Telescopic fishing rods are becoming more and more popular all the time as manufacturers improve their designs and lower their prices. The best telescopic fishing rods generally perform just as good as standard one or two piece rods, and have the added benefit of being very transportable and easy to store.
The market for small telescopic fishing rods has been relatively large for a number of years now. However, people have recently begun to adopt larger surf style telescopic rods. These are absolutely incredible for people who have to walk a long way to get to their fishing spots, who don’t have the space to store larger rods, or who simply can’t fit surf rods in their car!
Our top four favorite large telescopic fishing rods (longer than eight feet) include:
In our opinion, the Hurricane Mako Telescopic Rod is one of the best, if not the best larger telescopic rod on the market. Although it is only eght feet long, it performs extremely well, even in tough conditions, and is definitely worthy of a spot on this list.
The six piece rod design mean that it folds up to a compact and easily transportable size. When at its minimum, the Hurricane Mako is just 20 inches long – more than small enough to fit into a standard back pack or piece of carry on luggage when flying! Add to this the fact that it comes with a hard carry case, and you have the perfect larger telescopic fishing rod for traveling.
The ceramic rod eyes are extremely hard wearing and easy on your line. They won’t corrode under normal usage, and are strong enough to bring in even the largest fish. The eyes are also spaced pretty close together – about one every foot – which gives you a lot more control and ability to guide a hooked fish away from snags and reefs.
In my opinion, this is the best telescopic rod longer than eight feet which you will find. It is affordable, presents great value for money, and is reported to be very long lasting and tough. Although I haven’t used it enough to confirm or deny this, I don’t see any reason why the Hurricane Mako 8 foot rod wouldn’t stand the test of time.
This rod gets five out of five stars for its affordability, strength, and value for money!
This is undoubtedly the best large telescopic fishing rod on the market. With models up to 11.81 feet (3.6 meters) long, the Sougayilang Spinning Telescopic Fishing Rod can be used for almost any kind of surf or land based ocean fishing.
Although a lot of telescopic fishing rods of this length are weak and break easy, this model doesn’t seem to. The largest model (the 11.8 foot one) has the following specifications:
- 11.81 foot extended length designed for things like surf fishing.
- 70cm closed length for easy transportability.
- Line rating of 8 – 15lb, which is perfect for most land based surf fishing needs.
- Seven individual eyes to guide your line and make sure that you have the ultimate control over your fishing.
- Cast weight rating of up to 21 grams.
These specs are consistent with a decent surf rod. Although the weight rating is a little light for heavy surf, I didn’t have any trouble casting slightly heavier weights.
The stainless steel eyes seem to be firmly attached to the rod, which is great for people who give their fishing gear a bit of a beating from time to time. The machined aluminum reel seat is strong and fits a range of reel sizes – unlike some other rods which are impossible to attach smaller reels to.
In my opinion, this rod would be best suited to land based lure fishing. Its length and flexibility allows long distance casting, and it is strong enough to fight large fish. However, it is still more than adequate for other forms of land based fishing, including surf fishing.
I would happily spend my money on this rod – for the price, you really can’t go wrong!
Although pricey, this telescopic fishing rod presents a great choice for people looking for a high-quality rod that will stand up to regular long term use. Shimano has a great reputation for developing high quality fishing gear, and this rod is no exception.
At 8.9 feet, it is long enough for most surf or rock fishing applications. It features eight eyes, eleven individual sections, and a closed length of just 1.25 feet – small enough to fit in a backpack or tackle bag. With a rated casting weight of up to 30 grams, you will find that this rod is fine for targeting bigger fish in heavy surf.
Although telescopic rods are known to be weaker than their fixed counterparts, I found that this rod was extremely strong. I don’t think that I would have been able to break it fishing normally, even when casting quite heavy baits.
The main downside with this rod is the cost. However, you really are getting what you pay for. If you have money to spend, and you must have a telescopic rod rather than a single or two piece model, then this is the rod for you. Recommended!
Although this rod is relatively new on the market, I have decided to include it here because of the amazing specs that it seems to boast. Note that I haven’t tested this rod.
With models ranging to 11.81 feet, this rod seems to be the perfect telescopic option for keen surf fishermen. It is rated to 40 grams cast weight, and folds down to 2.26 feet for transporting. Although this is longer than most telescopic rods, it also means that there are less potential weak points on the rod, reducing the chance of it breaking on larger fish.
The rod comes complete with a carry bag and free soft plastic lure, and although slightly expensive, I feel that it would definitely be worth the investment.
Unfortunately, if you are searching for a telescopic surf rod, there aren’t many choices. Longer telescopic rods have a poor reputation, and have been known to break easily and to perform poorly. However, innovative new designs and clever manufacture means that there are some decent models on the market (as outlined above), and it is now possible to use a longer telescopic rod with confidence!