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Best Saltwater Fishing Rods

by Mendel Yano 08 Sep 2022

Some of the most innovative products I have seen from KastKing lately have been with the inclusion of saltwater applications to their lineup. Some may know that I started with KastKing by using their Perigee II rod in the harbors and bays in Southern California fishing for a local favorite, the Spotted Bay Bass. After my first few runs, I was just hooked on the company when I saw the parabolic action of the rod and the ability for me to sense even the lightest of bites. I went on to use another freshwater bass favorite and was still impressed with the ability of the rod to cast smooth, without any kind of overly “snappy” feel that helped me cast as far as I wanted and still have the control to get bait under docks and pylons to target these fish. Fast forward to modern day and KastKing has not disappointed with their attention to detail, innovative spirit while still allowing as many people as possible to get their hands on one. I present to you my list of the best KastKing Saltwater fishing rods.

1. KastKing Estuary Inshore Saltwater Fishing Rods

Let’s start with the idea and understanding that everything we are talking about here completely depends on the type of saltwater fishing you are doing. In several applications, you can easily use any of the freshwater rods in the ocean and vice versa.

In my opinion though, we should begin with the assumptions of what you are doing and then the type of rod I have had the most luck with and prefer using. First up, the rod that is for your medium type applications in the salt. Fishing for most kinds of rockfish to school size yellowtail (amberjacks), to sand or calico bass, and even some of the larger stuff like barracuda and smaller rays. It is the KastKing Estuary rod. Lightweight, heavy duty these things are built to handle a gambit of varieties of fish. Built on a Toray IM7 blank, these light blue marvels are a perfect choice for inshore fishing whether from the surf, kayak or small boat. They come complete with a heavy-duty reel seat that you can wrench down your conventional reel to or pair up nicely with a spinning reel like the Kapstan Elite, these rods have been created to satisfy the mid to light range of fish.

 Inshore saltwater fishing rod

For casting into bait schools and away from the boat they are all equipped with American Tackle microwave guides that reduce wind and slack noise when casting. I absolutely have tested these guides on the Resolute and the Estuary rods and simply love the technology.

2.KastKing Kong Fishing Rods

Are you may be looking for something that can handle even larger fish? Look no further than the KastKing Kong rod. I can proudly recommend this rod now that both me and my son have absolutely crushed the boat average using it. I have three versions of it and am still not satisfied with all the variety of fishing we are doing; I simply need more!

Saltwater rod for fishing

I love these rods and think they are the best saltwater rod that KastKing produces for several reasons. First and foremost, these rods are very lightweight. Made from 100% graphite with nano-resins that help bind the fibers without adding weight. A feature I did not know I would like but actually have grown to be quite fond of is that the Kong is two pieces. I know that many may not think that a two-piece rod can handle the larger fish but the joint where the pieces fit together is very snug and strong. I have never had the ferule slip or twist on me at all in many fish. Second, the rods are built tough. They all have double footed eyes to keep providing two points of contacts for the eyes in case of extreme strain. One of the best features is of course, the price. At just under $80, these rods keep up with rods that are easy three times the price. I mentioned that I have three of them, I keep buying them for spinning and casting applications for my son and really for me to go on boats that are a bit more aggressive where they get knocked around more. Another key facet is the sensitivity of the tip, the rods seem to have a really light tip but when they get pressure the rod comes down and gets more parabolic in the top third of the blank. This then engages the backbone at the mid-section and keeps the pressure off of the angler.As far as the aesthetics, this is where I think it’s a matter of preference. I personally love the bright chartreuse tip but really am not a fan of the diamond pattern that is painted at the bottom by the grip.

Overall though, these rods just cannot be beat and are a go-to for my saltwater fishing.

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