3 Great Fishing Poles for Deep Sea Fishermen

By Brad Murrow , last updated December 27, 2011

Choosing a deep-sea fishing rod requires that you take into consideration the type of fish you’ll be landing, the water in which you’ll be fishing and the type of reel and line you’ll be using. Bass Pro Shops is a well-known national chain of fishing stores, and based on consumer reviews from its website, you won’t go wrong when choosing from among three of the more highly rated brands of deep sea fishing poles at its website: Offshore, Shimano and Shakespeare.

General Characteristics of Deep Sea Poles

Deep-sea fishing poles differ from their inshore counterparts primarily based on strength. Because you’ll be landing heavier fighting fish, you’ll need a stronger pole. The most common material for deep-sea rods is graphite, according to the website Fishing Rod Tips. Less flexible than the fiberglass used for freshwater fishing rods, graphite still provides a good balance of weight flexibility for fighting big fish without sacrificing strength.

The long, main component of a fishing rod is called the blank, with various attachments combining to make it a complete rod. Look for corrosion-resistant materials along the rod, since they will be subject to salt water on a regular basis. Cork is the handle material choice for those with bigger budgets, but foam and rubber are reliable choices, as well. Longer rods are best for long casts and setting hooks, while shorter rods give you more control. Spin cast rods are best if you’ll be casting and retrieving often, while spinning rods are better suited for landing large fish.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Spinning Rod

This deep sea rod was rated 4.8 out of five stars at the Bass Pro Shops website by those who purchased it, with 93 percent saying they’d recommend it to a friend. The rod is made with a combination of a graphite interior and fiberglass covering for the best flex, with the tip made of solid fiberglass. The pole features graphite-reinforced reel seats and stainless steel hoods. The Ugly Stik comes in 15 different models and carries a 60-day, five-year limited warranty.

Shimano Teramar Southeast Spinning Rod

This rod combines glass and high-modulus graphite layered and spiraled throughout the rod. The rod features a Fuji reel seat and guides and a cork handle. Every reviewer at the Bass Pro Shops site said they would recommend this rod to a friend, giving it an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. You can buy the rod in 11 different models with five different action ratings, from medium light to heavy.

Offshore Angler Power Plus Rod - Boat Trolling

This fiberglass rod lets you try for a variety of fish at a very affordable price. The heavy-action Power Plus is made with a double-epoxy finish and hard chrome guides and comes in four different models, ranging in length from 5 feet six inches to 7 feet long, and in weight from 30 pounds to 80 pounds. Reviewers gave this rod a 4.8 out of five stars and all said they would recommend it to a friend.

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