When choosing between an overhead fishing rod and spin or bait caster varieties, it is important to consider what type of fishing you are going to be doing.
Overhead fishing rods are great if you are going to be dropping baits or lures to the bottom when fishing offshore on your boat. The easy free spool action means you can drop your bait or lure down vertically faster than you can with a spin reel. It also means you can allow the fish to take the bait before ‘striking’.
Overhead rods are also ideal for trolling, because their shape and size fit easily into rod holders so the rod tip will always be prepared for a strike.
They also have a greater line capacity, which is important when fishing in deep water or targeting species such as marlin, tuna and other pelagic fish that can pull hundreds of metres of line from the reel.
The Penn Levelwind Overhead Combo is a great example of an overhead fishing rod. It features 2 ball bearings which will make the reel smooth to use, even when the drag settings are super-tight. The reel size is large enough to fit heavy-duty braid or monofilament. The fishing rod is very strong, so you can muscle away large fish from reef, broken bottoms and other line-breaking hazards.
If you are looking for a high quality and reliable overhead fishing rod for your boat, look no further than the Penn Levelwind Overhead Combo.