As in most beach fishing situations, the right combination of rod, reel and rig setup will determine the degree of your success. There is a golden rule to fishing and that is - to fish as light as possible. That means; using the lightest line; the lightest tackle; and the most suitable rod/reel combination. For example, when targeting bottom dwelling fish, you may not want to anchor your bait to the bottom with a big heavy sinker. Going with a lighter rig that keeps the bait moving with the wave and tide action will help guide the bait to more fish. Now that said, using light tackle on the beach is not always doable, because surf and weather conditions, including the type of fish targeted will dictate how light you can go. Also, using lighter tackle puts extra strain on larger fish, which may cause it to expend far too much energy to survive the release.
RodsA good beach rod must have an action that lets you cleanly cast a weighted rig up to 100gms when the conditions demand it, but also be versatile to cast lightly-weighted baits. The tip action should be sensitive enough to ‘feel’ the bite and let you play a fish without placing too much pressure on the line. Beach rods use a ‘fast’ action because most of the flex is in the tip section.
Beach rods commonly range in length from 3.5 to 4m long. Generally speaking - the longer the rod, the longer the cast - but that said, a longer rod adds more weight which may tire you sooner. Weight and strength are also key factors when it comes to choosing a good beach rod. Cheap entry level beach rods are typically made from fiberglass, which can weigh as much as twice the amount of a similarly sized graphite rod. Medium priced rods are made from a composite mixture of glass fibre and low density carbon - which is stronger and lighter than fiberglass alone. The higher priced rods are made from either low density carbon blanks - which are stronger and lighter than composite mix, or high density carbon blanks which is the Rolls Royce of beach rods.
|Many anglers have considered custom made rods. This may not be a cheap option, but it does offer you the advantages and comforts of having a rod and butt custom designed to suit your height and arm length.|