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 04/21/2017 06:16 PM
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larenyon

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Any recommendations on my first surfcasting rod/reel combo? What length is best for MB area (12ft?)? An avid fisherman I know told me to just pick up something from Walmart. Is this recommended? (Trying to keep costs down as I'm just trying it out.) Thx.

 04/21/2017 11:54 PM
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c4rbz

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Imo, grab an ugly stick for the rod (at very least a 7'6") and a good capacity shimano or penn reel. Cheap reliable setup...probably around 100 total unless you choose a Shimano stradic or spinfisher or similar higher quality reel, then it would be about 200 or more..wal mart probably has them in stock..

 04/21/2017 11:59 PM
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c4rbz

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Also I would add don't waste your time on cheap wal mart combos such as Shakespeare. They're pretty garbage and go to shit pretty easily..it's worth the money to pay double for a quality brand reel..

 04/22/2017 05:33 PM
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miker

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Truth... I can out cast any walmart special surf caster with my 7ft Tarpon Bay and 10 year old quantum.
 04/27/2017 01:08 PM
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Stripecat

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Reel: Zeebaas (20 or 22).

Rod: 9' - 9'6" Shimano Tiralejo.

 

You'll never own another combo for life.

 04/29/2017 03:29 AM
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palerider

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What do u guys think of $75-$100 Penn reel at Wally World? Spider wirer worth it?

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 05/16/2017 12:12 PM
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tingo

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Ugly sticks have too much play at the tip. Its hard to get a good set.

 

Penn 550ss is one of my favorite mid sized spinning reels 

 05/17/2017 09:58 AM
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miker

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Kind of depends on which ugly stick rod you are talking about. I have one sitting in my garage that is super stiff for pulling snook out of structure. Granted, it is only a back up rod now as I traded it out for a Loomis several years ago, but it served its purpose in pulling several 40" + snook out of pilings.
 05/18/2017 11:22 AM
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WG

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Maybe it's my crappy old equipment that's keeping me from ever catching anything anymore, and not some lack of fish caused by whatever.

Yea, that's my story.

Maybe the wife will even buy it when a drop another couple hundred bucks so I can finally catch $20 worth of fish.
 05/26/2017 02:06 PM
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larenyon

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I'm looking at the Penn Fierce II reel. There are a bunch of sizes though, and don't know which I should get. Does it go by length of pole you will match it with?

 05/27/2017 03:24 PM
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Cole

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Daiwa's new Black Gold is one of the tightest reels I've every seen for $100.

I live a slightly larger reel for the surf rod.

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 05/29/2017 05:00 AM
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onebuck

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Those black and golds are fucking tanks...VERY GOOD...

 05/29/2017 07:38 PM
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Cole

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I just checked out the 4500 and 5000 today, both reels are $119 - $95 on e-bay - and have the same body, but the 5000 has a larger rotor and spool. The 5000 holds almost 500 yards of 40 braid and both have a drag of 22 pounds. Pretty solid for a $100 reel.

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 06/01/2017 10:16 AM
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stokedpanda

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^^^Cole^^^^ agree those reels are slick, but a cheap 9-12' rod and you are good to go. If slinging lures maybe invest more $$ for a lighter weight rod but IMO on surf rods you don't always get what you pay for.

I have had a 10' Berkley that came as a combo, the reel died after a couple months so upgraded the reel(twice now currently with a penn 6500 spinfisher) and still use 15 years later.

Robby at the 76 dive center or black dog in MEL beach are my fav tackle shops.

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