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SHIMANO
Trevala
OUR TOP PICK

Shimano Trevala TFC58XXH Casting F Series Rod

4.8  /5

FIBLINK
Saltwater 2 Piece
BEST VALUE

Fiblink 6' Saltwater Jigging Casting Rod 2-Piece Graphite Boat Fishing Rod (30-50lb/50-80lb/30-80lb) (50-80-Pound)

4.8  /5

OUR TOP PICK

Shimano Trevala TFC58XXH Casting F Series Rod

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Grip & Comfort

4.9

Durability

4.9

Portability

4.7

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General Impression

This rod breaks the mold when it comes to jigging rods. Thanks to proprietary graphite/glass C4S construction you get a rod that is lighter and smaller in diameter without losing the power needed. The lighter weight & thinner diameter also translates to increased sensitivity, a feature that will help you hook fish whether they are taking your bait like their last meal or nibbling on a snack. Fuji Alconite guides provide smooth performance and reduced line resistance. The Fuji reel seat locks the reel tightly, perfect for when big fish are pulling from deep water. Finally, the customized split-grip handle, constructed of EVA, provides superior comfort, strength, and balance.

The Trevala is available in either spinning or casting models. The casting model is only available in a 6’3″ length while the spinning models range from 6’3″ to 6’6″. The preferred reel size is in the 3000 to 4000 range, with the reel seat being too small for more traditional 6000 series reels.

Specifications

BRAND: SHIMANO
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Graphite/Fiberglass
LENGTH: 6’3″ , 6’6″
ACTION: Medium, Medium Fast
POWER: Mediun to XX Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • The lightweight and smaller diameter make this reel more comfortable during longer periods of use.
  • The C4S construction results in greater sensitivity than most jigging rods
  • Top-notch Fuji construction and high-quality construction means this rod can be expected to last a long time, even under extreme conditions.
  • Available in both spinning and casting models

CONS

  • Although rods are rated for up to 80 LB line the small reel seat limits reel selection to 3000 to 4000 series.
  • A single piece rod can be difficult to transport.
BEST VALUE

Fiblink 6' Saltwater Jigging Casting Rod 2-Piece Graphite Boat Fishing Rod (30-50lb/50-80lb/30-80lb) (50-80-Pound)

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Grip & Comfort

4.8

Durability

4.9

Portability

5.0

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General Impression

This rod is proof that a quality heavy duty jigging rod does not need to come with an equally heavy-duty price tag. But do not worry, you will not be sacrificing quality to stay within budget. The first thing anglers look for in a jigging rod is strength, it has to have the backbone needed to handle big fish and the tackle that catches them. Fear not. This rod is constructed utilizing a Japanese TORAY carbon fiber blank, capable of handling up to 80 LB line and jigs as big as 7 oz. Each rod is finished with stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts, a graphite reel seat with tapered hoods and an aluminum gimbal with a rubber butt cap. Thanks to a butt joint design this 2 piece rod is as sensitive and reliable as a single piece but far easier to transport and travel with. This rod is not only our pick for best value but also one of the best 2-piece jigging rods available.

Specifications

BRAND: FIBLINK
PIECES: 2
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Toray Carbon Fiber
LENGTH: 6′
ACTION: Fast
POWER: Medium Heavy , Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: 13.6 ounces

PROS

  • Easy to transport 2-piece design that fishes like a 1 piece.
  • Strong, yet sensitive design that provides the power needed to get fish out of the structure.
  • Non-corrosive reel seat locks securely and stays put when jigging heavyweight or fighting big fish.
  • Includes multi-purpose hook keeper for secure transportation and storage
  • Covered by a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

CONS

  • Extra stiffness makes casting difficult.
  • Guide legs are a bit thinner than expected.
  • Only available in 6’0″ length, short even for a jigging rod.

Okuma Fishing Tackle Okuma Cedros Jigging Rods, CJ-C-661MHa

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Grip & Comfort

4.7

Durability

4.9

Portability

4.7

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General Impression

Okuma designed this rod for all-day jigging, designing it to be light-weight and comfortable despite its size. Surprisingly, designers choose fiberglass construction for the blank when most others are using graphite or composites. But fiberglass has its advantages. Besides being almost indestructible it is perfect for absorbing the shock when coupled with braided line. ALPS high-rise stainless-steel guides with zirconium inserts reduce line wear and provide smooth action. ALPS pyramid-shaped anodized aluminum reel seats offer a secure hold on your favorite reel and comfort during extended use. The Cedros is available in both spinning and casting models and a variety of lengths & actions so you are sure to find one that fits your fishing style.

Specifications

BRAND: OKUMA
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Fiberglass
LENGTH: 5’6″,6′,6’6″,7′
ACTION: Medium Fast, Fast
POWER: Medium to XX Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: 12.2 to 18.9 ounces

PROS

  • Fiberglass blank is nearly indestructible.
  • Rod is specifically designed for use with braided line, a favorite among today’s anglers.
  • The ability to get either a spinning or casting model in a variety of lengths means anglers can find one that fits their personal needs and style.
  • Ergonomic handle design adds to long day comfort

CONS

  • The design does not include butt gimbal
  • The fiberglass blank is not as sensitive as graphite or composite
  • Fiberglass construction does lead to rod being heavier than composite models

Tsunami TSSPJC-661MH Trophy Slow Pitch Jigging Casting Rods

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Grip & Comfort

4.7

Durability

4.7

Portability

4.6

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General Impression

Slow jigging is a relatively new technique but has already gained quite the following because it produces when many other methods fail and allow anglers to catch big fish on seemingly light tackle. But you must have the right gear and it starts with a rod that can handle the abuse it is sure to see. Enter the Tsunami Trophy. Each rod is constructed using a modern ultra-thin carbon fiber blank. The multi-layer construction delivers power, sensitivity and bending capabilities far beyond what you would expect, but just what the slow pitch jigger is looking for. All models are braid ready, another must for slow pitching, and include Fuji hardware for durability and longevity. Fuji Deep Pressed Concept “O” guides, finished in a tough epoxy coating will last long after others have failed under the pressure of braid. Fuji graphite reel seats are perfect for anchoring slim, lightweight reels when under extreme pressure. The custom contoured, high-density EVA grips provide all-day comfort and a solid platform when fighting big fish from deep water.

Specifications

BRAND: TSUNAMI
PIECES: 1 or 2
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Carbon fiber
LENGTH: 6′,6’6″,7′,7’6″
ACTION: Moderate Fast, Fast
POWER: Med. Heavy to XX Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • Specifically designed for slow pitch jigging, but versatile enough to use for conventional jigging as well
  • EVA handle is contoured for increased comfort, a must when jigging for long periods
  • Slim, light-weight design is deceptively strong thanks to its ability to bend throughout its length and recover quickly
  • Includes a nylon carry case for increased protection during transportation
  • Includes a 1-year warranty

CONS

  • Although suitable for conventional jigging it does not function as well when paired with a traditional reel
  • If used in a traditional jigging method the thinner design is more likely to fail

PENN Rampage Jig Spinning

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.5

Grip & Comfort

4.7

Durability

4.6

Portability

4.7

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General Impression

If you are looking for a lightweight vertical jigging rod that will bust fish from deep water & cover without breaking the bank the Rampage is worth a look. Penn has put together a quality rod using top of the line components and features jigging enthusiasts will find add to the comfort and versatility of these rods. The 1-blanks are constructed from a graphite/fiberglass composite with fiberglass adding strength and durability while the graphite increases sensitivity. Fuji aluminum guides with aluminum oxide inserts are both smooth and durable, perfect for braided lines. The graphite reel seat with lock provides a secure fit without play. An EVA Torque Foregrip in triangle shape provides increases control and allows for a secure hold without applying a death grip while the slimmed-down rear grip decreases tangles with other gear and reduces fatigue when jigging. Finally, there is the standard Penn rubber gimbal that not only increases comfort when fighting big fish without a fighting belt but also avoids damage when the butt hits the deck or ground.

Specifications

BRAND: PENN
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Tubular Glass
LENGTH: 6′,6’6″,7′,7’6″
ACTION: Moderate Fast, Fast
POWER: Medium Heavy, Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • Graphite composite blank provides a good balance of durability, strength, and sensitivity
  • The Torque foregrip and slimmed rear grips are extremely comfortable and well suited for jigging
  • Versatile enough for use when targeting a wide range of species
  • Moderate Fast action is well suited for most jigging techniques

CONS

  • Tip guide is not as heavy-duty as most look for in a jigging rod
  • The exposed reel seat threads are likely to lick up sand & debris which may interfere with operation later
  • Rod is a bit stiff, something users of other jigging rods will need to be accustomed to

Daiwa STJ66MHF Saltist Jigging Conventional Rod, 6'6"

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Build Quality

4.6

Grip & Comfort

4.6

Durability

4.6

Portability

4.5

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General Impression

The Saltist line of jigging rods by Daiwa offers 6 different combinations of length, action power, and either casting or spinning setups. Whether you select the Extra Extra Heavy Fast Action 5’9″ version or Medium Fast Action 6’6″ version you will receive a rod specifically designed for jigging, with features needed for all-day comfort and powerful fishing fighting. The composite graphite & E-Glass blank provides a solid backbone necessary for handling heavy jigs, setting hooks quickly and move big fish quickly. The surprisingly sensitive tip detects even the lightest bite while still withstanding the sudden shock of hard hits. Because you will be working the rod for long periods a comfortable handle is a must. The EVA foam fore and aft grips on the Saltist series will provide that all-day comfort and withstand season after season of hard use.

Specifications

BRAND: DAIWA
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Composite
LENGTH: 5’9″,6′,6’6″,7′
ACTION: Fast
POWER: Medium to XX Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • Works well with a wide variety of species and different jigging techniques
  • Graphite/glass composite allows for a very durable rod at a reasonable price
  • Tip sensitivity is a must when detecting the subtle bite
  • Quality Fuji components for worry-free fishing

CONS

  • No reason for a finger grip on a jigging rod, this is a wasted feature
  • The 1-piece design makes longer models a bit more difficult to transport

Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Spinning Rod

Overall Rating

4.3 /5

Build Quality

4.2

Grip & Comfort

4.5

Durability

4.5

Portability

4.6

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General Impression

UglyStik is probably one of the most widely known names in dependable, economical rods that prove a good rod does not need to cost you your life savings. The Tiger Elite is no exception. Like most UglyStik rods, the Tiger Elite starts with a graphite/glass composite blank. Thanks to Ugly Tech construction these rods feature a higher graphite content than their predecessors, which means you will enjoy increased durability, lighter weight, and better sensitivity. Ugly Tuff one-piece stainless steel double-footed guides provide corrosion protection, solid construction and no more worrying that an insert will pop out mid adventure. Conventional reel seats with cushioned hoods provide a solid connection with your reel and the shrink taped EVA handles are well suited for long term use.

Specifications

BRAND: UGLY STIK
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Graphite/Glass
LENGTH: 6′,6’6″
ACTION: Moderate Fast
POWER: Heavy, X Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • An economical rod that still provides the strength, durability, and ease of use anglers are looking for.
  • Nearly indestructible design UglyStik is known for
  • Corrosion-resistant stainless-steel hardware allows for use in either fresh or saltwater

CONS

  • Additional guide, closer to reel, would be welcomed addition
  • The addition of a gimbal would be welcomed, especially when fighting bigger fish.

PENN Carnage II Jigging Spinning

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.6

Grip & Comfort

4.6

Durability

4.6

Portability

4.6

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General Impression

PENN is a well-known name when it comes to reels but what about their rods? Are they as trustworthy and dependable as the reels you have come to depend on? Well, if the Carnage II is any indication the answer is “yes”. Unlike PENN reels, many of which are higher-end and outside the price range of the average angler, the Carnage II is a moderately priced yet dependable rod for the masses. There are currently 3 lengths available in either casting or spinning models (5’8″, 6’2″ and 6’6″ for casting and 6′, 6’2″ and 6’6″ for spinning) with line rates between 30 LBS to a whopping 200 LBS. Each blank utilizes SLS3 construction for a nice balance of strength, sensitivity and overall weight. Both models include Fuji guides with alconite inserts, perfect for use with braided line. The casting models use Fuji reel seats while the spinning models rely on Pac Bac aluminum reel seats. Of course, the casting models also include a finger grip handle while the spinning models include a smooth rubber shrink grip handle. All Carnage II rods single-piece design and include an aluminum gimbal at the butt with removal cover to protect the angler when not using a fighting belt.

Specifications

BRAND: PENN
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: SLS3
LENGTH: 6′,6’4″,6’6″
ACTION: Moderate Fast
POWER: Medium to Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • Quality construction and components at a reasonable price
  • Multiple lengths and line ratings allow you to select the perfect rod for how you fish
  • Gimbal cover allows for greater comfort when not using a fighting belt
  • All rods are covers by a 1-year warranty and PENN offers excellent customer service

CONS

  • Many anglers worry the inserts may dislodge during use, which will surely put the rod out of action
  • Shorter lengths limit rods to moderate to moderate-fast actions.
  • Not the best choice for those who prefer using monofilament line
  • Finger grips on casting models are an unnecessary addition to jigging rod

GOOFISH Solid Nano Blank Slow Pitch Jigging Rod Light Shore Jigging Rod Slow Action Pitch Rod Pe 2-4 1.98m(6'6") (1 Piece & Spinning Model, 6'6

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Grip & Comfort

4.6

Durability

4.6

Portability

4.4

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General Impression

Goofish is a relatively new company specializing in rods specifically designed for slow pitch jigging, a technique the uses lightweight rods that are longer and softer than traditional jigging rods. The reason rods are capable of lifting big fish without a beefy broom handle blank is the reliance on modern technology. Solid nano tech blank relies on a solid core spiral-wrapped by an outer layer for the perfect combination of resilience, pulling power and nearly unbreakable durability in a light-weight design. The rod is finished with top of the line accessories including Fuji K-Frame & A-Ring guides, with reinforced attachment points, high-quality Fuji reel seats EVA anti-skid shock-absorbing handles. Three weight classifications area available, each distinguished by a different color for easy distinction.

Specifications

BRAND: GOOFISH
PIECES: 1 or 1.5
PRIMARY MATERIAL: Nano Tech
LENGTH: 6’6″
ACTION: Fast
POWER: Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: Not Listed

PROS

  • Specially designed for slow pitch jigging and designed to handle big fish
  • Available in 3 weight (drag) options, each painted a different color for easy identification
  • 1-year replacement warranty
  • Excellent customer service

CONS

  • The colors used are a bit bright for some anglers’ taste
  • Not suitable for use with a traditional reel, requires specially design slow jigging reel for proper operation
  • The finger grip is not necessary and detracts from the overall function of handle

St. Croix MJJC58XHMF Mojo Jig Graphite Conventional Fishing Rod with Advanced Reinforcing, 5-feet 8-inches

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Grip & Comfort

4.8

Durability

4.9

Portability

4.7

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General Impression

Vertical jigging is one of the most demanding techniques available to anglers. The constant up and down off heavy lead, interrupted by swift strikes from heavy game fish can be punishing, to say the least. While St. Croix is well known and highly regarded for its wide range of quality bass rods, they have never offered a rod designed for jigging. But all that changed with the MOJO Jig Rod. First introduced in 2016 this rod has taken the industry, and anglers, by storm and remained a top choice since. St. Croix combines their patented SCII mid-modulus graphite fiber and Fortified Resin System (FRS) to reduce micro-breaks & produce rod up to 33% stronger. Each rod is finished with Sea Guide line guides with aluminum-oxide rings, Fuji gimbals, either Fuji PSS-SD (casting) or DPS reel seats with an aluminum hood and built-in locking ring, and premium EVA split handle.

Specifications

BRAND: St. Croix
PIECES: 1
PRIMARY MATERIAL: SCII Graphite
LENGTH: 5’8″, 6’6″
ACTION: Moderate Fast
POWER: Medium to X Heavy
ROD WEIGHT: 9.5 to 10.1 ounces

PROS

  • Each line guide includes under wraps to protect blank
  • Medium fast action is well suited for jigging, allow for a little extra snap on the retrieve
  • Quality construction with only the finest components for a dependable, durable rod
  • These rods are not just “suitable for jigging” it is what they were designed to do

CONS

  • Limited length selection is disappointing
  • Finger grip on casting models is not necessary on a jigging rod
  • Although St. Croix is a trusted name this is their first jigging rod
  • While a quality jigging rod there is nothing groundbreaking about the design

How to choose a jigging rod?

When choosing a jigging rod you need a rod that provides the correct action to the lure, can handle the weight of large lures in deep water and withstand the fight that will be forthcoming when big fish are on the other end. But not just any broomstick with a reel taped to it will do. Let’s examine what you should be looking for.

Similar to crankbait rods, Action is the first feature that needs to be considered as it is what will allow you to transfer movement of the rod into desired lure action. A Moderate Fast to Fast action with a tip of moderate stiffness is the standard.

Next, you will need to ensure the rod has the power necessary to handle big fish. There was a time when this was achieved by making the rod heavy & thick but those are a thing of the past. Today’s rods are much thinner, often appearing too light for the heavy activity they will face, and much thinner due to the use of graphite composites, carbon fiber, and similar construction materials. Of course, it is also important that the rod is rated to handle the heavy jigs and high strength lines needed.

Most jigging rods are short, in the 5′ to 6′ range, which makes them easier to handle and increases the overall strength of the rod. However, do not discredit a rod simply because it may be longer than 6′. Modern construction materials do allow for rod greater than 6′ to still make excellent jigging rod. Plus, if you are intent on trying your hand at slow pitch jigging you will find those rods tend to be 7′ or longer.

One of the final features to consider is the weight. The weight of the rod does not have so much to do with whether or not it will catch fish, it has to do with how long you will be able to use it. Jigging is hard work. You need to maintain a steady rhythm to ensure your jig stays in motion and many of those jigs are heavy and in deep water. Look for a rod that is light enough to hold & move for extended periods and balance so it will be comfortable while doing so.

1. What is jigging?

Jigging is a fishing technique that involves a weighted lure, the jig, suspended nearly vertical and worked with an action that makes it resemble a fleeing baitfish. If practicing slow pitch jigging, a relatively new version of the technique, involves the lighter gear that imparts a slightly different action that resembles a wounded baitfish.

2. What is a jigging rod and how is it different from a normal rod?

Jigging rods are typically shorter rods that combine Moderate Fast or Fast action with Heavy power and a tip that recovers quickly. Although modern jigging rods rarely resemble the thick, broom handle like versions of the past they are still specifically designed for jigging. Although you can try to jig with a normal multi-purpose rod the action of the lure will not be as precise as then rods are designed with other applications, such as casting, in mind.

3. Why do I need a special jigging rod?

No matter what sport you are involved in it is important to have the correct equipment. Although you can jig with any rod, you will not be as successful. The lure action will be different, they will not have the ability to handle heavy jigs and are likely to break under the strain of larger fish.

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REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!

Tom Burrell

Tom is a product expert, a degreed career Conservation Officer, and an avid outdoorsman originally from Northeast Pennsylvania. Tom has spent 23 years as a Conservation Officer, during which time he has fished throughout the Americas. He has targeted some of the most prized fresh and saltwater species using a variety of techniques. His key interests include boating, reading, anything outdoors and spending time with his family. Tom takes unique pride in sharing his love for the outdoors with his young son and teaching him the subtleties of nature.

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