Honest Review of Fiblink Saltwater Jigging Jig Spinning Rod
Last Updated on January 4th, 2021
Whether you’re a beginner, mildly experienced, or seasoned angler: you’re always going to be hunting for the best tackle. It’s a search that doesn’t stop for anyone, until you find the rod that is perfect for you and your fishing needs.
Since you’re looking for a saltwater spinning rod, you’ve probably got a bit of experience to boot. Saltwater fishing requires a greater level of skill than freshwater fishing; and it’s much more adrenaline-filled.
My good friend once asked an experienced angler which jigging rod can handle 400lbs. His answer was, promptly, “Forget the rod, can you handle a 400lbs goliath grouper?”
Jokes apart, we know that it is both the heaviness of the gear as well as the talent of the fisherman that matter. There certainly are some rods that can handle 400lbs fish while some others will snap or take you down with it. Since you’re likely to encounter some rather big fish when saltwater fishing, you have to ensure that your rod can live up to the challenge.
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The Fiblink advertises itself as a rod specifically designed for vertical jigging. With 1-piece graphite-glass fiber composite blank, it offers incredible pulling power. The rod is a point of pride for anglers who engage in prolonged battle with big fish (even sharks).
- Strong backbone to handle 100+lbs of tarpon and sharks
- Eye-catching design
- Aluminum alloy reel seat, holds onto reel firmly
- Length suitable for boat, bridge and pier fishing
- Moderate to fast action
- EVA foregrip
- Not lightweight enough for jigging
- On the heavier side which makes battling tricky
- Guides are of sub-par quality
- Not flexible enough
- Tip could be softer to make rod suitable for ice fishing as well
This rod is a lot of flash for little cash. As probably the most eye-catching rod in the market, users report constantly getting asked from other anglers about their rod. The design is modern and contemporary, while the blue-black-gold colours definitely stand out.
The rod blanks are made from 1-piece tubular graphite composite. The handle is made out of EVA foam. I’m generally a fan of cork handles but for the contemporary design, the black EVA foam is durable and attractive as well.
We recommend the Daiwa reel spooled with blue 65lb braid that complements it.
The Fiblink is known for having a very sturdy backbone. It’s pulled in Mutton Snappers, Tarpons, Barracuda and Amberjack, and even Blue Fin shark.
The reason why I’ve given it only a 4/5 is because the rod is so heavy. Fiblink advertises this rod as a jigging rod though we doubt you could last the morning trying to jig this rod from a pier. That means you’d need a belt and harness with this rod and you’d also have a very difficult time trying to battle a fish from, say, a kayak.
Anglers call this rod a “club” because of how heavy and solid it is. They even joke that you can keep this fishing rod in the trunk of your car and very nearly get into trouble with the police for carrying around a lethal weapon.
The heavy duty stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts have caused trouble for some anglers who decided to swap them out for higher quality ones.
Without question, the Fiblink Saltwater Jigging Jig Spinning Rod is far more affordable than any other comparable rod. You can get a rod at easily 2 or 3 times the price of the exact same quality.
For the kind of structural integrity and durability you get with this rod, the price is absolutely worth it. The heaviness is not entirely a deal-breaker for a fisherman spending a few hours with it. But for a professional, this could be a point of contention.
Things to consider when buying a saltwater jigging rod
- Rod power: The rod should be sturdy enough to handle large fish. Large is also a subjective term. A large fish can be 20lbs all the way to 400lbs. Figure out just how large your intended prey is, and do your research on the kind of fish found in your area. Knowing your fish is key for identifying your tackle.
- Suitable for jigging: The rod should be light-weight enough to accommodate jigging techniques. Vertical jigging takes a lot of strength and you don’t want to end up so tired that you don’t have fighting left in you for when the fish does bite the line.
- Suitable for sea water: The rod should be designed such that it handles saline water and doesn’t corrode. That’s why saltwater rods can be a good deal more expensive than freshwater ones.
Alternate Saltwater Jigging Spinning Rod
- PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combo Sea Saltwater Freshwater Kit Fishing Rod Kit
Yes, the Amazon name is a mouthful. The Plusinno Rod is well known for being lightweight and sturdy as well as extremely affordable.
This is a rod and reel set that works perfectly in saltwater as well as freshwater.
Both the variants, the Medium as well as the Medium Heavy have caught impressive fish. One only has to scroll through Amazon reviews to take a look at some of these fish. I’m attaching a picture here from the reviews.