If you're looking for some new fishing gear, you may want to look into some of the better casting rods on the market. Compared to spinning rods, casting rods tend to have a bit more power than the best alternatives, as they use heavier lines and can take on more weight. You can find some good options for less than $100, but most of the better casting rods out there will cost between $150 and $300.
This is a top model that you can pick up now from Cabela's, one of the country's leading fishing stores. This rod is focused on long-term comfort, which it accomplishes by using materials that reduce hand and arm fatigue but do so without reducing power in the process. The Rage has neoprene grips, uses poly curve tool technology and has SCIII graphite blanks. This one comes in lengths ranging from 6'8" up to 7'6", and costs between $149 and $169 depending on the size you opt for.
You should look into the Vendetta series if you want a new casting rod on a budget. Available from Landbigfish.com, the Vendetta line uses Fuji Soft Touch ACS and VSS Reel Seats, has a Pac Bay Frame Guide and uses high end graphite in its construction, along with EVA molding as well. It also has an anodized aluminum fore grip, making for a good value in a budget rod. This one ranges between 6'3" and 7'6" long and costs between $80 and $90.
This award-winning rod is available now from Tackle Warehouse for $140. The rod is entirely American-made and makes many improvements on previous models. It now has an improved casting distance, which it arrives at through materials that greatly reduce friction and weight. The Excel has IM graphite construction and like the Abu Garcia model uses a Fuji reel seat. This model measures 7 feet long and has a 15 inch handle.
In recent years, Daiwa has emerged as a leader in the casting rod world. Their V.I.P. rods all come with a five-year warranty and use a heavy-duty E-glass blank with a Powerlift foregrip for lightweight stability. They also have a double-wrapped guide with an Epoxy finish, featuring Fuji reel seats and a slip-over butt cap. Current models available from Tackle Direct cost between $110 and $120 and range from 6'6" to 7'10".
These are a step up from Daiwa's V.I.P. line, and their price reflects as much, with a minimum price of $220 that goes up to $300 for the best models. This one is designed for the maximum possible casting distance and offers superior sensitivity to nearly any other rod on the market. It has the company's patented V-Flex Ferrule design build, which gives the feel of a one-piece rod. These casting rods are much longer than traditional option, as they range from 10 feet long all the way up to 15 feet, meaning you'll have no problem reaching far out toward your prey.