Best Sea Fishing Rods

Best Sea Fishing Rods in 2021 - (Full Guide on Beach, Spinning & Boat Rods)

Sea fishing is potentially one of the widest disciplines in the angling world. There is so much scope. There’s boat fishing, kayak fishing, rock, beach and lure fishing… and as a result there are boat, beach, surf, uptide and lure rods… the list goes on and on…

Unlike coarse fishing where one rod will generally do, there are all sorts of variations dedicated to one specific element. So much so that it is hard to know where to start when choosing the best sea fishing rods.

Our general advice is to pick the rod for the kind of fishing you will be doing the most of. There are so many things to consider. 

Best Sea Fishing Rods

In this article we have looked at a selection of the best sea fishing rods for 2021.

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What is a sea fishing rod?

Whilst a sea fishing rod isn’t exactly unique there a few things that make it different. The best sea fishing rods will have set characteristics which differentiate them from other rods. The factors that will dictate which rod to choose can often vary.

Although its not specifically discussed in this article, ensuring you have the correct sea reel to balance your rod is key. If the balance isn't in sync, you can have the best sea fishing rod in the world but it just will not perform if not partnered with the correct reel.

Best beach fishing rods for surf fishing:

The best beach fishing rods tend to be longer in length. The reason for this is that they are required to cast further, a lot further. By creating a longer arm you can throw your weight further. It’s simple physics. However, if you make something longer (especially a fishing rod) in order for it to be controllable it also has to be stiffer.

The correct balance is key however as you need to be able to get your sea rig out far enough without risking 'break offs' on either the cast or 'hook pulls' when playing a fish.

The weights cast are going to be a lot heavier too. They must hold the bottom, against the tide, so an increase in the casting weight means that anything to whippy will break easily. On the best sea fishing rods, you can expect to be given an “oz” rating, that will tell you the ideal casting weight. You can go lighter, but the rod might not cast particularly well…  casting above this rating can be dangerous. 

As a happy coincidence, due to the nature of the tides and the sea you are much more likely to get snagged (or maybe catch something big), having a stiffer rod gives you the necessary muscle to pull your way out of trouble.

The best sea fishing rods have a slightly different ring setup too. If you are using a beach caster with a multiplier then the reel goes on top of the rod when at rest. The rings on the best sea fishing rods will be spaced closer together and held further away from the body of the rod, so as to make sure the line doesn’t touch the blank.

Beach rods in particular have a specific feature that you will see often. Bite alarms and such will not work as the line is subject to constant movement by the sea. The answer is an integral quiver tip, normally painted in some garish and easy to see colour. As a handy hint, if you see a sea fishing rod with a colourful tip, it is generally designed for beach casting and ledgering.

Beach Fishing Rods ideally need to use a Tripod to rest on. This is to predominantly ensure that bites can be seen via the rod tip that is elevated by the tripod. If you need a Tripod for your rods checkout these best sellers on Amazon:

Best Selling Sea Fishing Tripods:

Best lure fishing rods for sea fishing:

These are not actually too different from standard rods. They can occasionally be a little stiffer than their freshwater counterparts. As with the above, the best sea fishing rods for lure fishing may have to take a bit more punishment due to prolific weeds and rocks. The rings on the rod may be substantial as they will be expected to accommodate heavier line especially as some sea lures can be quite heavy.

The other reason for the increase in stiffness is that fish (such as Bass) put up one hell of a fight, combine this with the possibility of weed on your line, plus the pull of the tide and it should be plain to see why you want tackle that is a little more ‘substantial’ in order to stop the fish pulling you into danger.

How to use a sea fishing rod?

Depending in what discipline you are fishing makes a lot of difference. For lure fishing it should be standard stuff if you have ever been spinning. Just tie your lure on, cast out and you are away. If you are fishing on a boat, your rod length will likely be shorter and you may need to factor in using a rod that balances nicely with a multiplier reel.

Beach fishing rods are slightly different. An 18ft rod swung with venom creates a lot of force. Due to the weights and forces involved, particularly in casting, sea anglers employ what is known as a ‘shock leader’. This is a section of very strong line that is designed to stop the lead weight from detaching from the line due to the forces generated in casting.

As a general rule it is advised that for every ounce of weight cast, you multiply this by 10 to give you the minimum strength of shock leader required.

Check out this video that gives a good demonstration on how to cast a Beach Rod:

As we have said there are numerous disciplines involved in ‘sea fishing’. What we have done today is look at a few of each discipline to give you a range of choices.

Here are some products we recommend:

Best Sea Fishing Rods in 2021:


Best Surf Fishing Rod

daiwa tournament surf


This great surf rod from the reputable Daiwa has many qualities which is why we have chosen this rod as our Best Sea Fishing Rod in 2021.

There are 2 different types of reel seat depending on whether you go for the Multiplier or Fixed Spool model both of which hold your chosen reel rock solid in place.

The rods general balance has a real nice feel about it and the fact that it comes in varying lengths ranging from 12'6 to 16', this is a rod that can cater for more than just surf fishing.


Best Sea Fishing Spinning Rod

daiwa prorex


This is another Daiwa Rod that is winning a lot of accolades at the moment. There are many different versions of this rod ranging from lengths of 6' to 9'.

The HVF Carbon blank that forms the base of this rod is a solid bit of material offering a decent amount of power for casting as well as playing hard fighting fish.

The price point is also a major positive for this rod as you wont get many better for under £100.


Best Sea Fishing Boat Rod

best sea fishing rod


Yes, you've guessed it, yet another quality Sea Fishing Rod by Daiwa and with the Kenzaki Boat Rod you have an all round, well made rod that will never let you down.

The first thing you will notice about this rod is how light it is. However don't let this subtlety fool you into thinking that this is a weak rod. Its quite the opposite and we were surprised with its strength as well as its perfect balance.

The usual quality rings and guides are present with this rod as you would always expect with the Daiwa brand. The V-joint technology is a popular and welcomed addition.

Overall this is a highly recommended sea fishing boat rod that should cover every eventuality.


Shakespeare Agility Heavy Spinning Rod

If you are want one rod, or aren’t sure which discipline you want to try, then this rod could be for you. It is heavy enough to cast weights up to about 3oz, but also has a fast enough action to justify using it for big lures or a sea fishing float.

The slightly stiffer blank means that if you are smart, and use a bigger reel and thicker line you’ll easily be able to power most fish away from danger. It’s even short enough to use onboard a boat… just. With ceramic lined rod rings casting is a breeze too.


Penn Rampage II Surf Rod

Penn are one of the brands when it comes to producing the best sea fishing rods. If you are more of a beach casting ‘enthusiast’ and want better than a budget model then this specialised 16ft rod will cope admirably with whatever you can throw at, or from it. It is rated at 4-6oz, which whilst relatively light means that it is custom built for those weights, ensuring premium casting power. It is finished in a deep, and easily visible, red colour, and the bright 16ft white tip means you’ll never miss a bite.


Best Budget Sea Fishing Rod

Hunter Pro 12ft Carbon Beach Caster

If beach casting isn’t your normal method of fishing and you want to make a foray into this world then this rod is a worth a look. It is 12ft so easily manageable and, with a rating of 4-8oz, it provides sufficient scope for holding the bottom.

The rod has a fairly quick action for a beach caster and the high visibility tip telegraphs bites instantly. Deep threaded screw reel mounts ensure that your reel will stay fixed exactly where it should during high energy casts


Shakespeare Agility 14ft Sea Rod

Shakespeare make really nice gear at a decent price point. This rod isn’t budget but we are amazed at the premium ‘feel’ offered at a fraction of the price of more expensive rods. The handles are easy to clean as they are rubber coated Eva foam, giving convenience and comfort.

It will easily cast a 4oz or 5oz lead out into the deep without too much effort. It is just about light enough to use for other purposes, so if you primarily beach fish, but occasionally want to give something else a go this could be a contender. For the money this is one of the best sea fishing rods we have seen.


Best Budget Sea Rod & Reel Combo

OAKWOOD 12ft Beach Caster Surf Rod

Sea fishing can be hard on gear. Whilst you are finding your feet (and ultimately more likely to damage gear) it is worth getting a kit that is good for the money and can be improved upon at a later date. This sea fishing rod and reel combo set is ready to go out of the box.

It includes a 12ft beach caster rod, a reel and even the line! The casting weight of the rod is 4-8oz so by casting at the lower range it is perfect for honing your technique, and you’ll be able to cast heavier using this rod as you gain more skill.


For sea fishing you have to make the rod fit the situation, and as with the sea itself, this can potentially change from day to day. What we do know is that the best sea fishing rods will perform well for their given role, but often give you the option for a bit of diversity when you need it. Sea fishing in Scotland over a number of years has taught us that having a diverse approach often pays off! Stay safe out there, and tight lines!

So there you have it, our top choices for the best sea fishing rods in 2021. 

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