What is a good fishing pole brand?

I’m trying to get a christmas present for someone and I know that he loves to go fishing so I figured I would get them a really nice fishing rod. However, I really don’t know that much about different types of rods so any tips on what I should get? ( there really isnt a budget, I’m looking more quality wise)

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3 thoughts on “What is a good fishing pole brand?

  1. In my opinion the best rods a All Star rod they always great and provide the best casting distance of all the rod i’ve used, now that’s if you use lures more than less, if your the kinda guy who like to use bait than the chose is clear for me, Shakespeare Ugly Stick they have the best sensitivity of all the rods i’ve used, their also great if you finesse fish, they can also come in handy when you fishing in deep waters targeting snapper, and small grouper, the sensitivity is great for feeling the smaller snapper and grunts picking at the bait, and then the big boy hall off with it. But if your going for the bigger groupers than a strong stout rod if the way to go, in this case a Shakespeare rod, not an Ugly stick but a generic Shakespeare, they are more often than not a very stout. If you fish off of piers docks and jetties than i would use a tiger spinning by once again, by Shakespeare.

  2. Well, fishing rods are use-specific. It would depend on HOW he fishes, and what he fishes with. I currently own 13 different fishing poles, and am waiting on buying several more (for money). There are several good brands…Temple Fork Outfitters makes decent rods that are more “budget” oriented. I personally prefer St. Croix, but G. Loomis makes good products too, however they are much more expensive.

    To really know what you need, you need to know:
    1. What kind of fish does he target?
    2. How does he fish? (IE. bait, lures, flies, etc.)
    3. Does he fish from shore or a boat?
    4. How heavy are the lures he throws? (this matters a lot).
    5. What kind of reels does he have now (open face spinning, baitcasting, etc.)?

    Once you know all this, and figure out a budget of what you want to spend ($100, 200, 500, etc), take that information to a tackle shop and tell that information to whoever you talk to. I can tell you this much though. If you’re willing to spend more than $300, do something special…Get him 2 (or more) nice setups. You can get a good St. Croix rod (Triumph, Mojo Bass/Mojo Muskie, among others) for about $100 or less, and you can get decent spinning (and baitcasting) reels for about $50-75. So for $350 you could have 2 really good setups that could be used for different conditions. That’s just me, but I like having the right tool for the right job.

  3. Like Anonymous said, fishing rods (not poles) are very specific, depending on what he fishes for, how he fishes, and his personal preferences. Unless he says exactly what brand and model he wants, the chances are you’ll spend your money on something he doesn’t really want or need. (I have a rod and a couple reels I got that way, I’ve never really used them.)

    So in this situation, I’d suggest you make it an outing. Take him to the tackle store and have him pick out a rod and buy it for him. Or maybe he’d rather get a new reel (rods and reels are both in about the same price range.) Nothing says that a gift has to be a surprise in his hands on Christmas morning — give him a card describing the gift, and take him out to get the actual present the week after the holiday when everyone else is exchanging the stuff they don’t want.

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