The sheer variety involved in fishing techniques is part of the appeal. You will never learn every single technique and type of fishing, so you always have something new to learn. When it comes to fishing for carp and specimen fish, different people have their own idea as to the best way to go about it. Spodding is one, and it is a very successful way of landing decent fish.
If you haven’t used a spod rod, here’s a brief explanation. A spod is sometimes known as a bait rocket and when you see one you’ll know why. It is a tubular device, open at one end and closed at the other. You fill it with your preferred bait, cast it on a line, and when it hits the spot it deposits a lot of bait at once. This is intended to attract the fish more readily, and you then reel them in!
Of course, as with all types of fishing, there is more to it than that, but spodding is a popular method that is fast becoming more so, and can be excellent fun. As you’re reading this, you probably know more about it than we do. We’ve chosen to look at spod rod and reel combos as they are the complete package. Rather than buying all the bits together, you get it all in one purchase, and it saves money and makes sense.
Let’s have a look, then, at the best spod rod and reel combos we found for sale right now.
The Best Ones
This is a genuine all-in-one package that will appeal to those new to spodding as well as anyone with prior experience. It may not be a top-end product – that doesn’t mean it’s not good quality – but what it is is a great set at a sensible price. To begin with, you get a 12-foot spod rod from Lineaeffe, which is a decent brand, so you’re on to a winner there. You also get a spare spool of line for added versatility.
This package comes with a nice LN 70 reel from the same maker, which makes for great compatibility, and it’s a decent reel for the price too. Along side all of this you get a pair of spod rockets, so you really are ready to settle down, sort your bait out and cast off. Customer reviews are very favourable, with the rod itself coming in for particular praise, so we recommend you take a second look at this one.
Key Features – name brand, rod, reel, spods, line, spare spool, sensible price
This high quality spod rod and reel makes an excellent choice, and is clearly designed with the experienced angler in mind. What you get is a powerful 12-foot spod rod, with a 5lb test curve capacity, plus 20lb braid already loaded which is perfect for carp fishing. The reel itself is a top-quality carbon chassis design that offers smooth operation and excellent capability.
What you don’t get is the spods, as you do in the package above, but they are readily available and we don’t think this one is overpriced at the advertised cost. It’s a very responsive reel and customer comments have alluded to the usability of the package, and this one is suitable for use with heavier baits for sea fishing as well as for spodding. All in all, a decent package with some fine attributes, and at a sensible price.
Key Features – quality reel, braid pre-loaded, 12-foot rod, no spods included
This rod comes from the renowned Matt Hayes brand, a leader in quality angling equipment at sensible prices, and as such is a very impressive piece of kit. It’s a 12foot rod, the norm for spodding, with a more than adequate 4.5lb test curve from a quality reel, and it provides very decent performance and handling. You don’t get any spods with this one, so you will have to source your own – they are readily available and not expensive.
The reel itself is a 7000-size Lineaeffe Master, which is a very good reel indeed, with great performance that lends itself not only to spodding but, thanks to it’s strength, also for sea fishing and other coarse use. It is already fitted with mono filament line, so is pretty much ready to go. This package is a similar price to those above and, as such, not badly placed in the cost scale, so certainly well worth a look.
Key Features – 12-foot Matt Hayes Rod, quality Lineaeffe reel, line loaded, 4.5lb TC
Our final choice is another from Lineaeffe; this brand has a good reputation for quality equipment at sensible prices, and this is another full spodding package that makes great appeal. You get a very nice 12ft rod, with a 3lb test curve – not the best of these but adequate, say, for a beginner – and it is easy to handle and made to high quality.
You also get a more than capable reel with a three-bearing operation, all the gearing options you need, and which is pre-loaded with line to a sensible capacity for spodding. With the rod and reel comes a nice spod rocket, which makes the whole package complete, and at the price we can’t see anything wrong with what is a very good starter pack for the spodding novice.
Key Features – rod, reel and spod, 3lb TC, 12ft rod, line pre-loaded
That’s our list of four spod rod and reel combos, and if you look you might find more. However, we think those listed cover all the bases and will cater for everyone from the novice to the experienced angler, so before we go on to give a verdict as to which may be best for you, let’s recap some important factors you need to consider.
What are you looking for when buying a spod rod and reel combo? Here’s what you need to think about:
Beginner or Experienced – are you buying for a beginner, or an experienced angler? We may only have four choices on our list, but there are a couple that appeal to the novice more than those who are experienced.
Accessories – not all of the above come with spods included – two of the packages do – so if you don’t want to have to go shopping around for your spod rockets, check out the all-in deals.
Test Curve – this is an indication of the power and strength of the rod; the test curve – in pounds – is the weight it will take to pull the tip around to a 90-degree angle. Hence, the heavier the test curve, the stronger the rod.
That’s really about it for these items, so all we need to do now is look at which may be best for you.
To be honest, it’s difficult to choose between these four packages, even though we feel we should be recommending the ones that come complete with spods.
The first one on our list is perhaps the best all-round deal, as it has a decent rod and reel with spods included, but for a quality rod there is no doubt the second on the list – the Qdos package – is the best of the lot, and as spods are not expensive we would recommend it as our choice.