Pen Size Fishing Rods and Reels

Pen size fishing rods and reels are small, lightweight and relatively durable piece of fishing gear that are easily carried around, requiring little space and often catch fish that surpasses recommended limits of such 'tiny' equipment.

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Landing any larger fish (for example, 5+ pounds, 2.5+ kg) with such equipment requires great skill and patience, but landing pan sized fish (and smaller) is rather easy.

Small dimensions of these rods and reels make them suitable for fishing in situations where space is limited and there are no much room to move around.

Few situations where these rods are great:

- when fishing small (bait) fish like mullets and similar fish that can be used as live bait for trolling or longlining. Due to small dimensions, one feels small fish much better when compared with larger rods and reels - it feels almost as handline fishing :)

- teaching children how to fish using rods and reels. Due to small dimensions and small weight, these are ideal for small children. And if they break something (and something will eventually be broken), most of these rods and reels combos cost less than 15-20 dollars/euros, but some models reach up to or even more than 100 dollars/euros.

Note: when teaching children how to fish, first thing on your mind should be safety, not fishing!!!

- fishing when not planned - it is not always practical to carry full size fishing equipment when you are near the shore. These rods and reels can fit into the pocket or backpack and if you find nice spot for fishing and want to fish, you have all what you need - rod and reel. Suitable bait can be found on any beach, just use your imagination. Or just use lures :)

- as a gift. They are cheap, they are more than usable and they look cool. If you have someone who likes fishing, these rods and reels are great gifts.

Pen Size Rods and Reels Specifications

Although there are numerous manufacturers that produce this type of fishing gear, most of models are rather very similar.

Rods are telescopic, mostly made of fiberglass and aluminum. Closed length is usually between 6 and 8 inches (15 - 20 cm), extended length around 36 and 42 inches (0.9 - 1m) and they usually whey around or less than 60g (2 ounces).

Reels are mostly made of aluminum or aluminum alloys. Their weight varies between 120 and 160g (4-6 ounces) and their line capacity is rarely larger than 5 lbs/180 yards or 0.5mm/190 meters (monofilament lines - using braided lines, one can put more line on the spool, but ...)

Price - pen fishing rods and reels can be found for about 10 dollars/euros. Models above 20 dollars/euros are often stronger and durable, but in most situations (larger fish), it is all about fisherman skill.

Most of the pen fishing rods and reels are designed for saltwater fishing and are resistant to salt water. However, it is advisable to rinse them with fresh water after each use - they will look nice for longer period of time and generally last longer.

There are several manufacturers of pen sized fishing rods and reels and here are few of the recommended models:

Mini Aluminum Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Reel Silver

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Material: Fibre glass, aluminum alloy
Closed length: 20cm / 7.87in
Extended length: 96.2cm / 37.87in
Weight: 55g

Mini Baitcasting Reel
Material: Aluminum alloy
Rotate Speed Ratio: 5.1:1
Weight: 147g / 5.19oz
Line spooling capacity: 51b/180 yards or 0.5mm/190 meters

This pen fishing rod is great for situations where full-size fishing gear is inconvenient. Aluminum alloy reel includes forward and reverse ratchet stop and drag control. Reel attaches between 2 grooves in the pen body. Compact, lightweight body fits in pocket, glove box, briefcase, backpack, etc.

It is not the cheapest pen fishing rod and reel combo, but it is crafted well, can be used in many situations, and it is great gift.
Teaching kids to fish? IMHO, go for similar, but much cheaper models.

For more info, feel free to check Mini Aluminum Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Reel Silver Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


E-most Mini Aluminum Saltwater Fishing Tackle Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Pole + Reel

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Material: Fibre glass, aluminum alloy
Color: Silver, Black, Purple, Golden, Blue, Red
Closed length: 20cm / 7.87in
Extended length: 96.2cm / 37.87in
Weight: 55g

Mini Baitcasting Reel
Material: Aluminum alloy
Rotate Speed Ratio: 5.1:1
Weight: 147g / 5.19oz
Line spooling capacity: 51b/180yards or 0.5mm/190meters

For more info about this cheap combo, feel free to check E-most Mini Aluminum Saltwater Fishing Tackle Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Pole + Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


HQMaster Fish Fishing Tool

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Material: Fibre glass, aluminium alloy
Color: Silver
Closed length: 23cm
Extended length: 96.2cm
Weight: 55g

Mini Baitcasting Reel
Material: Aluminium alloy
Rotate Speed Ratio: 5.1:1
Weight: 115g
Line spooling capacity: 51b/180yards or 0.5mm/190 meters

For more info about really lightweight combo, feel free to check Mini Aluminum Portable Pocket Pen Shape Fishing Fish Rod Pole + Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


Mini Aluminum Saltwater Fishing Tackle Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Pole with Reel

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Material: Fibre glass, aluminum alloy
Color: Red and Yellow
Closed length: 20cm / 7.87in
Extended length: 96.2cm / 37.87in
Weight: 57g

Mini Baitcasting Reel
Material: Aluminum alloy
Rotate Speed Ratio: 4.3:1
Weight: 147g / 5.19oz
Line spooling capacity: 51b/180yards or 0.5mm/190meters

For more info, feel free to check Mini Aluminum Saltwater Fishing Tackle Pocket Pen Fishing Rod Pole with Reel Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


There are many other models of this fishing gear class. Somebody consider them as toys only, but they can do their job well. Just don't expect to catch big game fish with combos that weigh around 250g (little more than half a pound).

Need live bait? Well, give few of these to the kids and offer them some ice cream or similar reward for live bait and let them fish the day before you go on a fishing trip ... :)