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Postby Railroader » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:28 pm

Well here it is, another fishing season about to kick off. What rods and reels are you gonna be using, and for what applications? This should provide enough discussion to last until summer. So, here we go.

My line-up is as follows:


I. SURF RODS

A. Heavy Heavers
1. OM-12H/Penn 545 Knobby, #40 TBG.
2. OM-12H/Daiwa SMF 250, #40 TBG.

B. Mini Heavers
1. OM-10H/Daiwa 20SHA, #17 Sufix w/125yd #20 Fireline backing
2. Star Stellar 11' 4-8oz/525Mag, #17 Sufix w/125yd #20 Fireline

C. Bottom/Panfish
1. Star Stellar 11' 2-5/Abu Blue Yonder, #14 Sufix
2. Shimano Tribal 12' 3# TC/Penn Slammer 360, 14# Fireline
3. Gator Glass Pomp 11'6" 2-4 oz./Abu 6500 Mag Elite, 14# Sufix

D. Long Distance
1. AFAW Surf 13' 2-5 oz./Abu 6500 CT/14# Sufix
2. Breakaway LDX/Penn 525 Knobby, #14 Sufix
3. Daiwa Emblem 12' 3-6/Stradic 5000, #20 Fireline

E. Lures/Metal
1. Breakaway 1145 9'6" 1-3/Abu 5500, #14 Sufix
2. Fenwick Fenglas 8'10" 1/2-2/Abu 5500, #14 Sufix


II. PIER RODS

A. General Bottom Fishing
1. Pair of Crowder E-Series 7'3" 1-3/Abu 6500 C4's, #20 TBG
2. OM-30CA 7' 20# Class/Daiwa 30SHA, #20 TBG

B. Bait/Lure
1. Star Stellar 7' 1-1/2oz/Slammer 260, #14 Fireline

C. Flounder/Sheeps
1. Star Stellar 7' 2oz/Abu 5500, #20 Power Pro
2. Crowder E-Series 7' 2oz/Stradic 5000, #20 Fireline

D. Kingfishin'
1. OM-12H 6-12/Penn Squidder-mag, #30 TBG
2. Tsunami Trophy 7' #25 class/Daiwa Saltist 40H, #20 TBG


III. 'YAK RODS

A. Light Lures
1. St. Croix Tidemaster 6'6" 5/8oz/Stradic 1000, #10 Fireline
2. St. Croix Tidemaster 6'6" 5/8oz/Calcutta 50B, #14 Fireline

B. Heavy Lures
1. G.Loomis Greenwater 6'6" 3/4oz/Stradic 2500, #20 Fireline
2. G.Loomis Greenwater 6'6" 3/4oz/Calcutta 100B, #20 Fireline

C. Sheepshead
1. Ug Stick Lite 6'M cut to 4'8"/Penn 430SS, #20 Fireline

D. Flyrods
1. T.F.O. Signature 9' 9wt/T.F.O. Mk-II
2. Martin Mill Creek 8' 5wt/MB34


IV. SHARKIN'
A. Crowder E Series 6' 80# class/Penn 9/0, #80 Ande
B. Crowder E Series 6' 50# class/Penn 6/0, #50 Ande


Hmmm, that's only 29 rods...I thought it'd be worse than that! I'm not as bad a 'Ho as I thought... :twisted:
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Postby The Fish Hunters » Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:12 pm

Updated 7-30-08

Surf
12' Tica Dolphin & Penn 545 (Shark)
10' Daiwa Sealine & Emcast Plus 5000 (Live Bait)
9' Daiwa Eliminator & Tica Scepter (Live Bait)
9' Tica Dolphin & Daiwa Emcas 4500 (Bottom Rig)
8' Pinnacle (Sabiki)

Jigging
6'6" Shimano Teramar & Pleugar Medalist

Pier/Bridge/Jetty:
7' Shimano Saguaro & Shimano Spheros 6000

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Wheelez Beach Cart
Igloo Marine 54 Cooler (For Live Bait)

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Postby bartyb » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:48 pm

SURF RODS

Table fish catagory
Lamiglass SB1664 13'10"/Abu 6500 Mag 14# FLying Fisher
Lamiglass SB1664 13'10"/Penn 525 Mag 14# Flying Fisher
GatorGlass Pomp 11'6"/Abu 5600 Mag 12# Momoi Co-poly
13' 3lb TC Carp rod/Abu 5600 Magtrax 12# Momoi Co-poly

Multi Use Spinner

RS1265 extended to 12'6"/Abu 7000BG Center drag 15# Sufix siege

Heavers

OM Light/525 Mag 15# Sufix siege
One more to be diceded for 8nbait

Sharkin

RS1569/Penn 545GS 30# Trilene BG
C&H Custom 8' 80lb/Penn 9/0 350yds of 80# Momoi Diamond backed with 430yds of 80# PP
8' Ugly stick 30-50lb/Penn 4/0 150yds of 50 Momoi Daiamond backed with 80#PP

King rig

Penn PPT Pendulum/Penn 525 Mag (Mud Rod)
Daiwa Custom 15-30lb/Penn 535GS (Fightin Rod)

Inshore/yak/light tackle

7'Star Stellar light 1/2-2oz/Shimano Stradic 4000
7' Hurricane redbone 5/8-1-1/2/Daiwa TDSOL 2500
This list will change and vary due to the amount of inshore blanks I have that will be rebuilt.
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Postby F.I.LetsGoFishing » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:18 pm

Table fish in surf
2 Penn spinnfisher 9ft with Mitchle 306
Harlan ?? 10ft 306 and somtimes penn ss4500
Penn Powerstick surf 11ft Okuma eb50

Distance and gamefish
Conoflex estuary with Ian golds 8000
Same penn powerstick Mitchle 302 or sometimes penn green 706

inshore
Quantam 6ft not even sure of name but like the action with penn ss4500
avaset?? 6ft eagleclaw
Abu black max small on penical 5.5ft rod

the names do not matter to me its all in what feels good at the time that drives my decision as to what to use. If it catchs fish I use it if not I lose it.
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Postby seajay » Sat Feb 16, 2008 3:17 pm

Well this is what I use.
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Rods consist of:
7' White Rino
10' No-Name
10' MH Diawa Sealine Surf
10' H Okuma Solaris
12' MH Okima Solars
Reels are:
Penn 525 Mag
Blue Yonder
Penn Mag 10
Red Abu 6000
Abu 6500 Mag CT Conversion
Penn Squidder

Inshore:
Rods: Shimano Claris 7'6" & Abu 4600C4
Shimano Teramar 7'6" & Penn 940 for now
Ugly Stix Lite 6'6" & Abu 5600
Diamond Exelence 7' & Penn 4300SS for now
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Postby live2kingfish » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:39 pm

Surf
2 10' daiwa emcasts(3-6 oz) with daiwa slosh20s
11' eliminator(2-8oz) with daiwa Opus 5000
12 AFAW blank soon to be built
maybe one of those 13'10 lamiglass when I talk to barty
8 ft shimano downrigger rod with abu 5500 C3

Inshore
shimano stradic 2000 with 6'6 g loomis
shimano bantam chronarch with 6'6 g loomis
several other shimano 1000s and cheaper rods

Kingfish
6 daiwa slosh30s on 7ft medium daiwa sealine triangular grip rods
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Postby Sea Level » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:41 pm

I just noticed this thread, so I thought that I would post up my tackle listing that is scotch taped to the door on the tackle locker. The only difference is I no longer have a Penn Slammer 560 -- I sold that reel to Brenda during the surf fishing class.

I refer to this listing to build rod & reel combinations as I select tackle to take along on a given trip depending on what species is being targeted and where I'm going to fish. I also want enough on hand to outfit son & son-in-law when we can fish together.

As a general rule I fish for Pompano when they are running -- all else is "by catch". Once I have sufficient Pompano filets in the freezer, then I will take along a heavier rod to fish for big Reds etc. I fish three or four rods at a time.

I will always carry a spinner capable of throwing 3 ounce lures. I may be fishing it with bait all day, but in an instant want to be able to revert to a "plug thrower". Also when Pompano are running, I will always take the Shimano Carp Rod to throw jigs or ball and fly rigs.


Favorite Surf Tackle Combinations (From Inventory as of Jan 2008)

Table Fish
Conventional Combinations
Penn 525 and AFAW “Surf” (3-5 oz.)(two of these)
Avet Sx and Conoflex Nevada (1-3 oz.)
Penn 525 and Conoflex “Barracuda Thief” (2-4 oz.)
Avet SX or Penn 525 and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)
Penn 525 and Ian Golds “Super Match” (3-6 oz)
Penn 525 and Ian Golds “Evolution Match-Light” (2-5 oz)

Spinning Combinations
Penn Slammer 560 or PM2600H and Barracuda Thief (2-4 oz)
Penn Slammer 560 or PM2600H and AFAW “Surf” (3-5 oz)
Penn Slammer 560 or PM2600H and Conoflex Nevada (1-3 oz,)
Daiwa Capricorn 4500 and Shimano “Techniun Carp Rod” (1-3 oz)
IG 8000 or Cabelas Salt Striker and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)
Diawa Capricorn 4000 and Star 8’ “Stellarlite “ (1-3 oz)
Daiwa Emblem x5500A or IG 8000 and Purglas “350-2” (3-6 oz) (Heavy Surf)

Larger Game Fish
Conventional Combinations
Penn 535 or Squidder and Breakaway “1508” (4-8 oz)
Penn 525 or 535 and Purglas “350-2” (3-6 oz)
Penn 525 or 535 and Ian Golds “Super Match” (2-6 oz)
Penn 535 or Squidder and Tica “1102XH” (4-8 oz)
Penn Squidder and “Old Brown Rod” (4-6oz.)

Bigger Spinning Combinations (Bait Fishing)
Daiwa Emblem x5500A or IG 8000 and Purglas “350-2” (3-6 oz)
Emblem X5500A , PM2600 or IG 8000 & Barracuda Thief (2-4 oz)
Daiwa PM2600H or Emblem X5500A and AFAW "Surf” (2-5 oz)
Daiwa PM2600H or Emblem X5500A and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)

Spinning Combinations for Casting Lures
Daiwa Emblem X5500A or IG 8000 and Purglas 350 - 3-5 oz lures
Emblem X5500A or PM2600H and Conoflex Barracuda Thief -2-4 oz lures
Daiwa PM2600H or Emblem X5500A and Star Stellarlite - 2-4 oz lures
Daiwa Capricorn or Cabelas Saltshaker and Shimano “Techniun” - 1-2.5 oz lures
Daiwa Capricorn and Star 8’ Stellarlite - 1-2 oz lures

Sharks
Penn 555 and Breakaway “1508” (4-8 oz)
Penn 555, Squidder or IG 8000 and Tica “1102XH” (4-8 oz)
IG 8000 and Purglas 350-2 (4-6 oz)


Favorites for Table Fishing Flagler Type Beach
Daiwa Capricorn 4500 or Cabelas Saltshaker and Shimano “Techniun” (1-3 oz)
Penn 525 and AFAW “Surf” (3-5 oz.)
Avet SX and Conoflex Nevada (1-3 oz.)
Penn Slammer 560 or PM2600H and Conoflex Barracuda Thief (2-4 oz)
Daiwa PM2600H or Salt Striker 50 and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)
Avet SX or Shimano 400s and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)
Daiwa Capricorn and Star 8’ Stellarlite (1-3 oz)
Penn 525 and Conoflex “Gambit” (2-5 oz.)


Favorites for Table Fishing Crescent Type Beach
Penn 525 and AFAW “Surf” (3-5 oz.)
Aver SX and Conoflex Nevada (1-3 oz.)
Penn 525 and Conoflex “Gambit” (2-5 oz.)
Capricorn 4500 or PM2600H and Conoflex Barracuda Thief (2-4 oz)
Daiwa PM2600H or Salt Striker 50 and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)
Penn 525 and Ian Golds “Super Match” (2-6 oz)
Avet SX or Penn 525 and Ian Golds “Evolution Match-Light” (2-5 oz)
Avet SX or Shimano 400s and Star “Stellarlite” (2-5 oz)


Lastly, if I had to pick only one rod & reel combination from this list to feed myself it would be the Daiwa PM2600H and Star Stellarlite (2-5 oz.) --a combination that is most flexible.
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Postby hklbery » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:28 pm

My collection is spartan compared to the rest of y'all :shock:

Rods:
4'6" Berkley lightning rod
7 ft Shakespeare Tiger Spinning combo
7 ft Abu Garcia cardinal bruiser combo
8 ft Daiwa Emcast Surf
9 ft Star
11 ft Cabela Predator
11 ft AFAW Estuary

Reels:
Zebco 33
2 Penn Slammer 560
Penn Captiva CV5000
Shimano Spheros 3000AF
Shimano Spheros 4000AF
Tica Abyss TF8007R bait runner
Cabela Salt Striker 55
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Postby FishinMortician » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:58 pm

Everything is for SURF fishing using bait and a spike. The first two double for lure presentation when I get the whim or I see something happening on the surface. The last one I use for field casting purposes.


Cabelas Predator- the heavier of the two offfered. Can accomidate a conventional reel, but has an inexpensive spinning reel of appropriate size mounted. PowerPro 40lb test line, PowerPro 80lb test shock leader. This is a great light action rod for fishing in very close, but can go out to medium range when asked. I use 3oz Gemini sinkers when rod is spiked, but it is also a good hand held rod when using a 2oz pancake sinker. This rod is also used for lure presentations, because it is light weight. It is very flexible and usually outcatches all the others, and is suprising strong when you get a drum to eat your shrimp. It is very versatile and was a great purchase. Even though it is not required for casting purposes, I still use a shock leader to help with abrasion resistance. Repeated casting and sand bar rub.

Conoflex Barracuda Thief- It has Fuji Lowriders, so can be used for conventional or spinning reels. It has an inexpensive spinning reel of appropriate size mounted. PowerPro 40lb test line, PowerPro 80lb test shock leader. This rod offers a great action that is light enough to keep fish on the hook, yet it can really go the distance when asked. It is also a great lure presentation rod, in that it is light weight. Cork handles. I use 4oz Gemini sinkers. The size of the reel's spool is more important than the name on the sticker. The reel I chose was $35, but was exactly the right size when you consider the distance to the first ring and the diameter of the first ring. Very user friendly, a favorite of mine, it simply does it all. This rod offers me coverage in the midranges mostly, but extreme ranges when needed.

SSC Gator Pomp Rod- I have not received it yet, but have seen pictures. I chose to buy this rod at Barty's suggestion. It is very whippie and I wanted a rod like that for pompano. It will help keep the fish on the hook all the way up and onto the sand. The action is exactly what is needed for a spiked rod. I bought a new reel just for this rod. Abu 6500 CT Green, and have it spooled with 15lb test mono and will use PowerPro 80lb test braid for a shock leader. This rod is to cover close in and midranges only. Great addition to the two above.

Conoflex Gambit- I have a Penn 525mag mounted on this rod. It can cast for extreme distances when needed, but will also help cover the midranges. I use 15lb test mono and a PowerPro 80lb test shock leader. I like to use 4oz and 5oz sinkers, as it enjoys them too. Custom built for Jeff by Frosty, I got it second hand. The action is stiffer than any of the above, but it is not a stiff rod.

AFAW Surf- This is my extreme distance go to rod. When it absolutely, possitively has to reach beyond the bar to catch the fish. Of course it does well at midranges too. I have a Penn 525mag mounted to it with 15lb test mono and PowerPro 80lb shock leader. This rod loads very well, which makes it very user friendly. If you can't cast this rod- give up. The action is about as stiff as the Gambit, but again is not what I call a stiff rod. Has a nice bend when playing a fish and gives a good feel. I like to use 4oz and 5oz sinkers. Came factory built from local supplier, nice finish. Great rod at a good price- look into getting one.

Breakaway LDX- I bought this rod when I was thinking that being able to cast at distance was the most important thing. I now know differently. This rod is stiff, and I believe that stiffness causes me to lose fish when rod is spiked. Consequently, it doesn't get much action. It does a fine job with lures and when fishing with cut baits for redfish and bluefish. It will handle a midsize shark as well. I have an inexpensive bait runner type of spinning reel in the midrange size mounted on it. PowerPro 50lb test line, Powerpro 80lb test shock leader. I cast 4oz and 5oz sinkers with it. Not a good buy in my opinion as it sits squarely in a zone that is neither great at distance casting or at playing a fish. The conventional style might be slightly better- but I wouldn't ever buy another to find out.

Breakaway HDX- Another stiff rod. This rod does cast for really good distances. I am currently using it for sharks. I mounted a large bait runner type spinning reel with PowerPro 65lb test line and Powerpro 100lb test shock leader. 4oz and 5oz sinkers are a delight to cast, even if the rod is hard to load properly. It has a very nice bend when fighting sharks and it's light weight helps as well. A solid rod. I chose spinning over conventional so that I could get extra line capacity for the fight. The conventional CAN be ordered with a tournament butt and is said to offer distances in the 700' range. Not a bad purchase for midrange sharks and big redfish and big black drum. Not very good for pompano or whiting as again, it is very stiff.

AFAW Big Beach- This is the rod I used at the recent tournament. It has the ability to cast a long ways, my best was 704'. But that was an OTG style cast. I threw 150gm sinkers very well, and 175gm sinkers pretty well too. My 175gm sinker went 680'. I tried to use it for the lighter weights, but without much sucess. This rod is not one to purchase if you think the rod gets you distance, rather than technique. It requires technique in order to load it. I still haven't tapped it's full potentional, as bending it takes a great deal of effort. Not really a good fishing rod, as it is pretty stiff, but would work for sharks in the larger sizes. I mounted an ABU 6500 CT reel to it using coasters so that I can use low reel or high reel styles. For sharks, you would need a large capacity conventional reel. My line size was .31mm mono and .75mm mono shock leader. BTW- BassPro Shop's generic line called TightLine is cheap and works very well for shock leaders. Get the big spool of 60lb test. It is said that it is made by Suffix, I don't know for certain, but the spools are the same, and both come from China.

I think this rounds me out for fishing. I need another tournament rod, but selecting one is very very difficult.

I like to catch pompano, they are indeed my favorite fish to catch. I also believe that a stiff rod does not help you catch these devils. I like a deep bending action, especially when you consider that the rod will be spiked when the fish hits the bait. I really do think stiff rods cost me fish. I hate to see a rod react to a bite, and then find nothing upon reeling in. The lighter action rods increase my catch. It doesn't seem to matter as much with whiting. Redfish mouth the bait and are slow to swallow, and a soft flexing rod assists with catching them too.

It is nice to have some spinners and some conventional. Spinners offer error free casting on windy days and you don't have to look at the reel to see how the line is being laid down. I haven't had a wind knot in a long time, as my line test is heavier than needed. It still flys well.

When the summer comes, and the pompano all shrink in size, I like to fish for sharks. If you don't, you should give it a try. They are great fun, even if dangerous to land and release. I like spinning reels for this, as it is hard to beat 500-600 yards of 65lb test line to play with.

My list might now suit everyone else, but you aquire things as you go, and it is hard to shelve an item and go after something else. Unless you are Barty. If you ever have any questions about any of the above and want to try one before buying- let me know.
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Postby seajay » Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:50 pm

Well Sea Level if we ever get to fish together I can just leave my rigs at home :lol: as you have an Army of fishers covered. And I thought Barty & Rob were tackle Ho's. Pardon the French Brenda.
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Postby hklbery » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:50 pm

:D

no problem ... Sealevel's collection is the BOMB 8) :lol: 8)
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Postby Jettypark28 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:54 am

lets see... I have a handful of rods and reels and a bag full of hooks/sinkers/lures and some other goodies. :wink: :wink: :lol: :lol:
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Postby The Fish Hunters » Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:50 pm

Jetty you need to post your '08 line up. Was thinking about going live bait all the way like you do because of your Jetty Park Thread and that Monster redfish. So I came to this thread to find out what you're using and lo and behold you ain't playing fair. :shock: Now you've got to answer the question ANYWAY!!! :lol: So let's here it Bro! :roll:
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Postby Jettypark28 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:42 pm

Ed i am a simple person with simple taste :lol: My main rods are all uglystiks 9ft BW, ( i have a few star rods, i use those for boats) and the reels are Shimano 6500 baitrunner loaded with 30lb PP (no mono backing). In fact that Bull Red was caught on a older reel and pole, i was letting my buddy use. My med setup i have a Spheros 4000 on a....Uglystik lite Loaded with 20lb pp, this setup has gotten in alot of nice size Snooks. But i will put it away was it get dark and bring out the big guns.....:lol: Since i tend to fish on Jetty alots my reels and rod do have battle scars, from being dropped and dumped. Hell i have a few battle scars from falling :wink:...(Heavy) The Fin-Nor offshore 95 is on one of the older uglystik 8ft rated for 80lb. Oh and that reel is loaded with 80lb PP and i will add a topshot of mono or a super long leader depending on where i am fishing. There you go Ed....Simple setups for a Simple man :wink:....Oh i have other rods and reels but those are ones i bought for back up to these, the only thing is these havent fallen apart yet. Heck one of those reels is too nice to get next to the water :lol:
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Postby bartyb » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:30 pm

Jetty fishes from a pier or jetty most of the time and his gear is taylored for it. anything over 10' just gets unwieldy off a pier or jetty catwalk. No need for 12' surf rods when you don't fish the surf.

Thats something I need to concentrate on...Getting like 2 or 3, 8-9' spinning outfits for live baiting piers and jetties...It kinda sucked down at SI, I just wasn't comfortable with anything I brought. Same thing happens on JBP...Just not comfortable with "surf" gear or "inshore" gear on a pier.
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Postby Jettypark28 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:47 pm

Thanks Barty i couldnt have said it any better :wink: Ed that just means that i will be at your mercy in the surf :lol:
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Postby The Fish Hunters » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:43 am

So my original plan takes care of that.
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Postby bartyb » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:27 am

So, Have you started your birthday accumulation yet Ed?
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Postby The Fish Hunters » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:56 am

Not yet B. We're finially moving 4/26 to a pretty nice neighborhood Coachman just off 9A between Beach and Atlantic. Just trying to decide which deal to take. So I can't go spending extra cash until the deal is done. But as soon as were in...!
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Postby Jettypark28 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:49 pm

9ft and even 10ft rods arent that hard to handle on a bridge/pier/jetty, in fact i use these same rods for the surf. Now if i was going to fish the ICW with really shallow water, and small baits than i would break out the 7ft lighter gear. At jettypark and in the cape itself i try to cast to the channel, as this is the fish highway in my area. But i am also casting large live bait, this is where a 7ft rod would'nt get the job done. The uglystiks i use are the Big water model M-H action. These models do have backbone to them, they arent the classic models that blew in the wind :wink:. Ed it's up to you, but in my opinion you really don't need so many reels or even rods to cover every possible fishing that you might run into. I have seen guys do just fine with 7ft gear. Thats a little lite for me but it works for them. I could buy a G-Loomis rod but i don't see the need to, i would have to baby it too much. In fact it would never be fished off the rocks, more than likely it would stay in the truck or at home :wink: . I am not putting anyone down, so please don't take it that way. This is just my opinion and thats all. I have always stated that i would rather spend a couple of 100 dollars on a reel, than spend it on a rod....For the type of fishing i do, my gear is just right...Now i might not be able to cast a mile in the surf, but i cast far enough to reach the fish that i am after. I also know if my reel or pole goes bouncing across some rocks, i wont kill myself...I just go and get another one :wink: But the Shimano have proven (to me) that they can get drop in the sand/saltwater/rocks and still work. The reel that i use to bring that Bull red in, is over 10 years old...maybe alot older. The newer ones was drop on a few rocks that day, but thats the way i roll :lol: :lol: . The guy that was with me has a Brand new 6500 and it got nicks and saltwater hit it a few times that day. He also drop it in the rock, reeling it in to get it out of the way. Now if i would have been fishing with Shimano "Stella" oh lord...i would've kill myself... :lol: :lol: Ed to each his own.....Oh Ed my 7ft rod and Sphero, i try to only use it on the ocean side of the Jetty. I wouldnt have a chance with a huge Snook with that setup, as he would've have taken me into the rocks in a heartbeat..... And at SI fishing the inlet side if a nice Snook gets into the current, and your gear isnt heavy enough i don't think you will be able to turn him at all.....just my .02
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Postby seajay » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:38 pm

Very well said Jetty.
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Postby The Fish Hunters » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:59 am

Ready for the '09 thread Rob! :wink:
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