It’s always important to have the right rod and reel for the type of fishing that you are doing. Especially when it comes to saltwater fishing, whether it’s in the bay, or in the ocean. Fishing in saltwater is a much harsher environment than freshwater because of the salt, and the sand, and no matter how much you try to protect your rod and reel, it’s going to come in contact with the elements. Saltwater fishing rods, and saltwater reels, are built with the harsh saltwater elements in mind. They are made to be more durable in the harsher environments. With the more durable components, your saltwater fishing gear will last much longer than your freshwater fishing gear would, if you were to use them in the harsh saltwater environment.
Top 10 Saltwater Fishing Rod and Reel Combos
PENN Squall Two-speed Lever Drag Offshore Angler Ocean Master Stand-Up OMSU Rod and Reel ComboThis combo is a top quality gear for multi species action. The PENN® Squall™ Two Speed Lever Drag Offshore Angler® Ocean Master® OMSU Stand Up Combo has superior strength and precision for the tough demands of offshore duty.The PENN Squall Two Speed Lever Drag Reel is relatively lightweight, somewhat compact, yet unbelievably strong. The reels Quick Shift system allows you to transition between high retrieval speed and low power cranking speed in an instant. It has a graphite frame and side plate with a forged aluminum spool with line capacity rings, stainless steel main and pinion gears, 4 shielded stainless steel ball bearings, a double dog anti-reverse system, and a rugged, dependable Dura-Drag.The Offshore Angler Ocean Master Stand Up Rod has nearly an unlimited lifting power. It is built on a graphite composite blank that is reinforced with advanced Carbon Coil Technology, with top of the line components that includes AFTCO® roller stripper and tip with Fuji guides between, an exclusive triangular fore grip with X-wrap, Fuji® DPS Graphite big game reel seat, and machined-aluminum gimbal with protective cap.Reel features:•Quick Shift Two-speed system•Graphite frame and side plate•Forged aluminum spool with line capacity rings•Stainless steel main and pinion gears•4 shielded stainless steel ball bearings•Double dog anti-reverse•Dura-Drag lever dragRod features:•Powerful graphite composite blank•Carbon Coil Technology reinforcement•AFTCO roller stripper and tip•Fuji guides•Triangular fore grip with X-wrap•Fuji DPS Graphite big game reel seat•Machined aluminum gimbal with capShimano Saragosa SW Offshore Angler Ocean Master Boat Spinning Rod and Reel ComboThe Shimano Saragosa SW Offshore Angler Ocean Master Boat Spinning Rod and Reel Combo is a versatile, smooth, and extremely powerful offshore spinning setup, at a great price. It is ideal for tournament sailfish anglers, and with the variable sizes that are available are great for kings, stripers, and tarpon as well.The Shimano Saragosa SW Reel is built for the harsh environment you have with saltwater big game fishing, with the SW Concept design, X-Ship, and X-Tough Drag backed by cam oscillation for really great drag performance. The hardcore feature list includes Paladin® gear durability enhancement, a propulsion line management system, 5+1 S A-RB® shielded ball bearings with Super Stopper II®, an aluminum frame with graphite rotor and cold-forged aluminum spool, a Power Roller III® line roller, a waterproof drag with extreme drag power, and numerous other elements and components that are tough and durable to help you prevail against even the meanest offshore fish.Offshore Angler Ocean Master Boat Spinning Rod has built in brute strength and rock solid engineering form the foundation to make this an ultimate heavyweight, ready to handle big fish on 30–50 pound braided line. The rod is built on a 1 piece graphite composite blank with Fuji® heavy-frame aluminum oxide guides, a graphite gimbal butt with EVA cap, triangular EVA foam fore grip with X-wrap for enhanced comfort and control, and Slick Butt rear grips that slide in and out of rod holders with ease.Reel features:•SW Concept design with X-Ship and X-Tough•Durable cam oscillation system•Aluminum frame with graphite rotor•Cold-forged aluminum spool•Paladin gear durability enhancement•Propulsion line management system•S A-RB shielded ball bearings•5+1 Bearings with Super Stopper II•Power Roller III line roller•Waterproof dragRod features:•1 piece graphite composite blank•Fuji heavy-frame aluminum oxide guides•Graphite gimbal butt•Triangular foregrip with X-wrap•Slick butt rear gripPENN Spinfisher VI 7500 or 8500 Boat Spinning Rod and Reel ComboThe PENN® Spinfisher® VI 7500 or 8500 Boat Spinning Combo gives you a really tough and durable setup capable of dominating nearshore and offshore fish. This rod and reel combo is matched for performance at a great value.The PENN Spinfisher is a true workhorse, with high line capacity and machine like power that will let you go toe to toe with big saltwater game fish. The Spinfisher VI has a full metal body and side plates that keep the CNC Gear™ system in precise alignment. Includes PENN's IPX5 Sealed design that keeps saltwater out to keep the harsh saltwater elements away from causing corrosion on the interior parts of the reel. It has a 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system. It also has a sealed drag with HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers. The spool is braid ready with line capacity rings to help you judge how much line is out, and how much is left.The PENN Spinfisher boat rod is built on a extremely tough tubular glass blank that has a solid fiberglass tip, with insert free stainless steel Dura guides with a durable finish. The lightweight EVA handle grips provide the best possible hold while you are battling the toughest bruisers on the water.Reel features:•Full metal body and side plates•CNC Gear technology•IPX5 Sealed body and spool design•Sealed drag system•HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers•Line capacity rings•Superline spoolRod features:•Rugged tubular glass blank•Insert-free stainless steel Dura-Guides•Lightweight EVA handle gripsOffshore Angler High Tide Ocean Master Boat Spinning Rod and Reel ComboThe Offshore Angler™ High Tide Ocean Master® Boat Spinning Combo provides a great level of touch, control, and brute strength, for consistent success with a wide range of fishing environments and techniques.This rod and reel combo is great for fishing with live bait with it’s dual drag system. You just flip a switch to free spool or release your line under light tension with the bail closed, then flip again to return to the standard front drag. The reel has a waterproof graphite frame and rotor with a double anodized machined aluminum spool, stainless steel bail wire, and an over sized line roller. Has a zinc alloy drive gear, a brass pinion gear, and a stainless steel main shaft, with a powerful worm gear oscillation. Smooth 6 ball bearing system with double shielded stainless steel ball bearings plus instant anti-reverse, stainless steel TPFE drag stacks, die cast aluminum handle with over sized knob for leverage. Gear ratio: 4.9:1.The Ocean Master Boat Spinning Rod offers both high sensitivity and leverage, with its 1 piece graphite composite blank and graphite gimbal butt (includes EVA foam cap). It has Fuji heavy frame aluminum oxide guides that will take the strain of braided line. It has a triangular EVA foam fore grip with X-wrap that enhances comfort and control, and a Slick Butt rear grip slides in and out of rod holders easily.Reel features:•Dual drag system with instant engagement•Rear drag for free spooling or tensioned line release•Front drag for hook setting and fighting the fish•Strong waterproof graphite frame and rotor•Double anodized machined aluminum spool•Zinc alloy drive gear and Brass pinion gear•Stainless steel main shaft with powerful worm gear oscillation•6-bearing system includes instant anti-reverse with double shielded stainless steel ball bearings and stainless steel TPFE drag stacks•Die cast aluminum handle with over sized knobRod features:•1-pc. graphite composite blank•Fuji heavy-frame aluminum oxide guides•Graphite gimbal butt•Triangular fore grip with X-wrap•Slick butt rear gripShakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rod and Reel ComboDon’t get yourself in a situation where you have your big chance at a huge Lunker saltwater beast, without the right rod and reel setup. If you go prepared with the Shakespeare Ugly Stik® Bigwater Spinning Combo, you'll be ready for your shot at a saltwater beast at all times. This rod and reel combo comes with the Ugly Stik toughness and dependability for the trophy environment, made to outlast huge fish in tough conditions, and is backed by a manufacturer's 7 year warranty. Shakespeare's Bigwater Spinning Reel is highly durable, with a full graphite body, quality aluminum spool, 2 ball bearing system with a one way clutch instant anti-reverse, and an over sized handle knob for maximum leverage when you need it the most.The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rod comes with the Ugly Tech™ construction, the ultimate combination of graphite and glass, with Clear Tip® design to ensure that you will have the precise sensitivity that you need, without sacrificing on Ugly Stik's legendary strength and durability. This powerful rod blank comes fitted with Ugly Tuff™ 1 piece double footed stainless steel guides to give you trouble free performance with maximum durability. Resilient EVA grips provide for all day comfort.Reel features:•Full graphite body with Aluminum spool•2 bearing system•Instant anti reverse with an over sized handle knobRod features:•Ugly Tech graphite and glass construction•Sensitive, yet super strong•Clear Tip design for extra power•Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides and EVA gripsOffshore Angler Tightline Spinning Rod and Reel ComboThis Offshore Angler™ Tightline Spinning Combo has all the toughness that you need in a saltwater fishing setup, without the high price! This setup takes on multiple species with smooth, run-stopping power and long term durability.The Tightline Spinning Reel has what you need with corrosion resistant to protect the real from the harsh saltwater elements, with an aluminum frame and side plates, stainless steel bail wire, stainless steel main shaft, brass alloy pinion gear, and a coated zinc alloy main gear. It has a 6 bearing system that uses double shielded stainless steel bearings and includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse to ensure you can set that hook and reel immediately. It has a smooth, consistent carbon fiber and PTFE drag system with a machined aluminum handle and braid-grip spool arbor.The Tightline Spinning Rod has the right level of sensitivity, is lightweight, and is incredibly strong. Its hybrid 24-ton carbon and fiberglass blank offers an incredible feel with just the right tip flex for all around saltwater fishing. It includes stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts and slip-resistant EVA handles.Reel features:•Tough all aluminum body and side plates•Forged, double-anodized-aluminum spool•Graphite rotor (3000-6000 models)•Braid-grip spool arbor and stainless steel main shaft•Corrosion-resistant coated zinc alloy main gear•Brass alloy pinion gear•Machined, anodized aluminum handle•6 bearing system includes Powerlock instant anti-reverse•Carbon fiber PTFE drag systemRod features:•Hybrid 24-ton carbon/fiberglass construction•Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts•Comfortable EVA handlesOffshore Angler Sea Lion Rod and Reel Spinning ComboThe Offshore Angler™ Sea Lion™ Spinning Combo combines 2 top performers at a great price for all budget levels. The powerful Offshore Angler Sea Lion Spinning Reel has a 5 bearing system to assure smooth performance and includes the Powerlock™ instant anti reverse. This reel boasts a rotor, frame, and side cover of graphite for strength and durability. The aluminum spool is double anodized to fight corrosion, and the drive gear is zinc alloy, and the main shaft is stainless steel, to fight corrosion as well. Once the hook is set, the reel has a fiber and stainless steel drag stack to provide a maximum drag of up to 35 lbs. Other features include an anodized machined aluminum handle, a solid stainless steel bail wire, and an over sized hard chrome plated line roller, all of which assure a long life for this reel even in the harsh environment that comes with saltwater.The Sea Lion Spinning Rod uses a 2 piece, tubular, E-glass blank for extra strength. The rod sports stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts to reduce friction and increase casting distance. A graphite reel seat features cushioned, corrosion resistant stainless steel hoods. EVA grips ensure a comfortable grip throughout a long day of fishing.Reel features:•Graphite rotor, frame, and side cover•5-bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse•Fiber and stainless steel drag stack•Double-anodized aluminum spool•Zinc alloy drive gear•Over sized line roller plated with hard chrome•Anodized aluminum handle•Solid stainless bail wire•Left/right hand retrieveRod features:•2-piece, tubular, E-glass blank•Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts•Graphite reel seat with cushioned stainless steel hoods and EVA GripsBrowse the Great Selection of Rod and Reel Combos•Penn Fierce III Spinning Combo•Penn Battle III Boat Spinning Combo•Penn Battle III LE Spinning Combo•Penn Battle III Inshore Spinning ComboDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. 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