Anglers like to argue and hate to agree about anything. Of course, arguing about what’s the best such and such gives us something to talk about, and everybody’s proud of their own particular choice. Your pole is your most important piece of fishing gear, so it’s something we all get a little passionate about.
Nothing works for everybody, but here is a review of a few of the most popular and high quality fishing rods out there.
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger – Somebody’s Been Here With the Ugly Stik
First off, you might like to know that this is the most popular rod among anglers. People just can’t get enough of the Ugly Stik. This might be because of the quality manufacture of the rod. Ugly Stiks are made with good quality graphite parts, including the core of the rod itself. What this means for the angler is that it can really take a beating. When that giant cat wiggles off your line and swims away to freedom, you can toss that rod into the ground and it won’t break… but we don’t recommend doing that.
For cat fishers, the Ugly Stik is also great because it’s extra sensitive. Those tiny graphite parts make it easier to feel when you get a bite.
What they’re not admired for is their looks. There’s a funny color scheme going on here with orange and red mixed together, but that’s what gives it its distinctive look – and name.
Ugly Stik has stayed on top of the game ever since it was first introduced in the mid-80’s. Everybody has their opinions, people will tell you this or that, but you can’t argue with those sales figures.
Rhino NightVision Rods – Light Up Your Evening
This is an innovative rod made by Zebco that lights up to help you see what you’re catching when you’re night fishing. There is a tiny light at the end of the rod so you can see where you’re dropping your line, and there’s also a bigger light at the butt of the rod so you can see what you’re doing there. These are the most important places to keep a light on when you’re fishing at night.
The lights will last up to 40 hours before you have to change the battery. For some of us, that means about 2 nights of fishing. They take simple AA batteries that go into a little compartment with a waterproof seal. It’s a handy little invention.
Rhino is known for rods that are sensitive and durable as well, so a NightVision rod can be used at any time of day or night.
St. Croix – The Connoisseur’s Fishing Rod
If you’ve been fishing for a while and you’re ready to spend a little money and get a great rod, anything made by St. Croix is great. St. Croix is known for their classy rods that are highly sensitive, light and made durable. They use cork on the handles so that you can feel it when the fish bite. They are also preferred over other rod models because they are strong without being heavy. This is because of their high quality standards.
The only problem with St. Croix rods is that they are pricey. You won’t pick one up for $ 20 or $ 30. You can expect to pay more like $ 200 or $ 300. No, I didn’t hit the 0 key too many times. That’s how much they run. St. Croix’s are used by serious sportsmen, and once you use one, you’ll feel the difference and keep wanting your own until you can convince your wife to let you buy it.