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Choosing a surf fishing rod for the Oregon coast

by: PK. 2/9/2018

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I'm going to make a short list of which spinning rods work best. We all have our own preferences when it comes to choosing a tool of the trade, so therefore there is no rod that is the perfect rod for surf fishing on the Oregon coast. My advice is to just go to your local sporting goods store and pick one up and see how it feels in your hand. If you like it, then buy it.

Personally, I prefer a rod that's 9 or 10 foot long. The longer rod allows for farther casts and keeps your line off the surf. I also look for a rod that has a short butt, and it also needs to be light - for better bite detection and less strain when fishing a long session.

Okuma Celilo 9 foot MH spinning rod

Buy the Okuma Celilo Spinning rod here on Amazon.

Okuma Celilo Salmon Spinning rod
Mode: CE-S-902MHA
9' MH Action
10-30# line, 1/2-2oz lure size

This is a cheap spinning rod at about $50. It's very light and sensitive. I like the fact that it has a short butt which gives you more rod real estate to make longer casts. When I first used this spinning rod, I didn't know what to expect, I was a little hesitant because it felt really light and flimsy. But after fishing with it for about 2 hours, I really began to appreciate it. It casts pretty far with a 2 oz weight (which is the rod's rating).

It's a 9 foot compared to my old Cabela's Tourney Trail IM8, but fishes and handles the same. I didn't notice any difference when fishing with it. The rod butt on the Okuma is a little shorter than the Tourney Trail, so the actual rod length isn't much difference. This short butt makes the Okuma casts just as far as the Tourney Trail. To make this more clear, imagine a 12 foot rod that has a 6 foot butt. So the actual length to help you cast far is only 6 foot. For a surf fishing rod, you want a short butt like the one found on the Okuma here. This way, you get more "real estate" from the reel to the tip of the rod - which greatly helps in casting far.

The reel seat is very secure, and locks the reel in nice and tight so it doesn't come loose. I've fished with many cheap rods before where the reel seat is cheaply made and the reel comes loose over time. This rod doesn't have that problem.

Since I just got this rod, I don't know how durable it's going to be. Only time will tell. I will do another review on this rod at a later time. Maybe in 6 months after I use the rod enough to see how it handles.


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