Blue Marlin Rods

I have undoubtedly ventured between other brands but eventually gravitate to the brand that has serviced my needs to the tee – Blue Marlin Rods.

Insane bend of the 80 50 460 Carbon Kevlar to lift those monsters from the deep.

As long as I can remember I have always been drawn to Blue Marlin rods. I have undoubtedly ventured between other brands but eventually gravitate to the brand that has serviced my needs to the tee – Blue Marlin Rods.

They have always been able to build a rod for a particular purpose be it for the less demanding casual angler enjoying some vitamin “sea” a few days a year or the very demanding social and competitive angler that needs gear to fit their specific needs. The revolution of the grinder rod as seen many advancements and adaptations over the years to suit the needs of these anglers. From the inception and explosion of rock and surf grinder fishing, Blue Marlin has been at the forefront of development from the P7 to the Super Slims to the Carbon Kevlar and now the Phoenix range.

Some of my more memorable catches will be the 185kg and the 154kg black stingrays off a deep-water spot in Gordons Bay called Boskloof taken on the 80 50 460 Carbon Kevlar in competition – the sheer pulling power of this rod is second to none and definitely a rod in a league of its own specifically built for targeting the big brutes of the ocean.   

The result was a 184kg Short-tail stingray

Some of the catches on the Phoenix range

Some of the catches on the Phoenix Heavy range

The latest addition to the Phoenix range is 15 ft, 3 piece Conqueror. This is a full high modulus carbon rod using a hybrid carbon matrix system which resulted in a lighter, very strong blank with more of a parabolic action but still maintaining the backbone needed to fight bigger fish. The softer action with the parabolic bend is a key feature that facilitates the ease of casting and even a novice angler will achieve consistent further casts. The rod is rated at 5 to 7oz and can be used with reels from a 10000 to a 20000 size. I have thrown from small chokka baits to a shad head with a 7 oz sinker with no problem. I managed to land a decent size spearnose skate off a deep water point along the Gordons Bay mountain and had to pull quite hard to get this stubborn fish away from some treacherous rocks. The preferred reel was a Penn Slammer 7500 loaded with 50 lb Perline Surf Pro 9x.

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