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irie_63
06-22-2008, 09:23 PM
I've only been using spinning rods 8-9 ft for surf/jetty fishing. I want to start using baitcasting rods/reels. Are there reels that are better to use out on the surf or jettys? I assume you wouldn't use the same in lakes?

I was looking at a 8.5 ft Medium Action baitcasting rod made by Fenwick. Not sure if this will suffice for pencil poppin, hair raisers, etc. And I don't know what reel to match it up with.

Any suggestions?

-IRIE

vdub
06-23-2008, 12:25 AM
for throwin pencil poppers and hair raisers, you might want to fish with something a little heavier.

i suggest a medium-heavy rod. fenwicks make amazing rods. reel i would suggest a round baitcaster to hold a good amoount of line, like a shimano cardiff

Crass
06-23-2008, 05:19 PM
Ive got a fenwick im thinkin of selling, on that note.

I like 9ft for all around, and when i feel like i just need to really bomb it out there maybe give the ol 12'er a whirl.

C0BRA
06-25-2008, 11:16 AM
What's your budget?

irie_63
06-26-2008, 06:24 AM
What's your budget?

$250-$300

I'd also like to know what everyone elses combo is --- what you guys are using on the jettys and surfs.

-IRIE

GT
06-26-2008, 07:13 AM
What's your budget?

$250-$300
I'd also like to know what everyone elses combo is --- what you guys are using on the jettys and surfs.

-IRIE

Is this budget just for the rod or a rod/reel combo? What type of lures are you tossing? Conventional rods suck for pencil popping. *If you still go the conventional root, I'd suggest getting a Tica Dolphin UGSA90M2C New 9'0" M Surf Cast 10 - 25 1/2 - 3 2 $88.00. Pair this baby with a Shimano Curado 300 $200 and you're set. This setup is within your $300 budget and will get the job done.

My conventional set up is a custom 10 ft Rainshadow SUR1264 paired with a Shimano Conquest 300 reel. This setup is light as a feather but has the balls to bring in a hog.

Good luck on your decision and tight lines to you.

C0BRA
06-26-2008, 10:09 AM
If you want to throw poppers, use your spinning set up, it's just awkward and uncomfortable to use poppers for a long period of time with a baitcasting set-up.

Reels:
Shimano Curado/Calcutta, Abu Garcia Revo/5600/6600, Daiwa Luna/Zillion.

Rods:
Something between 8' and 9'6" that handles lures up to 4oz. You'll have to check them out, mix and match, see what balances nice and what feels comfortable in your hands. Shimano Clarus has to be one of the best deals out there, $69.99. Fenwick, St. Croix, Lamiglas, Loomis etc. are all popular brands. I like Loomis because of their no hassle warranty.

If I had $250-300 to spend right now, I would save another $100 and pick up a Loomis HSR 981C or 1021C. Then I would check that auction site and look for a NIB Curado 300 or Revo. Just as a side note, there's a seller that has about 14 Calcutta TE300's brand new for $250.99 each, shipped. I'm tempted to order another one or two ;D.

Personally, I use a Rogue SM937C (9'3" 12-25lb 1/2-4oz) w/ a Shimano Calcutta TE300. It's a about two notches below GT's setup in quality and bling, but is close in specs. Perfect for 1/2oz hair raisers and anything up to 2.5oz. I also use a Loomis HSR941C (7'10" 8-17lb 1/4-1oz) with a Curado 200DHSV.

GT
06-26-2008, 11:01 AM
Hey COBRA, what's the sweet spot on that Rogue? I was eyeing that rod a year ago and thinking it would zing a 2oz. mickey.

Irie, I too would recommend the GLoomis HSR981C. That's a great rod!

C0BRA
06-26-2008, 11:37 AM
Hey COBRA, what's the sweet spot on that Rogue? *I was eyeing that rod a year ago and thinking it would zing a 2oz. mickey.

Irie, I too would recommend the GLoomis HSR981C. That's a great rod!

Exactly right, 2oz sails, 1,75-2.25oz is the sweet spot (using 30lb braid). 2.5oz feels a little heavy, but I haven't tried it with heavier line.

Have you compared the Conquest with the TE? How much smoother is it and is it worth the extra $100?

chagovatoloco
06-26-2008, 03:57 PM
I use a shimano cardiff 400a and a berkeley big game rod. It has never failed me yet.

GT
06-27-2008, 06:41 AM
Have you compared the Conquest with the TE? How much smoother is it and is it worth the extra $100?[/quote]

I've compared the the two and as far as smoothness goes, they are about the same. The knobs on the conquest do have cool ball bearings and the guts are of better quality. *If I had a choice between the two again, I would buy the TE and spend the savings on lures.