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The 5 Best Travel Fishing Rods of 2024

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Travel fishing rods are made for anglers on the go. Wherever you end up, there are new waters to seek out, so the addition of a dedicated travel fishing rod to the arsenal makes sense for aspiring travel anglers. The problem for many years was the lack of quality rods to meet the carry-on restrictions for fishermen traveling on planes. Multi-piece rods were much less common and inferior to more conventional rods; they were also more likely to break.

Thankfully, advances in technology and design have changed the landscape of angling travel. Rod companies are now able to provide traveling anglers with quality options, and the best travel fishing rods fish like their one-piece counterparts. 

The Best Travel Fishing Rods

Best combo: ugly stik gx2 travel spinning combo, best for saltwater: g. loomis escape glx series, best for bass: abu garcia ike signature series travel spinning rod, best telescopic: kastking blackhawk ii telescopic fishing rod, best fly rod: orvis clearwater.

Ugly Stik GX2 Travel Spinning Combo is the best budget and best combo travel fishing rod.

  • Length(s): 5 feet (light power), 6 feet and 6 feet 6 inches (Both medium power) 
  • Numbers of sections: 5 foot rod is 3 pieces; others are 4 pieces
  • Line Rating: Light: 4-10 pound; Medium: 6-15 pound
  • Strong, durable and sensitive graphite and fiberglass construction
  • More economical than buying individual components
  • Strong and durable Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides
  • Shakespeare four-bearing spinning reel, with double anodized aluminum spool
  • Cloth rod and reel travel bag offers only cosmetic protection; not suitable for checked luggage.

According to Shakespeare lore, the Ugly Stik received its now world-familiar moniker when a product management executive took one look at the first prototype blanks and said they were the ugliest he’d ever seen. 

The most updated version is more aesthetically appealing, but it hasn’t lost its rugged durability or the signature clear tip segment. The Ugly Stik Travel Combo comes in three lengths and two power options (light and medium). Each rod is fitted with a solid Shakespeare four-bearing reel with oversized bail wire for added durability. And the entire combo is at a price point that won’t break the bank. 

These travel outfits make a solid choice for those trips focused on activities other than angling where you just might be able to fit in a little fishing anyway. They also make excellent entry-level outfits for kids and fishing rods for beginners . From personal experience, I’ll also say that these rods can handle those unexpected trophies that have a knack for biting when you’re just helping the kids catch a few bluegills.

G. Loomis Escape GLX Series is the best travel fishing rod for saltwater.

  • Length(s): 7 feet in two power options, medium-light and medium
  • Numbers of Sections: three
  • Line Rating: Medium-light: 6-12 pound; Medium: 10-17 pound
  • Multi-taper design offers a superior blend of durability and performance
  • Nickel-Titanium RECOIL guides
  • High quality cork grip
  • Light weight
  • Difficult to find stock, at the moment

Very rarely will I say that a rod has the potential to enable a competent angler to catch more fish. The G. Loomis Escape GLX rods are an exception to this rule. Hands down, these are some of the finest fishing rods made today.

G. Loomis has been making fishing rods focused on performance since 1982. I bought my first GLX rod in 1999 and I still fish it today; I think that says a lot about both the quality and durability of the GLX line of rods. Loomis’ rod building expertise has led to superior travel rods that compromise nothing in a multi-piece design. Their proprietary Multi-taper Design process strengthens potential break points while reducing material application elsewhere. The result is strength and sensitivity. The Nickel-Titanium RECOIL guides used on these rods are amazingly tough and the cork grip provides a comfortable feel over days, months and years of fishing.

These rods are amazingly lightweight, given their strength, durability and ability to subdue large saltwater fish. This lightness in hand translates to greater comfort over a long day of fishing. The last cast of the day feels as effortless as the first.

GLX Escape travel spinning rods are available in two models. The medium power model is what I consider the ideal saltwater rod, able to handle large inshore species such as permit and bull redfish. In freshwater, this rod will handle most of the salmonid species, bass and pike. The medium-light model is also a phenomenal light saltwater rod, ideal for small bonefish, puppy drum and schoolie stripers. This rod is also a great crossover rod, whether for large trout, shad or smallmouth bass.

Abu Garcia IKE Signature Series Travel Spinning Rod is the best travel fishing rod for bass.

  • Length(s): 7 feet
  • Numbers of Sections: Four pieces—butt section, midsection and two tip sections for increased versatility
  • Tip Sections: medium light—for 1/8 to 5/8 ounce lures and medium for 1/4 to 3/4 ounce lures
  • Line Rating: medium light: 6-12 pound; medium: 8-14 pound
  • Two tip sections offers great versatility
  • Fishes like a one-piece rod
  • Excellent sensitivity 
  • Doesn’t include a crush-proof case for checked luggage protection

Abu Garcia was smart to partner with Mike “Ike” Iaconelli in designing this rod. Twenty plus years as a bass tournament professional coupled with his additional experience as a city fishing enthusiast provided the ideal experiential foundation for crafting top notch travel fishing rods. 

The Ike Signature Series Travel Spinning Rod is an exceptional value and an incredibly versatile fishing tool. Quality components are a significant part of the winning formula. The rod blanks are constructed from 36-ton graphite and finished rods have stainless steel guides and a high quality reel seat. The use of a continuous graphite ferrule is key to allowing this rod to fish like a one-piece rod. If all of this isn’t enough, then add in the best feature—the versatility provided with interchangeable tips. This combination allows you to fish an extended range of lures and finesse baits. Anglers looking for a more powerful bass fishing tool should consider checking out the casting rod version .

KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rod is the best telescopic travel fishing rod.

  • Length(s): Casting —7 models from 6 feet, 8 inches to 8 feet; Spinning—7 models from 6 feet, 6 inches to 8 feet
  • Numbers of Sections: All models are telescopic
  • Line Ratings: 6-25 pound, depending on the model
  • Multiple models for diversity and flexibility
  • Quality materials and construction
  • Quick assembly
  • Still not as good as quality multi-piece rods
  • Segments can loosen after significant casting/fishing time

Though I’m not a telescopic rod fan, I see the usefulness of the concept, and the KastKing BlackHawk II is the best telescopic rod I’ve seen. These rods are particularly well suited for anglers who need the added convenience provided by a telescopic rod and aren’t logging serious hours of fishing associated with dedicated travel fishing trips. In other words, they’re ideal for when you’re on vacation and, suddenly, you have an hour or two to go fishing.

KastKing has provided an outstanding array of options, in both casting and spinning rod models. This selection is a great service for potential customers who need to find rods to fit a wide variety of angling scenarios, as well as the inevitable personal preferences.

The BlackHawk II rods are built using KastKing KastFlex 24-Ton Carbon Matrix blanks, with a solid glass tip. Snug-Fit ferrules, stainless steel line guides, graphite reel seats and comfortable EVA handles are used to create a nicely finished rod. 

For more information on telescopic rods, we have a rundown of the best telescopic options out there , as well. 

Orvis Clearwater Travel Fly Rod

  • Length:  9 feet
  • Line Weight:  5
  • Action:  Medium-Fast
  • Warranty:  25-Year
  • A bit heavy

The Orvis Clearwater took home the best value award in our fly rod test last year and was a favorite among our group of editors and testers. For starters, the Clearwater is one of the more affordable fly rods on the market, and it can hold its own with the premium rods that often see a price tag north of a grand. This rod went head-to-head with all of the top-end models, and after a quick blind-casting test, most of our editors put the Clearwater ahead of our favorite high-end rods.

As for performance, the Clearwater throws tight loops and can reach almost as far as any other rod. It’s a bit cumbersome, and you might get tired after a full day on the water. Anglers can pick up a Clearwater rod in sizes ranging from 2-weight to 12-weight. So no matter what fish you enjoy chasing with a fly, there’s a Clearwater rod for you. And since this is a travel fishing rod story, it’s worth mentioning that the Clearwater is a four-piece rod and can be carried on any plane in a rod tube. —Ryan Chelius

How We Tested Travel Fishing Rods

My first travel-to-fish trip happened when I was seven. We ventured north to fish for northern pike and bass in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River. Since that first trip, my wanderlust has persisted, spanning three continents, five countries, eleven states, and three Canadian provinces. I’ve carried rods to all of those places via airline, bush plane, panga, train, car, taxi, subway and hiking boots. In between those adventures, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with fishing industry professionals about travel fishing rods and other assorted gear. Cumulatively, this distilled experience proves highly useful in evaluating travel fishing tackle. While writing this review, I considered the following attributes:

  • Fishing Performance—comparative to one-piece rods
  • Packability
  • Materials and Construction

Buying Guide

Travel fishing can be as exotic as a once-in-a-lifetime globetrotting adventure, or as simple as a subway trip to the city pond or lake. In both scenarios, a more compact, travel-friendly fishing outfit will make transit to the destination easier. Before buying a travel fishing rod, consider what species of fish you’re targeting, spatial limitations, mode of transport and the all important time versus money equation.

Target Species

What type or types of fish will you be chasing, and where will you be fishing? An ideal rod for panfish or trout will be outgunned and frustrating to use when targeting big stripers or redfish. Rods and their counterpart reels (meaning the reel you always use with that rod) may be great in freshwater but not up to the abuse they’ll endure in a marine environment. I like versatility in my gear but not to the point of compromising my overall enjoyment. To this end, I think it best to establish realistic expectations and fully understand what my travel rods can and cannot handle.

Spatial Limitations

The first leg of the journey is a commercial airline behemoth with spacious overhead compartments that will easily accommodate your travel rod case. But the final hop comes via a de Havilland Beaver where space is severely limited. Or, perhaps you’re hiking into the backcountry for a multi-day camping and fishing adventure. In each of these scenarios, spatial limitations are different, and in each case it’s important to identify how compact your travel rod (or rods) need to be. This is a question best asked and answered before you depart.

Mode of Transport

In a perfect world, my rods never leave my oversight when I travel to fish. But often that’s just not realistic. So, I opt to plan for the worst and hope for the best. I like when rods come with a crush-proof case. If they don’t, it’s best to invest in a specialized travel rod case that will accommodate the rod or rods you plan to take. When trips require multiple transfers, the added peace of mind alone merits the investment.

If carrying a rod or rods onto an airplane, I find out the airline’s maximum dimensions for carry-on items. If I have any doubt about carry-on options, I make sure the cased rod I’m traveling with will fit in my checked baggage.

Time versus Money 

This is an important equation that has additional variability based on a person’s disposable income and priorities. I once commented to a guiding client that I thought everyone should have one area of life where they indulge themselves. His response was, “Why just one?”

Realistically though, most anglers need to evaluate how often, and for how long, they’re likely to use a travel rod, and then factor that into their decision about which rod is best for them. An angler who might, or might not, use the rod once a year on a family vacation will want a different rod from the fisherman or woman who embarks upon one or more dedicated destination fishing trips each year.

Q: Can I carry-on a fishing pole?

According to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), fishing rods can be carried on, as long as they meet the airline’s criteria for carry-on items. However, it’s best to always work with the specific airline you’ll be traveling with to fine-tune your carry-on planning. If you’re traveling internationally, be sure to also check with air carriers you’ll be flying with in the destination country or countries.  Adhere to their requirements, and your rod should remain in your hands from home to destination and back.

Q: How do you travel with a rod and reel?

I always want to travel with my rods in a hard, crush-proof case and my reels safely stowed in my carry-on fishing bag. Even if my travel rods are compact enough for airline carry-on, I still prefer to carry them in the protective hard case, as plans can sometimes change at the flight check-in. If I have to check the rods, at any point in the journey, I know they’ll be safe. Many people think about the flight process but don’t consider the auto travel on either end of the flight. In my experience, the transition points are when unprotected gear gets broken. Careful packing of your rods and reels extends the safety to these travel transition scenarios. In the “for what it’s worth” column, I’d rather arrive at a fishing destination without my clothes than my rods and reels. But happily this can be avoided by using a change of clothes as padding around your rods in the travel case. This way you arrive with your rods, reels and at least one spare outfit. 

Q: Can you carry-on a 4-piece fly rod?

Yes, most conventional 4-piece fly rods will meet airline criteria for carry-on luggage. I’ve traveled with 4-piece, ten foot fly rods to Chile, Mexico, England and remote north western Canada. I’ve never had any difficulty carrying-on my fly rods. That being said, it’s still always best to check with the airline in-question in advance. If you’re working with an experienced fishing travel service, they can also provide their experience traveling to your destination.

Q: Can I fly with fishing lures?

According to the TSA, fishing lures are defined as “sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous.” They recommend sheathing or otherwise securing hooks; the lures should then be securely wrapped and packed in your checked baggage. Based on this information, any hooks, lures or flies in your carry-on could be confiscated. For anglers, the problem with this approach is the fear of arriving at a remote fishing destination with nothing to fish. To alleviate this concern, I pack a small selection of must-have flies or lures that I put in my carry-on bag—think of it as an emergency kit. I keep the selection small enough that I can accept the loss if it’s ever confiscated. The bulk of my fishing lures are packed safely in my checked bag and include duplicates of the essentials.

Q: What is the difference between a travel rod and a standard rod?

A travel fishing rod can break down into small sections or telescope into one small piece. A normal fishing rod is often one, two, or four pieces. This makes it a bit more difficult to travel with.

Q: Are travel rods worth it?

Having a fishing rod that can break down into small pieces is definitely worth it. You don’t necessarily need a “travel fishing rod,” but rather something that breaks down into three or four pieces so it’s easier to travel with.

Whether you’re embarking upon a bucket-list adventure fishing trip or hoping to get in a little fishing while traveling with the family, it all depends on your tackle getting to the destination unbroken and functional. That defines why travel rods have become so important for modern anglers, and the importance extends beyond airline travel. Try carrying a one-piece rod on a busy subway and you quickly realize the value of travel rods for close-to-home fishing. 

Though many travel rods still fall short of their one-piece counterparts’ performance, advances in technologies and economies of scale have closed this gap. In some cases, the best travel fishing rods are indistinguishable from one or two-piece rods. To decide which travel rod is right for you, evaluate your target species, consider spatial limitations, mode of transportation and time versus money. Then, just add water and enjoy the fishing.

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The Best Travel Fishing Rods of 2024

By Pete Robbins

Updated on May 24, 2023 5:36 PM EDT

13 minute read

Best for Bass

A versatile rod that features multiple tip sections and a comfortable E.V.A. handle.

Abu Garcia I.K.E. Signature Series Travel Casting Rod

Best budget.

A durable rod-and-reel combo available in three actions at a bargain price.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Travel Spinning Combo

Best premium.

A gorgeous rod with a wide range of actions for a full range of techniques.

Megabass Triza Travel Rod

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Travel fishing rods are easy to pack for a trip, and the good ones fish like a one-piece rod. Over the past several decades, rods have gotten longer because more length typically equals better casts and more leverage on big fish. For example, the 5-foot 6-inch pistol grips that dominated bass fishing into the 1980s have been replaced almost entirely by rods that are 7 feet and up. Unfortunately, luggage costs and rules have also exploded at this same time, meaning that it’s not always feasible to take an oversized 7- or 8-foot rod tube on distant trips. That’s doubly true if you’ll be getting on a floatplane or your luggage size is otherwise restricted.

Travel rods aren’t solely for air travel, though. If you’re an urban angler getting on a subway, they may be your best choice. If you want something to keep in your car or backpack in case you pass by a tasty-looking fishery, they’re prime choices. In the past, the options were often limited. Either manufacturers took an existing blank and added rudimentary ferrules, or it was a bargain basement combo that required a staple remover to get out of the package and that couldn’t stand up to farm pond bluegills. Fortunately, many manufacturers have recognized the need for better travel tools, and they’ve heeded the call. 

I get to do a lot of traveling with fishing rods as a writer and host of exotic fishing trips. I’ve been to the Alaskan wilderness, through the Amazon jungle, and on every major bass lake in the U.S. and Mexico. Those destinations require a plane ride, and while I don’t always pack multi-piece rods, it’s given me the chance to test out many of the best. Here are my picks for the best travel fishing rods.

  • Best for Bass: Abu Garcia I.K.E. Signature Series Travel Casting Rod
  • Most Innovative: Daiwa Ardito-TR Travel Casting and Spinning Rod
  • Best for Inshore: Falcon Traveler Coastal Spinning Rod
  • Best Budget: Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Travel Spinning Combo
  • Best Finesse: Wild Side Light Spinning Rod
  • Best Premium Casting: Megabass Triza Travel Rod  
  • Most Versatile :  Toadfish Travel Spinning Rod
  • Best Bait Finesse :  KastKing Kestrel 3-Piece Rods
  • Best Premium Spinning : Shimano Zodias 5-Piece Travel Spinning Rods

How I Tested the Best Travel Fishing Rods

I’ve taken these travel rods all over the globe and all over the country, fishing for species both exotic and mundane. More importantly, though, I’ll admit that I’ve abused them. They’ve been shoved in suitcases, walked through dense forests, and used for lures outside of their supposed range. That’s the nature of the travel game. Coming home from Mexico, officials forced me to check a carrying case that I’d carried on for the trip South of the Border, and my rods returned in one piece—or rather in their original configurations of multiple pieces. When possible, though, I like keeping them at my side, and I’m usually able to do so. It also enables me to bring a rod and reel or the occasions when I travel for a non-fishing purpose but might be able to sneak away to make a few casts.

Best Travel Fishing Rods: Reviews & Recommendations

Key Features

  • Length: 7 feet
  • Packed Length: 28 inches
  • Three pieces
  • Comes with both medium (1/4-3/4 ounce lures) and medium-heavy (3/8-1 ounce) tip sections
  • Soft travel case included
  • Versatility means you only need to carry one rod
  • Comfortable E.V.A. handle
  • Great value
  • Included case isn’t crushproof; should not be checked on airlines

Abu Garcia, worked with Bassmaster Classic champion Mike “Ike” Iaconelli, to design the Ike Signature Series Travel Rod. Ike is known for his wins on the pro bass circuit, but he’s also known for his urban angling adventures. Traveling by bus, bike, plane, and train to those urban fishing spots were the inspiration for his travel rod. 

The best feature of the rod is the included interchangeable tip sections that provide different actions. They are a tremendous value, since the rod doesn’t sacrifice on components. They include 36-ton graphite blanks, stainless steel guides, and a premium Fuji reel seat. Ike carried this rod worldwide on his television fishing exploits for a wide range of species, but his heart remains with bass, and that’s where this rod excels, for everything from soft plastics to crankbaits to spinnerbaits . Anglers who expect to use finesse presentations can buy the spinning version.

  • Length: 7 feet 
  • Handle converts from spinning to baitcasting
  • Three-piece rod, includes six total pieces 
  • Lure Weights: ¼ to 1 ounce 
  • Extreme versatility
  • Handles wide range of lures
  • Sensitive yet strong graphite construction
  • Included case not crushproof; should not be checked on airlines

A photo from the author’s trip to Zambia for tiger fish.

Daiwa has built a rod—and specifically, a rod handle—that will accommodate both spinning and baitcasting reels when configured appropriately. That means you don’t have to choose one or the other when you’re limited to one travel rod. What’s most impressive is that they’ve somehow developed a blank that doesn’t feel awkward in either role. It includes X45 graphite construction that prevents blank twisting and truly performs like a one-piece. I took this rod to Zambia for tigerfish, where it performed admirably with a baitcasting reel, and then used it at home to skip Senkos under docks with a spinning rod. It’s not truly a finesse spinning rod, but could handle light baits with plenty of backbone to extract hard-pulling bass from gnarly cover.

  • Medium action
  • Lure weight: ¼ to ½ ounce 
  • Bargain priced
  • Durable full cork handle
  • High-quality components
  • Some anglers may not like the moderate action

If you’re chasing redfish or speckled trout on the Gulf Coast, or bonefish and snook in the Everglades or Keys, you need a rod that will simultaneously make pinpoint presentations that also has the heft to muscle outsized, super-strong fish away from cover. This rod is light but mighty and fits the bill. The Coastal Traveler series also has a baitcasting model in the lineup. They’ll both do double-duty in freshwater, although Falcon also provides Lowrider series travel rods for that purpose. All of them include cork handles (full in the case of the Coastal, split-grip on the Lowriders), Fuji K-Frame tangle-free guides, and a blank through reel seat. All come with a crushproof, three-section Cordura-coated case with the rod’s specifications printed on the outside.

  • Lengths: 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 6 inches 
  • Comes with matching reel
  • Three or four pieces
  • Rod and reel packaged together for the price of one
  • Four-bearing spinning reel
  • Strong guides will stand up to braided line
  • Cloth rod and reel travel bag cannot be checked

The Ugly Stik brand has been synonymous with strength and value for decades, and Shakespeare continues to refine the products while keeping them at rock bottom prices. These three spinning combos—one light action, two medium action—all come with a four-bearing reel and rods that combine graphite and fiberglass construction. While the cloth carrying case may not be crushproof, this combo will stand up to just about anything you can dish out. That makes it a great option for kids or beginners, but you’ll be surprised at the wide range of species it can handle across the globe without any fear of failure.

  • Length: 6 feet 3 inches
  • Packed Length: 22 inches
  • Action: Light
  • Five pieces
  • Ultra compact 
  • Innovative ferrules maintain one-piece feel
  • High modulus graphite

Wild Side’s U.S. distributor Arundel Tackle claims that this rod is “made for the overhead bin, NOT baggage claim.” It comes with a rectangular carrying case that weighs a mere 2 ounces and will slide easily into your carry-on. More importantly, they’ve somehow taken a five-piece rod and eliminated any traditional multi-piece imprecision. That might be because they use refined spigot ferrules that do a solid job of maintaining a one-piece flow. This has become a go-to Ned Rig rod when I’m bass fishing at home, but it has so many other uses where it’ll excel. These include stream trout fishing, pan fishing, and light saltwater use. The high-quality cork and E.V.A. split handle are comfortable for all day fishing and match up with any lightweight spinning reel.

Best Premium: Megabass Triza Travel Rod  

  • Lengths (casting): 6-feet, 6-inches; 6-feet, 8-inches; 6-feet, 9-inches; 7-feet; 7-feet, 2-inches   
  • Available in five baitcasting and two spinning models
  • Lure Weights: 1/32 ounce to 3 ounces
  • Wide range of actions for a full range of techniques
  • Built one at a time for attention to detail
  • Gorgeous peacock wood reel seats and hand-drawn graphics

Megabass makes everything from the best swimbaits to some of the nicest production rods available. The Triza Travel Rod has typical Megabass quality in a rod that fits in a backpack. Megabass has a lot of experience making travel rods for their Japanese customers, who are often more constrained in terms of space and transportation, and therefore demand them. These premium travel rods are now widely available in America and cover just about every bass fishing technique under the sun—while at the same time being superior for some saltwater and multi-species use. They’re a gorgeous piece of art that would look great displayed, but they’re too solid to sit on the sidelines. Megabass claims they are constructed to their “Triangle” ideal—with a tip section that maximizes tension, a belly section that maximizes torque, and a butt section that maximizes torsional rigidity. These are workhorses that present like show horses.

Most Versatile:  Toadfish Travel Spinning Rod

  • 7 feet 2 inches
  • Medium/Medium heavy action
  • Interchangeable mid and tip sections
  • Incredible versatility
  • Kigan tangle free guides
  • Extremely durable
  • Included case is strong but quite heavy

This rod comes with one handle section, two mid-sections, and two tip sections, allowing for five different configurations, making it the most versatile travel rod on the market. That uniqueness is also a huge bonus if you slam a section in a car door or otherwise break one – you lose a bit of that trademark versatility, but you’re not completely out of luck. What’s also nice is that it comes with extremely durable components, including soft-touch rubber handle inlays and a handle that will stand up to the most you can dish out, including saltwater exposure. It’s fairly sensitive for a five-piece rod, and the spigot ferrules hold well. The case may be heavy, but you can check it through on the airlines without worrying about damage.

Best Bait Finesse:  KastKing Kestrel 3-Piece Rods

  • Light-fast action
  • IM8 ultra-high modulus graphite blank
  • Extremely reasonable price
  • One of the few rods in its category
  • Very sensitive IM8 high modulus graphite blank
  • No case included

The biggest problem with many travel rods is that they’re too vanilla – understandably made to cover a wide range of conditions and species. That’s fine if you just want one for random use, but it doesn’t help anglers with specific needs. KastKing has entered the market with a lot of BFS options and wisely chose to build a three-piece rod in that category. It can handle lures as light as 1/10 ounce, yet, with a balanced baitcasting reel, still has the winch-like power that spinning cannot provide. The rod comes with quality components, including American Tackle Ti forged guides with aluminum oxide Duralight rings, so whether you’re chasing panfish, Alaskan trout, stream smallmouths, or light saltwater species, it’s meant to stand up to a beating. In Asia and Japan, manufacturers have historically made a wider range of multi-piece rods than they do in North America, so it’s a good sign that KastKing is willing to take a calculated risk on this specialty stick.

Best Premium: Shimano Zodias 5-Piece Travel Spinning Rods

  • Medium-Light – Fast
  • 1/8 – 7/16 ounce lures
  • CI4+ Reel Seat maximizes ergonomic comfort
  • Fuji guides hold up to the rigors of travel and different kinds of line
  • At 5 pieces, incredibly transportable
  • Rod case not included

Shimano and brand partner G.Loomis have dipped in and out of the travel rod market for years, producing some top-notch products. Shimano’s bargain-priced Convergence Series is a great value and quality product, but the Zodias will fill the needs of more demanding anglers. It looks and feels like an expensive JDM product, and despite the multiple ferrules functions like a one-piece rod. I liked the Carbon Monocoque grip, and felt that it enhanced sensitivity, even with light lines. It’s also available in a baitcasting rod if that’s your stylistic preference, or if you want to use heavier lines on bigger fish.

While most standard rods are one or possibly two pieces, most travel rods are three or more pieces. Alternatively, they may be telescoping. Either way, they “collapse” or “compress” or “break down” to lengths that will fit in a suitcase or in a small separate carrying case. That makes them easy to take on a plane or stuff under the seat of your vehicle for impromptu fishing adventures.

Many anglers believe that one-piece rods are superior in all instances and will do whatever they can to take them on long-distance fishing trips. Of course that is possible, and there are hard-sided carrying cases that extend up to nearly 10-feet long to transport them. One problem, however, is that the airlines are increasingly restrictive on checking such bags. Even when they allow it, they may be costly. Furthermore, rough baggage handling may result in destruction of or damage to your valuable gear.

Typically commercial airlines will not allow you to carry full-sized rods on airplanes, but they’ll often allow you to carry properly-cased and appropriately-sized travel rods on board. In fact, the T.S.A. guidelines explicitly state that fishing rods are permitted in carry-on and checked bags but note that “passengers should check with the airline to confirm that the fishing rod fits within size limitations for carry-on items.” Some foreign airports and foreign carriers will not allow the same, so be sure to check ahead of time and carry a crushproof case that can be checked if necessary.

The author tested the best travel fishing rods on a trip to Lake El Salto.

Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Fishing Rod

What will you be fishing for.

The same travel rod that excels for panfish might be a liability chasing big saltwater fish in the surf. Today there are enough specialized options that you should be able to cover most extremes and many technical presentations. The trouble comes when you need to do double duty. That may require the purchase of a second rod, or perhaps even making compromises—using a single rod that is a jack of all trades but a master of none.

How compact must it be?

Fewer ferrules or connectors usually (but not always) means better performance. However, the ideal travel or “pack” rod will fit into a small case, which may or may not need to fit within your suitcase. Take careful measurements of your possible dimensions, adding a slight bit for the padding of the case and any internal rod sock that protects your tool.

How will I carry my travel rod?

The best possible scenario is to keep your rod or rods with you at all times, in a padded, crushproof case. That reduces the chances of loss and breakage. However, in the instance that you need to check it, make sure it fits in your other luggage or run the risk of paying a surcharge. Many of these rods come with tubes or cases. Some are better than others, so don’t hesitate to invest in an aftermarket product for peace of mind.

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Final Thoughts on the Best Travel Fishing Rods

As I’ve amassed an arsenal of travel rods over the past several years, I’ve seen a shift in my thinking. Previously, I reserved them exclusively for exotic travel to places like Zambia, Mexico, Brazil, and Alaska, and then relegated them to a garage shelf when I returned home. Increasingly, however, I’ve found myself using some of them in my day-to-day angling, in places where I could still take a 7- or 8-foot one-piece rod but now choose instead to take the multi-piece tool. 

Many of the more inexpensive multi-piece rods are still notably less fluid than their one-piece counterparts, but that’s not always the case. Furthermore, if you’re a one-piece snob, you may be surprised at how refined these options have become.

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Best Travel Fishing Rods for 2024

Jason sealock.

  • Oct 09, 2023

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Choosing a travel rod for anglers who like to pack light and carry a fishing rod in their luggage on every where they travel requires a little planning and view of the options and fish you think you might encounter on your travels. We reviewed a wide gamut of rods and came up with a lot of options to consider as well as some great recommendations for which fishing rods we would suggest for a lot of different types of fishing and travel.

Things like size of the rod when disassembled, number of pieces, rod case, roll or bag, type of rod, how you will transport it, whether a telescoping rod makes sense and more need to be considered before choosing the best travel rod for your fishing plans.  

Travel rods can come from 2 pieces up to 5 pieces not to mention the telescoping travel rod options out there. You might want to fit the rod in a suitcase, if so more pieces will break down into a smaller foot print. Or you might carry it with you which might give you more options for rods. You might want a hard case to protect the rod if you’re worried about TSA or some other party damaging your rods in transit. Or a rod wrap may suffice if it’s tucked inside of another hard case suitcase.


  • Best telescoping travel combo – Buy from Tacklewarehouse
  • Best travel rod for bass – Buy from FishUSA
  • Runner up: Daiwa ardito travel rod – Buy from Basspro
  • Best all-around / saltwater travel rod – Buy from Basspro
  • Best telescopic travel rod – Buy from Basspro
  • Runner up: Ugly stik cx2 4-piece travel combo – Buy from Basspro
  • Ark rods genesis rods – Buy from Tacklewarehouse
  • Zebco 33 spincast telescopic combo – Buy from Basspro
  • Shimano Convergence D Travel 4-Piece Spinning Rods – Buy from Tacklewarehouse
  • St. croix triumph travel rod – Buy from Tacklewarehouse

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Know Your Travel Rods

Then there are the types of rod to consider including spinning travel rods, casting travel rods, telescoping travel rods as well as travel fly rods or specialty rods like travel swimbait rods or travel trout or panfish rods. Or any combination of the aforementioned.  

If you plan to fish with light lures and light line, then a spinning travel rod might be the best option. If you plan to look for big bluegills or crappies specifically on your travels, then a long telescoping rod might make more sense or a small spinning rod like a trout rod might give you a lot of options for trout and panfish.

If you’re going for larger quarry, you will want a beefier rod that has a reel that can hold heavier line. Usually a baitcasting travel rod makes sense for bass, or big fish like walleye, pike, musky, stripers, etc.  

Specialty rods like travel swimbait rods or extra long jigging rods might be just the ticket for probing unknown waters for specific types of fishing like jigging brush for crappie or casting oversized swimbaits for trophy bass and stripers.  

Of course if you’re in to fly fishing, then a travel fly rod is hard to beat. There are some super high end and middle of the road options that are great rods that make a 9-foot fly rod fit into an over night travel bag with the travel fly rod option.


For some, a telescoping rod is an easy spur of the moment travel rod option to probe some nearby waters to see if they have fish available. I have buddies that keep telescoping rods in their trucks at all times and will break it out on their travels or while taking a lunch or after work on a work trip. It’s a quick and simple option.

Most of time telescoping rods are a bit lower quality. Or at least that was the case back when the only option was a low end push button spin cast combo for small panfish. There are, however, some newer options bringing this back as a real viable option for bass and panfish.

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A Travel Combo Might Make More Sense

You can buy travel rods that are a rod and reel combo. This is often the case with telescoping options. But there are some better quality options in the multi-piece travel rods with a decent spinning reel. Most of the time. I want the best rod I can get and a good reel in my bag so I’m not fighting my equipment in the limited amount of time I get to fish on my travels. Especially those spur-of-the-moment unplanned fishing trips while traveling.  

But when you get to a location and wished you had a rod and reel, a decent priced telescoping rod/reel combo can get you in the fish on an unexpected hot spot quickly and easily.

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You Need a Travel Rod Case, Bag or Roll

Anymore your travel rod is going to come in a hard case, a roll or a bag. Regardless you need to take care to protect the pieces of the rod or the rod while it is compartmentalized so it’s not damaged in your travels.  

A hard case might be a cloth case with a hard shell inside of it that zips closed on the end and the multiple pieces slide into little sleeves inside of it. Or it might be a hard outer shell with a soft interior that keeps your guides and blank parts protected. These are nice when you plan to carry your travel rods separate from your luggage. Or keep them in a vehicle on your travels.

A travel rod roll is just a cloth sleeve with individual pockets for each piece of the blank and then you roll it up with flap that closes on one end and tie it off with the attached ties. These can be nice for putting a rod or two into your other travel bags or a small compartment in your vehicle.

A travel bag can be just a cloth bag or a padded foam bag that houses and protects the rod simultaneously. I’m a fan of these as they keep your pieces from falling out as sometimes happens with rolls. And they keep the blank pieces with a bit of added protection. The padded bags are ideal in my opinion.  

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Best Travel Rod Brands

In the freshwater space, the best travel rod makers are often synonymous with the best rod makers. Makers like Daiwa, Shimano, St. Croix, Megabass, Ark Rods, Fenwick, and others have really solid travel rod options. Others that many don’t know offer travel rods have good options like Favorite, Bass Pro, and BnM Poles.  

Here are the travel rod brands we reviewed and liked:

  • Favorite Fishing
  • B’n’M Poles

Having said all that, let’s take a closer look at some of our personal favorites in various travel rod categories.

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Best Telescoping Travel Combo

Daiwa travel combo.

We chose the Daiwa Travel Combo as the best combo because it comes with a good reel, telescoping rod that is better than most and it’s own sling carry bag that is big enough to put several travel rods and reels in. This combo compacts down to 26 inches making it a perfect option for any trip whether it be in a car or a plane.

The rod is a 7-foot, 2-inch Medium power fast action rod. It’s a solid rod and stayed extended as we fished with it. The reel is a 2-bearing Daiwa Crossfire LT 2500. Even though it’s only 2 bearings, it performed very smoothly and effortlessly with a very smooth drag. It’s a solid spinning combo and it’s offered in EVA or Cork grips.

The combo costs $149 but if you just want a good combo without messing around with pairing rods and reels, this is a quick easy choice.

Buy at TackleWarehouse

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Best Travel Rod for Bass

Shimano zodias travel rod.

The fact that Shimano took one of their best rod lines and converted it into a high-end bass travel rod got me excited. And when I got the new rod in my hand, I was very impressed. I am a big fan of the original Zodias line and was so excited to see this level of quality in a 5-piece travel rod.  

This travel rod condenses down to 19 inches when packed, meaning you can literally take it anywhere. And when full assembled you have a very high quality rod full of all the features of the high end one-piece blanks. The 5-piece construction gives the rod more uniform bend than a 2-piece model would.  

It has so much power and a steady consistent load when casting. You will forget it’s a travel rod by your second cast. It’s a high end rod that just happens to be in 5 pieces. It has a CI4+ reel seat for lightweight strength and a full carbon monocoque grip which eliminates the use of EVA giving a light rod more sensitivity.

Hi-Power X construction which makes the blanks outermost layer wrapped with carbon tape form that X appearance on the blank that gives more precise actions to the rods with more strength.  

You can really lean into fish with this rod without worry. It’s one of the nicest travel rods we’ve tested.

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Buy from Omnia

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Runner Up: Daiwa Ardito Travel Rod

This is another high-end rod that has been brought down to a travel rod form factor. This rod comes with a very nice hard case and it breaks down to 30 inches (32 in its case). It features a V-flex ferrule joint system. These ferrules don’t require you to jam the rod pieces all the way together and then struggle to separate them. You simply push them until they snug together and you are all set. You can break down and put the rod together in seconds and be fishing as fast as you can thread your line.  

The rod has a high-modulus blank, Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides, unsanded micro-pitch blank, split Eva grip and machined nut hood. It’s a high quality rod that pairs nicely with your favorite bait caster. It comes in 7-foot medium, 7-foot medium heavy and 7-foot, 6-inch medium heavy.

Buy at

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Best All-Around / Saltwater Travel Rod

St. croix avid trek rod.

This is a finely crafted American rod with incredible blanks offering uniform performance, strength and ultra-perceptive sensitivity. The premium cork full grip, and quality blanks featuring St. Croix’s IPC mandrels, SCII high modulus carbon, slim profile ART ferrules, Sea Guide Hero hi-grade guides with zirconia rings and stainless gun smoke frames, sea guide hook keeper, and a 15-year-transferable warranty.  

This rod can literally do it all. Going to Louisiana to fish the marshes for bass and redfish, this is your rod. Strong, light, smooth, sensitive and easy to pack. The 3-piece rod is 6-foot, 6-inch MH rod with a lot of power but great castability. This rod is a joy to fish with and you can expect it to last a long time with that kind of warranty.

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Best Telescopic Travel Rod

Bass pro aventur1 telescoping rod.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Aventur1 telescoping rod. It features 6 sections but 8 guides for uniform castability and a nice line path while fighting fish. The unique guide system has floating guides as well as guides permanently affixed to the rod sections. So you won’t fight with line on the blank on this travel rod.  

The 7-foot medium power rod fished really well and I was pretty taken aback at how nice this rod fished for $59. A rod that will likely always be in my travel plans. With an RT2 graphite blank, Fuji aluminum oxide guides, Fuji reel seat, with EVA split grips and X-Wrap rubber cork butt cap, this is a pretty functional telescoping rod for travel fishing.

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Best Big Swimbait Travel Rod

F5 departure travel rods.

The folks at F5 Custom Rods make some of the nicest big swimbait rods available today. These are custom made rods from blanks to handles to accents. They are often very selective in how they build rods and you usually have to get lucky enough to catch a rod on a drop. However, the F5 Departure Travel Rods are often in stock and I picked up a H and XH rod a year or so back.

These are two of my favorite big swimbait rods that I use for crankdowns like the Bull Shad 4×4 and the Toxic Whippersnappers, for glides like the 86 Baits Doomrider, KGB Swimbaits Chad Shad or the Deps Slide Swimmer 250 and of course for my jointed swims like the Bull Shad 8 inch.

The rods are both 3-piece rods and are custom made with a full extra long camo EVA handle. The ones the often sell are split grips. The rod blanks are solid. Even with three pieces I had no issues heaving big baits like the Slide Swimmer which weighs 6 1/2 ounces.

They are going to run you about $289 a piece for these rods. But I am so happy to have them because I can take a pack of my favorite big baits and a very high-end swimbait rod literally everywhere I go to chase trophies all over the country and out of the country for that matter.

Buy at F5 Custom Rods

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Best Travel Rod on a Budget

Favorite fishing army geo rod.

This is an impressive rod not only for the price but for how well this 4-piece rod fishes and fights fish. We caught some really quality bass on this rod this spring and it is a legit fun spinning rod to fish. I love that I threw it in my suitcase, loaded up and went to Arkansas and broke it out and caught a bunch of nice bass that were moving shallow to spawn.  

Even my brother-in-law enjoyed fishing with this travel rod. And at $39, it’s a hard rod to pass up. The 4 pieces in their hard travel tube are 26 inches. The pieces are barely 23 inches. The rod is a 7-foot, 2-inch medium-heavy spinning rod. I used it to skip Senkos around shallow cover a lot this spring. And it sets a nice hook and has a ton of backbone to land big bass. Our biggest on it was 6 pounds, 4 ounces this spring.

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Runner up: Ugly Stik GX2 4-piece Travel Combo

At $44 at Walmart, you can’t go wrong with this nearly indestructible travel rod. The Ugly Stik has been the staple of affordable travel rods. They can take abuse and continue to catch and land fish.  

Buy from

Buy at Scheels

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Best Trout Travel Rod

St. croix trout series pack rod  .

For the adventurer who needs a light and packable trout rod to get to remote locations, this is the Cadillac of adventure rods. This rod says trout, but it’s a dynamite bluegill, crappie and even smallmouth rod for remote streams and creeks. It’s a beautifully built rod at only 2.9 ounces and 3 pieces, it compacts down to be no added weight in your backpack.  

I paired it with a small 1000 spinning reel and 4-pound line and really enjoyed fishing this rod a lot. It will become one of my staple creek travel rods now. It throws little baits effortlessly and had a nice backbone for such a light rod. A real joy to fish with.

Buy from

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Best Panfish Telescoping Rod

Bnm poles little mighty telescoping rod  .

I have to admit, I’m a little blow away by this rod. I grew up crappie and bluegill fishing with my father in Florida and Arkansas with telescoping fiberglass rods from B’n’M Poles. So I have a lot of nostalgia when it comes to these types of rod. But the new Little Mighty Rod is something special.

While it’s not technically a travel rod, it’s a telescoping rod that reaches out to 20 feet and breaks down to barely 22 inches. It looks like a bright orange track baton but it extends to a masterful reach out and touch a crappie or bluegill telescoping rod quickly.

One word of caution, be sure you extend the rod small sections first. So grab the string tab on the tip and pull it out that way. Don’t slide the sections out by dumping the open end out or you will have issues with sections getting out of order and blocking each other. Same for breaking it down. Big sections first and be sure to leave the string out when you put the cap on.  

Other than that, I enjoyed testing this rod a lot. I honestly didn’t think much of it when I got it. But after using it I can think of all sorts of places I want to take and fish with this rod. Once you get the hang of maneuvering 20 feet of rod with a fish on the end it’s a pretty fun stick to fish with.

Buy at

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Other Travel Rod Considerations

Ark rods genesis rods.

This was my original travel rod and I’ve put a lot of miles on it. It’s caught fish in Nebraska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. This is a two piece travel rod that comes with a nice padded bag.

Read our full Ark Genesis 2-piece travel rod review

The rod joins together nicely and fishes so well. The very narrow blanks are durable and sensitive. I’ve caught fish just about every way you can on these rods. I have the 6-foot, 8-inch MH and the 7-foot, 6-inch MH rods and have flipped, frogged, spinnerbait fished, jigged, cranked, popped a topwater popper and burned a buzz bait with these rods. A great option that gives no sacrifice in performance in a 2-piece travel rod.

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SixGill Argos Travel Rods

A very nicely made travel pack rod, the Argos Travel Rod is a 4-piece rod built on a 24T Toray Carbon blank. Comes with a 25 inch travel case. It fishes like your nicest bass rod but you can tuck it under a jacket and take it with you anywhere. The rod loads nicely on the cast and has enough back bone with it’s 7-foot MH frame to fight any size bass you might tangle with. A very nice travel rod option.  

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Zebco 33 Spincast Telescopic Combo

This is an affordable option at $25 but it’s not made to handle big fish in my opinion. It’s a great rod for catching panfish around a campsite, or of the dock on vacation. But it’s not made for fishing for larger fish. The rod bends easily at the tip under load and the line cuts across the rod to the next guide. So just be cautious with bigger fish on this setup. But for $25, you can catch the heck out of a bunch of panfish with this setup.

Buy at Amazon

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Hardy Zephrus FWS Travel Fly Rod

I haven’t had a chance to review the latest offerings from Hardy yet, but one of my all time favorite travel rods is my Hardy Zephrus FWS Travel Fly Rod. It’s a 9-foot, 5-weight rod. It is the perfect pack rod for hiking into remote streams and chasing fish on the fly. This is the Ferrari of travel rods in my opinion. Everything is first class from the aluminum case, styled bag, ferrule covers, and beautiful craftsmanship on the Sintrix 440 blank.  

Buy from

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Shimano Convergence Travel Rod

This 7-foot, 4-piece rod is another great do-it all travel rod. It’s a great rod for a lot of different species and lures in that 1/4 ounce to 3/4 ounce size. It breaks down to 25 inches so it will fit in almost all your bags and it comes in a nice hard case with a shoulder strap if you want to carry it on your back while you hike. It’s very well made and fished nicely with a variety of reels.

Spinning rod

Casting rod.

Buy at Tackle Warehouse

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St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod

This work-horse travel rod serves a ton of different purposes. It’s 6-foot, 6-inch size makes it a great size for tight quarters. I loved fishing some small streams near the house with this rod. A fun little rod for wading creeks or winging around on bigger waters on your travels. It’s small form factor of 24 inches makes it a great pack rod to keep in your vehicle or throw in your bag on long trips. It’s a very nice blank divided into 4 pieces. It’s strong, sensitive and light. A great travel version of their very popular Triumph line.  

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Wired2fish Travel Rod Comparison Chart

We review a ton of products and while they don’t always make the best of categories there are a lot of good rods to choose from that can get the job done. We try to give you as many options as possible while identifying some that we think stand out in the array of options. The goal with our guides is to help you be as informed and aggregate as much helpful information and personal experience into helping you with your fishing gear decisions.  

Here is a quick rundown of a lot of travel rod / telescoping rod options:

Jason Sealock

Currently working as Senior Advisor to Wired2fish. Former COO and Publisher, Jason Sealock came to Wired2fish shortly after inception in January of 2010. Prior to that he was the Editor-in-Chief of FLW Outdoors Magazines. He worked up from Associate Editor to Photo Editor and finally Editor in Chief of three magazines FLW Bass, FLW Walleye and FLW Saltwater. He set the content direction for Wired2fish while also working directly with programmers, consultants and industry partners. Sealock has been an avid angler for the better part of 40 years and has been writing and shooting fishing and outdoors content for more than 25 years. He is an expert with fishing electronics and technologies and an accomplished angler, photographer, writer and editor. He has taught a lot of people to find fish with their electronics and has been instrumental in teaching these technologies to the masses. He's also the industry authority on new fishing tackle and has personally reviewed more than 10,000 products in his tenure. He has a 30-year background in information technologies and was a certified engineer for a time in Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, and HP. He mostly fishes for bass and panfish around the house. He has, however, caught fish in 42 of the 50 states in the US as well as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada and hopes to soon add Finland, Japan, Africa and Australia to his list.

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The Best Travel Rods Reviewed: Real Performance for Serious Fishermen

Anglers who travel a lot and want to get some fishing in or who need to pack rods in carry-on luggage know that real fishing tackle that meets their needs is in short supply.

Yes, you can opt for some of the products that promise performance - Plussino comes to mind - and you’ll see these rods recommended by sites where the writers probably don’t fish themselves. 

But if you want a real rod that can perform, casting and fighting like the rods you left at home, you’ll need to look carefully.

We’re here to help, and we’ve put together a list of some our favorites, as well as buying guide to get you on the right track.

Quick glance at the best travel fishing rods:

St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod

  • Excellent, sensitive blank
  • Good guides
  • Excellent handles
  • Fishes like a premium rod should

Tackle Direct Bass Pro

Fenwick HMG Travel Spinning Rod

Fenwick HMG Travel Spinning Rod

Goture Travel Fishing Rod

Goture Travel Fishing Rod

  • Great price for what you get
  • Good, sensitive blanks
  • Nice handles
  • Fishes well

Smuggler 7 Travel Fishing Rod

Smuggler 7 Travel Fishing Rod

  • Very compact
  • Good, sensitive blank
  • Interchangeable fiberglass tips

KastKing Blackhawk II

KastKing Blackhawk II

Table of Contents (clickable)

  • 1.1 St. Croix Triumph Travel Spinning Rod - Best Light/Medium-Light Power Travel Rod
  • 1.2 Fenwick HMG Travel Spinning Rod - Best Medium Power Travel Rod
  • 1.3 Smuggler 7 Travel Fishing Rod
  • 1.4 KastKing Blackhawk II
  • 1.5 Goture Travel Fishing Rod - Best Budget Travel Rod
  • 2.1 Avoid the toys
  • 2.2 Modular probably beats telescopic
  • 2.5 Handles
  • 3 Final Thoughts


  • Best Telescopic Fishing Rod
  • Best Travel Fly Rod

Best Travel Fishing Rods Reviewed

St. croix triumph travel spinning rod - best light/medium-light power travel rod.

St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod

Length: 6’ or 6’ 6” Power/action: light or medium-light/fast Line and lure weight: 6’ (4-8 lbs. 1/16 - 5/16 oz.); 6’ 6” (4-10 lbs. 1/8 - 1/2 oz.) Material: carbon fiber Handle: continuous cork Guides: Sea Guide Atlas Performance SS304 stainless steel guides Pieces: 4

Most anglers already know that St. Croix is a premium rod manufacturer, but you may be new to the sport and have no idea - and there’s nothing wrong with that!

For serious anglers looking for a “real” travel rod that can perform with the best of them, the Triumph is very hard to beat.

Available in two lengths, 6 feet or 6 feet, 6 inches, the shorter rod is light powered while the longer rod is medium-light. Both offer a fast action.

St. Croix has chosen a carbon fiber blank for these rods, and that means fantastic sensitivity. For panfish, trout, perch, flounder, specks, and the like, these rods will perform masterfully, allowing you to feel every bump, nudge, and nibble.

And when the fight does start, you’ll find the backbone of these blanks quickly, about 25% from the tip. And don’t be shy about that medium-light rod: it’s a real beast if you’re working with a good reel and a properly set drag, and you can fight any smallmouth in the world with it, as well as most largemouth.

Both rods wear premium continuous cork handles, though the shorter rod has a shorter handle.

The stainless guides that St. Croix chooses are excellent performers in the real world, especially if you skip braid, which can be abrasive to any guides.

Overall, this four-piece travel rod fishes like a premium two-piece, and that’s saying something.

Fenwick HMG Travel Spinning Rod - Best Medium Power Travel Rod

Fenwick HMG Travel Spinning Rod

Length: 7’ Power/action: medium-light or medium/fast Line and lure weight: medium-light (8-17 lbs. 1/4 - 3/4 oz.); medium (10-20 lbs. 3/8 - 1 oz.) Material: graphite Handle: continuous cork Guides: stainless steel guides with zirconium inserts Pieces: 3

Fenwick is another brand that’s built a long-term, dedicated following by producing premium rods, and their HMG travel rod is no exception.

Where the St. Croix dominates on smaller fish, the Fenwick’s heavier power medium rod would be my choice for travel when I’m looking for species like snook, reds, blues, walleye, bass, and anything else that might test a medium-light rod to its limits.

That’s not to knock the medium-light Fenwick but rather to applaud the medium rod.

Capable with mono lines as heavy as 20 pounds, and more than able to launch a 1-ounce lure like a rocket, this is another rarity in travel rods in that it fishes like a premium rod rather than a toy.

Expect a beautiful, continuous cork handle and excellent stainless guides with zirconium inserts.

In a hard fight, you’ll appreciate those well-made guides, and you’ll find the blank’s backbone quickly, just as on the St. Croix. Sensitivity is excellent, too, making this a superb choice for the angler who travels and wants a heavier rod.

Rigged and Ready Smuggler 7 Travel Fishing Rod & Case. Compact Yet Powerful 8.5’ (235cm) Rod, with 2 Tips, for Spin and General Fishing. The Most Powerful Smuggler Rod for Fish up to 20lbs (10kg)


Length: 7’ 8” and 8’ 6” Power/action: ??? Line and lure weight: 5-20 g. or 15-40 g. Material: graphite with a fiberglass tip Handle: split EVA fam Guides: stainless steel with silicone inserts Pieces: 7

Smuggler is a British company that’s put together a very portable seven-piece rod. Innovative in many ways, if space is truly at a premium, this is a rod you’ll want to look at.

Offered in two lengths, Smuggler is shy about stating the action and power you can expect, in part because British expectations and terminology differ on this point. But given that the larger rod can cast a 40 gram, or 1.4-ounce lure, I’d guess that it’s in the medium to medium-heavy range, with a fast action given the graphite blank.

The shorter rod can cast a 20 gram, or .7-ounce lure, and I’d make that about medium-light.

In either case, graphite is very sensitive material for a blank, and these rods should allow you to feel even the lightest strikes.

In terms of innovation, they come with interchangeable fiberglass tips that alter the feel as well as the action of the rods, allowing you a bit of customization.

Expect a split EVA foam grip and stainless guides with silicone inserts.

One thing that concerns me is that customers report quality control issues, especially with guide finishing. If you do pick the smuggler, check each guide carefully for polish and finish, and definitely contact the manufacturer if you get a lemon.

  • Guide finish quality can be iffy

KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rods, Spinning 7ft -Fast-MH Power

Length: see chart Power/action: see chart Line and lure weight: see chart Material: Toray 24-Ton Carbon Matrix blank with a fiberglass tip Handle: split EVA foam Guides: ??? Pieces: telescoping

Telescoping travel rods can be a nightmare, and most are made as gimmick offerings for new anglers who don’t know better. That needn’t be the case, and KastKing delivers a real rod that’s capable of actual fishing.

Now, to be fair to its premium competitors, you’re not going to get the sensitivity, backbone, fighting power, or durability of the St. Croix or Fenwick. That’s a simple fact, and I mean no disrespect to KastKing.

By design, a telescoping rod just can’t compete with a segmented rod.

But the carbon fiber blank on the KastKing is sensitive, and guide quality seems to be OK. I personally wouldn’t put much faith in the rods of medium power and above, as the joint construction on a telescoping blank is going to be abused by a hard fight with a big fish. 

Maybe it’ll take it; maybe it won’t - but I wouldn’t bet my fishing trip on it. The segments tend to loosen with casting - but don’t collapse. That’s not confidence-inspiring, because I’m sure that places greater stress on the joints, and with a heavy power rod and big, mean fish on the other end, I wouldn’t count on the rod to survive.

Instead, I’d stick to the lighter end of the powers - medium light and medium - and try not to push this rod too hard.

If that sounds like a serious reservation, that’s because it is. 

Now keep in mind that the Blackhawk II is about 1/3rd the price of the St. Croix and Fenwick, and if you’re just looking for an easy rod to pack and want to hit the water for a few hours, there’s nothing wrong with the product.

But as serious competition for the premium rods on our list, the Blackhawk II isn’t going to make the grade.

  • The Segments loosen after casting, and I wouldn’t trust this rod in medium-heavy or heavy actions with big fish and hard fights

Goture Travel Fishing Rod - Best Budget Travel Rod

Portable Fishing Rod Travel Fishing Pole Casting cast Fishing Rods 4 Sections Lightweight Carbon Fiber Poles M Power Medium Action 6.6ft

Length: see chart Power/action: see chart Line and lure weight: see chart Material: carbon fiber Handle: split EVA foam Guides: stainless with ceramic inserts Pieces: 4

For anglers on a budget too tight for the St. Croix or Fenwick, Goture offers a nice travel rod at a reasonable price. Available in powers ranging from ultralight to medium-heavy, and actions that vary from medium, to medium-fast, to fast, these are dependable travel rods that won’t break the bank.

The blank on every rod in this lineup is made from carbon fiber, promising great sensitivity and plenty of backbone. Powers and actions are matched well, and there are some great surprises in this series, like a light rod with a medium action that would be just perfect for small crankbaits.

Expect well-made, split EVA foam handles that provide plenty of territory, even for big hands.

The guides are stainless steel with ceramic inserts and clearly designed more for fresh-water fishing than the salt. They’re small - I’d say a bit undersized for salt - but perfect for enhancing sensitivity for species like bass when using a worm.

One word of caution: the ferrules are meant for a .6” gap, meaning that they should not be tightened down till they touch.

Goture Travel Fishing Rod sensitive blanks

The carbon fiber blanks prove plenty sensitive and strong, and these are really good rods for the money. Anglers on a tighter budget should definitely give these rods a close look.

  • Not going to compete head-to-head with premium alternatives like St. Croix and Fenwick

What to Look for in a Good Travel Rod

Avoid the toys.

When angling sites recommend products, there’s a real difference between content farms and those where the researchers and writers are fishermen themselves.

That’s a fact.

And just because a product is popular on Amazon doesn’t make it good.

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Many of the telescoping travel rods with awesome reviews are disappointing if you’re more than a once-a-year angler, and you can chalk up the positive responses to people who really don’t fish a lot not using these rods much or knowing what they’re missing out on.

That’s not to insult anyone, and if you just need a rod for a few days a year and space is tight, go ahead: you probably won’t be disappointed.

But if you’re a serious angler and you try one of these out, I promise you, you’ll burn with frustration.

That’s why our list is populated with real rods that are high on performance, especially the St. Croix, Fenwick, and Goture.

Modular probably beats telescopic

On that front, modular rods are almost always better than telescoping designs. 

Being more mechanically simple, there’s much less to go wrong, and as ferrule technology has improved since the 80s, you’re not sacrificing sensitivity much at all by increasing that number to three, four, or even five.

And to be painfully honest, companies like St. Croix and Fenwick have hard-earned reputations that they’re not going to sacrifice by offering underperforming designs.

What this all adds up to in the real world is that modular is usually the way to go.

There are a variety of blank materials on the market, ranging from fiberglass and fiberglass composites to graphite to carbon fiber.

Let’s look at the strengths and weaknesses of each choice:

  • Fiberglass and fiberglass composites - are well known for being heavy but very, very durable. They tend to be very flexible as well, but they can be made stiffer through the introduction of carbon fiber or graphite.
  • Carbon fiber - is a common blank material, combining light weight with awesome stiffness and sensitivity. Not as durable to hard knocks as fiberglass, it’s still prized for its strength to weight ratio and its reliable backbone for hard fights.
  • Graphite - is the lightest and stiffest of the rod materials out there, but it’s also the most fragile. A hard knock against a piling or rail can result in micro-fractures, so blanks made from graphite need some care in handling. But they’re awesomely sensitive and very strong, offering a fantastic performance.

Good guides are essential.

When you have a fish on your line, the stress on the line and rod is transferred through the guides, meaning that they need to be strong. But they also need to be as smooth as they can be, protecting your line from the heat caused by friction. 

If your line gets hot, it will fail!

An easy test of guide quality is to take a length of the line, pass it through the guide, and saw like mad against the guide. Excellent guides will leave your line intact.

Whether you prefer the warm feel of cork or the durability of EVA foam, look for handles that are long enough to give you a two-handed grip and really put some muscle into a fight.

That’s a tall order on a travel rod, but the best ones deliver just that.

Final Thoughts

Good travel rods are in short supply, and if you’re a serious angler, it can be a frustratingly difficult task to find one that fishes well.

What we can promise is that if you pick one of the rods we recommend, you’ll be more than happy with your purchase. The St. Croix , Fenwick , and Goture rods fall at different price points and quality levels, and the premium rods are definitely better choices if you can afford them, but all three of these products are real tackle designed for real-world fishermen.

We can’t tell you which one is best for you - only you can do that - but we can guarantee that these three will put a smile on your face.

As always, we’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

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As always spectacular rods. Needed this one for some shore casting in Ecuador.

I purchased this rod for a trip to MN. I really liked it at first. Good sensitivity and cast really well. Caught eight fish the first day, some really nice bigmouth bass. On the second outing, rented a boat for all day fishing trip on lake Minnetonka. The rod tip broke an hour into that trip! After contacting the seller and St. Croix, the only option left to me was to submit a warranty claim and wait two weeks for a replacement. I also have to pay 25$ shipping!?! I'm going to have to replace this rod with something from anther manufacturer. I'm not going to relly on this rod for any future trips, even with a new tip. Not worth missing out.

It has been about a 2 months wait since submitting a warranty claim and had to call them to remind St. Croix of the claim. This wait was through all of striper fishing season.. After a few hours of waiting with customer service they offered to send the new tip, and after even more discussion and waiting waived shipping fees for the new tip? Very disappointed with St. Croix and will be switching to another brand. For rods this expensive you would think they would have better service. It's a shame.

Since I ride a bicycle everywhere for fishing in need a 4 piece rod. This St. Croix is getting used for more than small stream trout, which it is most excellent for with home made jigs and twister tails. I have landed very large bass on it fishing for perch and bluegill. I just ordered one in Medium power. I already have the Medium Heavy bait casting version that I love to throw spinner baits and Top water walk the dog baits with. I like the old school handle that adds extra protection if I drop it now and then. This is a solid value and has been no problems for years of retirement fishing many times a week.

I've had this rod for 3 years. Broken once when stepped on, but admirably repaired by Saint Croix. I finally read the specs, and had to laugh at the given lure weight. I have routinely used a 1oz lure and used this rod for lake trout and walleye. Great feel, handles wonderfully, long and smooth casting. Love this rod so much I rarely use any other.

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  • June 21, 2024

North Carolina Cobia

Fair warning to first-time visitors: These North Carolina places can change you. Sell your house, pack up and move kind of change. If you visit, you might never want to leave.

Cobia Fishing Along the Crystal Coast

Swansboro, N.C. guide Capt. John Mauser says that cobia showed up along his home waters of the Crystal Coast this spring, after going missing for years.

“We’ve had a fantastic cobia season this spring, the first time in a while. Fifteen years ago, we had an incredible fishery, but the cobia stopped showing up. Whether they were staying offshore, or staying deep and running fast, we didn’t see them. This year they’re back, big time. It started in May with fish of all sizes and big 50-, 60-, 70-pound fish. Maybe it’s a cyclical thing.”

After the cobia bite winds down sometime in June or July, Mauser will spend most of his summer on his skiff guiding for redfish on spin or fly, often poling across shallows, some days on flood tides in the grass. On other days, when the weather or the bite’s right, he’ll fish the inlets and beach fronts for Spanish mackerel, and bluefish, among other fish, or run 10 to 20 miles offshore in his center console for amberjack or other species at nearby wrecks. The Crystal Coast options are immense.

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“The only land developed along the Crystal Coast is about a 25-mile stretch. Everything else is natural,” says Mauser. “When you’re poling the marsh on the backside of the barrier islands, it could be like you’re a million miles away from civilization. On the beachfront, there’s no replenishment and the dunes are shifting as they should. It looks like it did when the Spanish ships sailed down our coastline centuries ago. It’s all pretty special.”

Mauser fishes that vast marsh area between the Intracoastal and the barrier islands with its maze of small, medium and large bays and creek systems lined with spartina grass and oysters, mud and sand bottom and submerged aquatic vegetation. On the mainland side of the Intracoastal, brackish creeks flow past live oaks and pine trees, with oysters and grasses along the banks. Fishing those creeks, an angler might be casting to a redfish next to a cornfield.

“It’s quite a variety of habitat, and I’m always balancing efforts between trying to outthink the fish and sharing the beauty of the place with anglers on my boat,” Mauser says. More good news — the water quality in his region is good, even improving. Mauser sees plenty of big seatrout in that healthy habitat.

“I’m only seeing more and more growth of submerged aquatic vegetation in new places in the spring and new places entirely. Where there was bare bottom, now we have eelgrass and shoal grass, and spartina where it wasn’t years before, all of which is very important for the resources and water quality.”

Offshore Fishing out of Oregon Inlet

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Out of Nag’s Head and the Oregon Inlet, Capt. Greg Mayer runs his 53-foot Billy Holton Custom Carolina Sportfish, Fishin’ Frenzy , at 25 knots on their usual summertime run 30 to 50 miles offshore for yellowfin, bigeye, wahoo, dolphin and marlin.

“It all depends on water conditions what fish we get into,” says Capt. Mayer. “One day we’ll go out and get a limit of dolphin and the next day go out and catch five bigeyes. In early June, we’ve been getting eight to a dozen yellowfins a day. The Gulf Stream affects our fishing big time. In the middle of summer, sometimes we can find dolphin and tuna and even some marlin inside of 25 miles.”

Mayer targets bluewater features like ledges, turns, and dropoffs associated with the 100-fathom curve — the edge of the continental shelf. The one place most people know of is the Point.

“A lot of the days we’ll start at the Point, look at conditions and based on that, we’ll make our moves, depending on what the Gulf Stream is doing. I’ve got Starlink on the boat, so I get immediate updates on sea surface charts and weather apps.”

The Biggest Tech Development in Offshore Fishing

The greatest change he’s seen in his offshore fishing in recent years has been the introduction of omni-directional sonars.

“They’ve changed the game,” he says, with a laugh. “I’ve had one now for three years. I have the SY-50 from Simrad. This year, ten boats in the fleet installed them. Some of the best fishermen in the world fish out of Oregon Inlet, and now that they can see the fish 1,000 feet away, it’s made the best fishermen even better than they were.

“These sonar units aren’t putting any more power in the water than a transducer. The difference is now anytime a school of fish gets within 1,000 feet of a boat, there are 10 boats turning on them. So no matter what the fish do, they’re continuously being pursued. The more pressure on them, the tougher it is to get a bite.”

As if to demonstrate what the sonar can do, while Capt. Greg and I were texting about this story and he was offshore, he sent me an image from his sonar showing bigeye tuna near his boat. How this sonar technology develops will amaze us in the coming years.

Summertime Billfish Fishing

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“The variety of fish that we have within 35 miles of the Oregon Inlet isn’t available many other places. At times, we have some of the best billfishing in the world,” Capt. Greg says. “In past years, we’ve had days later in the summer where the fleet would catch 300 to 400 white marlin in a day, with boats getting 15 to 20 shots. There are not many places in the world where that happens. Last year, blue marlin fishing was great and sailfishing can be fantastic in late July and August.”

Take your pick, inshore, offshore, or both, because North Carolina has it all. Keep in mind, summer days end late on the Carolina coast, leaving time for last casts, sunsets at the beach, evening walks in town, and maybe even some rest for an early start the next morning.

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Elite Lakes: A Travel Guide to Smith Lake

A hotspot for spotted bass in the rolling hills of North Alabama, Smith Lake may be to the Bassmaster Elite Series what Bristol is to NASCAR — a smaller-than-normal venue where competitors go gunwale to gunwale to battle out a win. Though this storied reservoir on the Black Warrior River is no stranger to big bass tournaments, it’s better known for furious spring and fall derbies than heated battles during the depths of the Deep South’s summer.

For bass fishing fans, that may mean a visit to Smith is better saved for cooler months when the Crimson Tide is rolling across the football field in Tuscaloosa or Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers are lighting up the hardwood on the Plains.

Whether you’re venturing down for an Elite Series weigh-in or gearing up for a fishing trip, North Alabama has ample entertainment options around Smith Lake — enough to linger for a day or two before and after chasing hard-fighting spots on the water.

Getting your grub on

Rising from the rubble of a 2011 tornado, Goat Island Brewing Co. has rapidly claimed a spot as one of the top microbreweries in the Yellow Hammer State. Bartenders in Birmingham swear by Goat Island. And cans are making their way as far afield as Nashville and Atlanta.

About 15 minutes from downtown Cullman, the hamlet of Hanceville plays host to the kind of old fashioned soda fountain and pharmacy combos that pocked Alabama highways in the days when the Drifting Cowboys beat a path from Montgomery to the Tennessee state line. Today, the Hanceville Drug Co. is a lingering remnant of a bygone era — one where passing travelers can saddle up on a swivel seat at the soda fountain and order a banana split or Coke float.

Alabama is a state steeped in barbecue lore. Alabama takes barbecue as seriously as any state in the South. So much so that dueling swine rivals at University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Memphis play annually over a 94-pound, bronze rack of ribs in a gridiron game that features its own barbecue cooking contest.

Any chronicle of Alabama’s pulled pork history worth its seasoning salt contains a page or two on Johnny’s Bar-B-Q . Founded in 1949, this roadside respite specializes in slow-smoked ribs and pork and has garnered a cult-like following for its banana pudding, cheesecakes and pies. Closer to lakeside, Kat Daddy’s BBQ & Grill Co . serves up catfish, mega burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches close enough to the launch ramp to satiate a sudden appetite.

Dockside dining can be found at the newly-opened Drifters Bar & Grill near Trimble. Located just across the water from Smith Lake Park in the former Brothers location, this classic seafood joint dishes out blackened shrimp, crab legs and cheese balls with great views.

For a celebratory dinner, swing by 412 Public House for handcrafted cocktails, opulent steaks and fresh seafood. Seasonal cocktails vary but standards like The 412 Gimlet, Debutane and Bourbon Apple Crisp provide a varied menu for every palate. Eats also include wonton nachos, filet mignon and a pimento cheeseburger.

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Cabins, campsites and comfortable confines

Smith Lake’s proximity to Cullman and popularity among recreational boaters means an array of lodging options abound, ranging from national chain hotels like Comfort Suites, La Quinta Inn and the like to campgrounds and private vacation rentals closer to the boat ramp. A quick search of both VRBO and Airbnb could produce a winning basecamp, though an array of lodging options offer travelers the chance to skip the ubiquitous private rental platforms.

The Cabins at Smith Lake offers plush, fully furnished cabins directly on the shoreline. Each comes move-in ready for a weekend or week’s worth of fishing. Meanwhile, families looking for a more adventurous experience can book a bespoke glamping experience in Cullman’s Palomino RV Resort. Located on the Burrow-Hamilton Farm, glamping tents are fully equipped for a family adventure and situated not far from a camper-friendly RV park.

In the economy cabin, Smith Lake Park offers both RV and tent camping in addition to unfinished, basic lakeside cabins similar to what one might find at a KOA Journey.

In downtown Cullman, one of the South’s most talked about new boutique hotels, The Flying Fifty Hotel , brings a modern take on vintage travel with comfortable, spacious suites, private balconies and a roof deck for savoring stunning, phosphoric colors of Alabama’s isoprene-soaked sunsets.

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Fun for the family

The Smith Lake area is a gateway to family adventures well beyond the water. Less than an hour’s drive from Cullman, NASA’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of the massive scale of mankind’s greatest achievement in exploration, the Apollo program. Visitors greeted by a retired SR-71 Blackbird enter a world of scientific innovation from the 1960s, which opens up a garden full of real, life-size rockets leading to the massive hulk of a Saturn V rocket developed in large part in nearby Huntsville.

Clarkson Covered Bridge is less stunning than a moon landing, but is rare in its own right. Just 15 minutes from Cullman, the vintage lattice truss bridge circa 1904 spans 328 feet over Crooked Creek that’s well worth a pit-stop and photo op on the way to and from town.

Just 30 minutes northwest of Cullman — between Moulton and Hartselle — the Jesse Owens Museum pays homage to one of the most well-known and groundbreaking athletes of the 20th Century. Owens was an olympic pioneer beyond equal who gained international acclaim by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The namesake museum in his hometown contains an interactive broad jump pit, a documentary narrated by Owens himself and a gallery of stories from his athletic career and later life of advocacy for human rights.

Bioluminescent wildlife may be closely associated with coastal areas, but the caves of Northwest Alabama hide a surprising secret: Dismals Canyon . This national natural landmark is home to luminous, sapphire Dismalites — a species of carnivorous fly larvae that glow blue at night. These unique insects are close cousins to similar “glow worms” found in New Zealand and Australia and are best observed during guided night tours of the canyon situated about an hour west of Smith Lake. Dismals Canyon and the nearby Bankhead National Forest’s Sipsey Wilderness also offer some of the best forested hiking trails east of the Mississippi River.

Gain a deeper understanding of Alabama’s indigenous history at Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center near Danville. There, remnants of a mound complex dating back an estimated 2,000 years tell the story of a Copena people, who brought material to the site from as far away as the Great Lakes.

For the truly adventurous, Skydive Alabama offers anglers the chance to get a true bird’s eye view of Cullman County through the only drop zone in North Alabama. First-time jumpers are eligible for an accelerated freewill program, which teaches students how to skydive solo and features a seven jump solo certification program. Tandem, single skydives are also available and require only 15 to 20 minutes of training.

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Discover America's top fishing spots

Posted: June 27, 2024 | Last updated: June 27, 2024

<p>Fishing is one of America's favorite pastimes. Besides promoting relaxation, fishing also strengthens family bonds and helps families connect with nature. In a country as big and vast as the US, it's no wonder fishing holds a special place in the hearts of many citizens. This list, inspired by Time Out, highlights America's best locations to catch 'em all!<br><br>Check out this gallery to see America's best fishing spots.</p><p>You may also like: </p>

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This water reservoir on the lower Colorado River was formed in 1939 and is great for catching largemouth bass, especially in the summer and at nighttime (to avoid recreational boaters).<p>You may also like:<a href=""> The Men of Princess Diana's Life: Public and Private</a></p>

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This 11,000-acre man-made reservoir is surrounded by natural parks and wildlife, offering a great opportunity for visitors wishing to camp out and enjoy the fishing coves.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Lake Shelbyville, IL

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Amateurs can park their rods along the beaches and sand bars of the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, while experienced anglers usually prefer to brave the rough waters on boat.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Columbia River, OR and WA

Spring and summer are the best time for catching fish here, including smallmouth bass, salmon, sturgeons, and rainbow trout (pictured).<p>You may also like:<a href=""> Aussie actors dominating Netflix</a></p>

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Some of the best fishing spots along this 1,450 mi river are located near the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Colorado River, CO

Flyfishing is one of the most popular styles in this region, thanks to the large amount of salmonfly (pictured) that gather here to nest, attracting a considerable number of trout.<p>You may also like:<a href=""> Natural wonders that were created by accident </a></p>

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Also known as the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, this estuary in Northern California offers mild temperatures all year round.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

California Delta, CA

This spot is great for catching striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, black bass, and salmon (pictured).<p>You may also like:<a href=""> Highly successful people who wear the same outfit every day</a></p>

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What makes this bay so fish-friendly is its brackish water, which provides the perfect habitat for those famous Maryland crabs and tasty fish.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Chesapeake Bay, MD

The bay serves as a birthing sanctuary for more than 70% of the striped bass (pictured) from the Atlantic Coast. Other fish you can catch here include bluefish, drum, speckled trout, flounder, and croaker.<p>You may also like:<a href=""> Deadly diseases and infections with a 24-hour window</a></p>

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This lake, located in the northernmost part of the US, is most famous for its ice fishing. If you can handle the frigid temperatures, spend the weekend in one of the area's campsites or resorts. Tourism is common in the area, so you'll be able to find all the necessary amenities quite easily. <p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Lake of the Woods, MN

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This small 430 sq mi lake located on the outskirts of Detroit is responsible for about half of all sports fishing in the Great Lakes.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Lake St. Clair, MI

Its thriving waters are home to walleye, perch, crappie, muskellunge, and a ton of high-quality smallmouth bass. <p>You may also like:<a href=""> The dark secrets of the British royal family</a></p>

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Meaning "big river" in Inupiaq, this is a great location if you're looking to catch rarer species.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Kobuk River, AL

This river houses arctic grayling, lake trout, arctic char (pictured), chum salmon, northern pike, and, it's real prize, sheefish.<p>You may also like:<a href=""> Food origins: what most people get wrong</a></p>

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This group of islands in the St. Lawrence River on the border of the US and Canada is home to the famous giant muskellunge, which can reach 60 in.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Thousand Islands, NY

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Bighorn River, MT

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Besides being one of New England's most beautiful seaside destinations, Martha's Vineyard is also a great fishing spot. <p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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The Outer Banks allows for a variety of fishing techniques, such as fly fishing, inshore charter,  braking, and pier fishing.<p><a href="">Follow us and access great exclusive content every day</a></p>

Outer Banks, NC

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Florida Keys, FL

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40 Facts About Elektrostal

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Written by Lanette Mayes

Modified & Updated: 01 Jun 2024

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Reviewed by Jessica Corbett


Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development .

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy , with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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Fishing in Corpus Christi: A Complete Guide

  • June 25, 2024 in Uncategorized

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Welcome to Corpus Christi, a coastal gem for fishing enthusiasts! Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Texas, this charming city offers some of the finest fishing experiences in the entire region. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, our guide provides essential information for a successful fishing adventure. For your convenience and comfort, consider booking a room at OYO Hotel in Corpus Christi, ensuring you have a relaxing place to rest after a day of casting lines and reeling in memories.

Best Fish to Catch in Corpus Christi

Redfish: Redfish, also known as red drum, are a popular catch in Corpus Christi. These feisty fighters can be found in shallow waters, making them accessible to both shore and boat anglers. Known for their powerful runs and delicious meat, redfish are a sought-after catch for anglers of all levels. The best time for redfish in Corpus Christi is typically during the fall when they gather inshore for spawning.

Snapper: Corpus Christi offers excellent opportunities to reel in various snapper species, including red snapper and mangrove snapper. Red snapper, in particular, is highly prized for its taste and size. Red snapper are commonly found in deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico, especially during the summer months when they migrate closer to the coast for spawning. Mangrove snapper can be found inshore around structures like reefs, bridges, and jetties, providing a consistent and rewarding experience year-round.

Sharks: Corpus Christi waters are home to several shark species, making it a thrilling destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Bull sharks, blacktip sharks, and hammerhead sharks are among the species you might encounter. Shark fishing is best during the warmer months when these predators are more active and closer to the coast.

Tuna: If you’re looking for a deep-sea adventure, Corpus Christi serves as a gateway to tuna fishing. Yellowfin and blackfin tuna are abundant in these waters, offering a challenging yet highly rewarding fishing experience. Tuna fishing is typically best during the warmer months, with the peak season usually in late spring to early summer.

How to Go Fishing in Corpus Christi

Surf Fishing Surf fishing is perfect for those who relish the tranquility of the shore. In Corpus Christi’s surf, you can expect to encounter species like redfish, pompano, and speckled trout. This method is accessible and allows for a peaceful connection with the ocean.

Pier Fishing Corpus Christi boasts several prominent fishing piers, including the renowned Bob Hall Pier and Packery Channel Pier. These piers provide easy access to deeper waters where larger fish reside. Cast your line from one of these piers to reel in impressive catches like snapper, king mackerel, and even sharks.

Kayak Fishing For a truly immersive fishing experience, consider kayak fishing in the tranquil bays and estuaries surrounding Corpus Christi. Target prized species such as redfish, trout, and flounder while enjoying a unique connection with nature.

Charter Fishing If you’re new to the area or seeking a guided experience, charter fishing is an excellent choice. Local captains provide all necessary equipment and guide you to the best fishing spots. Whether targeting inshore redfish or offshore monsters like marlin, charter fishing allows for a customized and exciting adventure.

Party Boat Fishing Party boat fishing offers a social experience perfect for groups and families. These spacious vessels provide an all-inclusive adventure with gear, bait, and expert guidance. Bond with loved ones while reeling in a variety of fish, such as snapper and grouper, under the guidance of a knowledgeable crew.

Corpus Christi Fishing Spots

Corpus Christi Beach Corpus Christi Beach offers abundant opportunities to catch a variety of species right from the sandy shores. Species like redfish, pompano, and speckled trout make this a favorite spot for both seasoned anglers and those looking for a relaxing day of fishing by the sea.

Packery Channel Packery Channel is a hotspot for redfish, trout, and sheepshead. This destination combines the convenience of a pier with the immersion of kayak fishing, offering diverse angling experiences.

Aransas Pass Aransas Pass, located nearby, is renowned for its angling action with numerous docks and jetties. Target species like redfish, black drum, and more in this exciting fishing location.

Baffin Bay For serious anglers, Baffin Bay is a hidden gem. Renowned for trophy-sized trout and redfish, this pristine estuary provides a rewarding experience for those seeking exceptional catches.

When to Go Fishing in Corpus Christi

Spring Spring offers excellent opportunities to target species like redfish, trout, and sheepshead as they become more active and move closer to shore.

Summer Summer is perfect for offshore adventures, targeting prized species like tuna, snapper, and kingfish as they migrate closer to the coast.

Fall Fall remains productive with species like redfish, black drum, and flounder continuing to attract anglers to the area.

Winter Winter offers opportunities to target species like redfish, sheepshead, and speckled trout, which remain active in milder conditions.

Choosing the Best Hotel in Corpus Christi

Finding the perfect hotel for a comfortable stay in Corpus Christi can sometimes be a challenge. However, OYO rooms ensures a pleasant and convenient experience with essential amenities such as spacious rooms, budget-friendly rates, and friendly staff. OYO hotels are strategically located near key landmarks, making your stay hassle-free and enjoyable.

Corpus Christi is a haven for anglers, offering a diverse range of fishing experiences. Whether you prefer surf fishing along the tranquil shores or seeking offshore thrills, this coastal city has it all. Stay informed about regulations, and make the most of the prime fishing seasons. With the right gear and knowledge, your Corpus Christi fishing trip will be an unforgettable adventure. Stay at the best hotels in Corpus Christi , like OYO , and enjoy the perfect fishing getaway!


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Chasing Giant Bluefin Tuna in Africa

  • By Phillip Steyn
  • June 26, 2024

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The first time I ventured offshore on a sport-fishing boat was in Watamu, Kenya, in 2006, and I was instantly hooked on big-game fishing. I lived in Tanzania at the time and was working as a professional hunter. My adventures in all kinds of fishing disciplines rapidly grew over the years, taking me all over the world in pursuit of a wide variety of species in rivers, lakes and oceans.

Years ago, I met Samir Rahal while fishing in Cape Verde ; Rahal is the proprietor of the five-star Terrou-Bi hotel and fishing center in Dakar, Senegal, which sits on the most western tip of the African continent. His boat Twin Soul is a fishing machine, sporting the best equipment and a highly experienced crew ready to take on any big blue marlin, yellowfin and, most notably, giant bluefin tuna.

Lots of community development and hard work goes into protecting the marine ecosystem off Dakar, an area that has always been known for its fantastic fishing. That said, it still might be a secret as to just how large some of these fish can get here: blue marlin in excess of 1,000 pounds, yellowfin tuna over 250 pounds, huge bigeyes and finally, giant bluefins. The waters off Dakar are a natural migratory path for both bluefin and yellowfin tuna; in fact, it’s one of the few places on earth where you have a shot at catching a blue marlin, a yellowfin tuna and a bluefin tuna all in the same day.

I recently found myself living in Dakar, and in mid-December, I joined Twin Soul on a bluewater trip. After a double espresso and a croissant, we left the marina right in front of the beautiful hotel at 8 a.m. I shared a laugh with the crew and my friend Capt. Giorgio Assolari on the way out, telling stories and reminiscing about past catches.

After an easy 30-minute ride, we put the teasers out and started trolling with lures until we were able to locate live bait. We quickly had one bait on the outrigger and another on the downrigger, ready for action. Shortly after 11 a.m., my fishing buddy, Shay Fisher, hooked his first blue marlin; after a brief fight, we released the fish with high-fives all around. Following a second espresso and an early lunch, we pulled a spread of lures to another spot, quickly catching more live bait and a couple of dorado along the way. We spent the afternoon looking to hook into something special. I was next up on the rod.

Two other boats in the vicinity had hookups right at 4:30 p.m. as Assolari marked a big fish at about 90 feet. A few seconds passed, and then chaos erupted when the reel started to scream, humming with a heavier tone that could only mean a giant bluefin. The excitement of being harnessed to the reel in the fighting chair and the bucket list battle ahead is hard to explain. For two hours this fish showed me why it’s the strongest fighter in the ocean, taking line right down into the Dacron backing multiple times. 

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It was epic watching the sun setting through the harmattan—the dust blowing over from the Sahara Desert this time of year—while hooked into the fish of a lifetime. All the preparation didn’t ready me for the sheer power, and we battled for the next two hours.

My feet ached from pushing down on the fighting chair as I fought with the nearly locked-up drag. The giant fish pulled line as if it was nothing. I slowly fought for every inch of line back, until I finally lifted the beast from the depths. After four and a half hours, we boated the tuna. I was mesmerized at how big and thick it was, realizing the epic fight I had just completed. 

At the dock, my fish tipped the scales at just over 700 pounds. A lifelong dream had come true. I was overwhelmed with emotion at having succeeded in this fishery—one of the pinnacles of offshore fishing—amid the small but vibrant community of Senegal’s sport fishermen.

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