Growing up on the coast I learned to appreciate that one of the finer things in life is stood on the beach with the surf fishing rods out and baited up waiting for some flatties to bite. I never had access to a boat so I had no chance of hooking some of the huge cod, bass, conger eels and other fish I used to see in the weekly fishing magazines, and had to make do with the smaller fish I could reach casting a bait from the beach. From some of the fishing programs I have seen on TV it seems that larger fish do venture to the surf and within casting range in other parts of the world, but this is not the case with the North Sea and the big fish stay out in deeper water where you need a boat to get to them. Despite only having the opportunity to hook in to smaller fish it didn’t bother me because surf fishing and beach casting was more than just about catching fish, it was about being out on the beach and doing battle with the sea. Besides, I love the beach/sea and I could spend many hours sitting there watching the world go by.
Despite the above I still wanted to catch fish, as that was what I was there to do, and in order to do this I needed the perfect surf fishing rods I could find. Over the years in my quest to find the perfect surf fishing rods I have used many different types, some of which were a total waste of time and money, and others that worked very well. The good thing about surf fishing rods is that they are cheap and affordable, and you can buy several surf fishing rods for the cost of a single top end carp fishing rod.
For example, the last carp fishing rod I bought cost me a penny under four hundred pounds which is an obscene amount of money, and considering I needed a pair ( I would have liked three but I couldn’t justify the cost of a third rod, besides two is sufficient)…………. My last pair of surf fishing rods (I always fish two) cost me just under eighty five pounds each, and these are pretty decent top end rods. You can buy budget surf fishing rods for twenty five pounds each that are decent quality and more than adequate. To buy a carp fishing rod of the same quality you are going to have to part with at least sixty pounds or so, You can buy carp fishing rods for twenty to thirty pounds a piece but they are pretty naff at that sort of money.
When it comes to salt water fishing no one cares whether you use Daiwa, Shakespeare or some unbranded rod. When you’re carp fishing image is everything and you have to be seen to be fishing with the right brands, which I guess is why carp fishing gear is so damn expensive. Carping is the catwalk of fishing, hence the premium prices. Salt water fishing is not like this, hence you can buy the top end surf fishing rods for relatively little money. During my time surf fishing, which I agree is not as long as others, my experience of surf fishing rods is as follows:-
One piece surf fishing rods
I was given a pair of one piece surf fishing rods by my uncle many years ago when I first started beach casting. The one piece surf fishing rods were advertised as “ideal for beginners” and were sold complete with reel, line, hooks and other accessories. Basically, it was a cheap and nasty kit that was nothing more than a toy.
The surf fishing rods were 7 feet in length, which as I now know is way too short for surf fishing. The reel was next to useless and broke on its first use, the line was weak and the accessories….. Even my uncle, who was mad about salt water fishing didn’t have a clue what they were used for. The kit was nothing but a gimmick.
Out of the kit I kept the one piece surf fishing rods (and binned/replaced everything else) and used them for a few months. To blast a bait as far as possible surf fishing rods need to be strong, they need to be long and they need to have a through action so you can load them up before firing the sinker to the horizon. The one piece surf fishing rods I had were strong but they lacked the backbone and through action to really get some power in to the cast. 7 foot long surf fishing rods are a ridiculous length and pointless. At 7 feet long I could get the rods in to my parents’ car to get them to the beach but it was a struggle. I was too young to drive at that time and my parents had a typical family car which wasn’t bought with the intention for carrying one piece surf fishing rods. Once at the beach I soon found out 7 foot surf fishing rods are simply too short. If you want to get a bait well in to the surf and swell you need much longer surf fishing rods to do so.
The one piece surf fishing rods didn’t last long before they were replaced. My parents got annoyed with the hassle of getting them in the car, I got annoyed with the short distances I could cast and got even more annoyed with the small quantity of fish I was catching.
One piece surf fishing rods are a total waste of time, and I wouldn’t recommend them. In fact, I would actively discourage anyone from buying one piece rods.
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