Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Stand-Up Rods
Exclusive Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Howald Process™ construction incorporates an inner spiral of graphite for superior hoop strength, covered by an outer layer of glass fibers for even flex distribution. Fuji® graphite-reinforced reel seats with stainless steel hoods and blank-thru-handle construction; AFTCO® HD heavy-duty roller guides; exclusive Clear Tip® (clear, solid fiberglass tip), the strongest, most sensitive tip to top off a rod (on some models the tip is painted over). All Ugly Stiks come with the Ugly Back 60-day/5-year limited warranty.
XH = Extra Heavy
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•Practice until you can cast with a smooth motion. Let the rod do the work and don't try to cast it hard.
A basic star drag reel like the the Penn Senator would work but I like the Daiwa Saltist because it is light weight. If you favor a 2-speed lever drag system, the Avet EX and Shimano Tiagra are my favorites but these are quite a bit heavier.