Here is a budget tuna rod and reel combo for under $250.
Penn Rampage Conventional Roller Rod and Penn Squall Levelwind trolling reel. The Penn Squall Levelwind is a great trolling reel that can hold 900 yards of 50 lb braided line. The Rampage Roller rod is a tubular fiberglass blank topped with Pac Bay Roller Guides. It’s a powerful rod with a great backbone and sensitivity.
You just can’t beat this tuna fishing setup for the very low price. Penn makes excellent fishing tackle and has been on top for many years.
The best rod for tuna fishing is the Shimano Tallus Slick Butt Roller Rod. Nothing beats Shimano when it comes to fishing. They just make the best stuff. The Shimano Tallus roller rod is the pinnacle of tuna rods. They just don’t get much better. They get more expensive but not better.
The Shimano Tallus features a high modulus blank that has 4 outer layers wrapped with a 90 degree graphite material. It’s super strong and indestructible. The roller guides are Aftco and the reel seat Fuji. The grip and butt are Eva. It’s a real beauty and performs better than it’s appearance.
The Tallus comes in 4 power levels, Medium Heavy, Heavy, Extra Heavy and 2X Heavy. All Tallus tuna rods are 5’9″.