stopping you.
Contact Galveston Fishing Charters to book your fishing experience on the water.