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5 Features All Ocean Fishing Rods Should Have

5 Features All Ocean Fishing Rods Should Have

By Debbie Hanson

Aug 08, 2017

Learn about the ocean fishing rod features that will help you bring catches to the boat. Certain ocean fishing pole features offer durability for offshore use

If you're new to saltwater fishing, you might be wondering which features you should look for in the best ocean fishing rods. Durability, flexibility, and heavy-duty components should be at the top of the list. Whether you're trolling for tuna or pulling a gargantuan gag grouper out from under a ledge, your offshore ocean fishing pole or rod will need to hold up to the toughest of elements and the brawniest of fish. Check out five important features that ocean fishing rods should have. 

1. Consider a one-piece rod for added sensitivity

You'll find that there are both one-piece and two-piece rods on the market. Once you have more fishing experience, you might prefer to use a two-piece rod. However, as a beginner, a one-piece rod is usually the best choice because it will give you more sensitivity if you are fishing in deeper water. More sensitivity means less missed bites.

2. Fiberglass or composite material for flexibility

Fiberglass generally offers more flexibility than graphite, while still providing you with plenty of backbone for the biggest and best saltwater fish species. Although, there are also fiberglass and graphite composite rods on the market that are lighter in weight, but still plenty durable. If you plan to do quite a bit of offshore jigging or trolling, you may want to try a medium heavy, extra fast or fast action fiberglass or composite saltwater rod that's about 6 or 6½ feet long. Just remember that offshore jigging and trolling are two ocean fishing techniques that generally require more power over action. 

3. Look for rods with corrosion-resistant components

Any saltwater fishing rods and reels you choose should be made to withstand corrosion. For example, all of the guides and reel seats should be constructed with a non-corroding material, such as aluminum or stainless steel. To help your gear last longer, be sure to give all of your saltwater rods and ocean fishing reels a thorough freshwater rinse when you get back to the dock.

4. Find a rod that has UV protective coating

Many ocean fishing rods are made with a protective coating that helps to protect the blank from the fading, chipping, cracking and peeling that can occur with ongoing use in the bright sunlight. 

5. Choose a rod that has heavy-duty grips made from closed cell foam

Closed cell foam, such as Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate or EVA foam, can typically withstand extreme temperature changes and harsh saltwater conditions for a longer period of time.

Now that you know a bit more about ocean fishing pole or rod features, you can make a better decision about which offshore saltwater rod will be most likely to hold up through all your catches. Just remember to check the saltwater fishing regulations for your state and buy your fishing license online before you leave the dock. 

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.