At a Glance: Offshore Rods
Offshore fishing takes place on a boat well away from land and in saltwater typically deeper than 100 feet. Offshore fishing requires heavy tackle to land strong, heavy fish. Offshore rods are engineered to handle large fish with heavy line, bait and lures trolled or jigged vertically from a boat. These rods are shorter and much stiffer than most casting or spinning rods, giving the angler tremendous leverage while sitting or standing on a boat in open water. While long spinning rods are intended to act as shock absorbers for big fish with light terminal tackle, the shorter offshore rods rely on conventional or trolling reels with strong, smooth drag systems to handle the head-shakes and sudden runs of saltwater fish. The straight handles of offshore rods are designed to work with fighting harnesses while the bent handle models are designed to stay in the flush-mounted gunnel rod holders of some boats. Strong, durable line guides are essential for fighting and landing huge fish and many offshore rods feature roller guides for smooth, low-friction line movement along the rods. Whether targeting sailfish, tuna, sharks, or any other saltwater trophy, FishUSA offers powerful offshore rods from the biggest names in the industry.
The most popular brands of offshore rods at FishUSA are Okuma, Penn, Shakespeare and St. Croix.