Our most popular rod! Our 15-30 lb. class 7’0” conventional rod sees more airtime on Florida Sport Fishing TV than any other rod. This stick brings the newest composite resin material technologies to our live bait offering. By combining graphite and E-glass we deliver a lighter yet stronger rod, with a faster action and crisper tip. The soft tip is incredibly sensitive but quickly stiffens to a powerful backbone for hauling in powerful fish. Ideally suited for 20 lb. monofilament line or 30 lb. braid, tournament-winning anglers everywhere regularly present live pilchards, goggle eyes and blue runners for sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, and kingfish with this rod.
Line Class: 15-30 lb.
Color: Black/Gold Diamond Wrap (custom colors available)
Guides: Fuji Turbo 7+ Tip
Grips: EVA Foam (10” Fore & 12” Butt)
Reel Seat: Fuji Graphite Reel Seat
Species: Sailfish, Blackfin Tuna, Dolphin, Cobia, Kingfish, Snapper, Grouper
Technique: Kite Fishing, Chunking, Trolling, Drifting, Bottom Fishing
Florida Sport Fishing Technique-Specific Rods are meticulously handcrafted by a local team of highly skilled rod builders using only the finest components. Every model has been fine-tuned to provide superior performance at off the shelf prices.
Line/Lure Ratings: Nearly every rod on the market includes a label or etching indicating suggested weight ratings. This is merely a suggestion as no rod performs equally well casting a 1 oz. lure and a 6 oz. lure. Line ratings are also suggestive with different implications from one manufacturer to the next.
Length: The length of a rod is vital. With spinning rods increased length provides greater casting distance, a useful attribute on the flats when sight fishing wary predators. Extra casting distance is also beneficial when throwing lures into a headwind and when fishing from the surf. Conversely, a shorter rod is a better choice when skipping lures under docks and overhanging mangrove shorelines, and for increased backbone when battling powerful game fish.
Guides: Selecting the proper guides is often a puzzle. With no moving parts, Fuji K Guides are the easiest to maintain and are an excellent choice when fishing monofilament or braid. AFTCO Roller guides provide the benefit of reduced line wear and fatigue, which can cause premature tackle failure during extended battles. Roller guides are typical on big game trolling rods, but far less vital on light to medium class tackle.
Grips: Cork grips weigh next to nothing and provide a firm grip on inshore/backcountry rods. EVA foam is the standard for all near-shore and offshore saltwater rods.
Reel Seats: Aluminum reel seats are standard on big game stand-up/trolling rods when using reel clamps otherwise lightweight graphite is the best choice.
Reel Pairings: Please contact Florida Sport Fishing directly to discuss recommended reel pairings.