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Surf Casting Rod/Reel Recommendations

Surf Casting Rod/Reel Recommendations




Thanks in advance!! My nephew loves to fish from the pier and last couple of years we've started surf casting. We've only rented a rod/reel combo from a local outfitter. But we'd rather buy a decent yet not super expensive rod/reel combo for this upcoming season. Any recommendations?


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RE: Surf Casting Rod/Reel Recommendations




Go with Penn Reels, I like the 750ss A good all around reel. Rods I would look at the Diwali line They have some fairly priced rods.. a 9 to 11 ft will be nice for the surf.. It all depends on you pocket book as to the quality. Definitely look for a graphite or graphite composite rod not a fiberglass rod .

If your going to something heavier to throw be sure to learn about shock leaders .before you send a lot of rigs to the sea , A voice of experience. Also here is a site that could help you some

http://fishoinc.tripod.com/id1.html

I have found some good equipment on E bay , can't hurt to look into them


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You can't go wrong with a Penn Battle II spinning combo with the 10' rod. It has enough backbone for a bigger fish, but isn't nearly as big and heavy as a big 12-13' heaver, and is easier to cast.


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I think OP is asking about a rod for his nephew, whose age and physical size/capability is not mentioned. A 10’ rod may be too cumbersome for a kid depending on his ability. First time surf casting, I’m guessing he’s a bit inexperienced. Such a long rod may be intimidating and difficult to cast with much aim.
OP, maybe wait till you get there. Tackle shops will have combos to sell, or can advise what to use to make one up. You don’t always have to cast a mile to catch a nice fish, accurate placement is often more effective than distance.
Correct me if I’m wrong.


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Hey JudyK, I'm going to second your reply. This even goes to "Newbie" adults too. Unless your doing some heavy drum fishing or you want to break your back fishing in rough surf with big sinkers you don't need that length. Most Summer Surf Fishing especiall above Oregon Inlet can be done 7 to max 8' rods. Even many of the trout sharpies will use a 6' - 61/2' stick. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CAST FAR. Now I'm a Charter Boat owner and I also run Pop's Reel Repair so I'm not going to argue with avid surf fisherman, but I would look at some $39.99 Combos in Tackle Stores or even Walmart. PLEASE REMEMBER these are disposable outfits 2 or 3 years with care and done. As far as reels go, my specialty, Battles do not stand up without yearly service if you fish them regularly. They have cheap cast aluminum gears, which wear working against a brass pinion. The Brass, as soft as it is, will wear the Aluminum. Bearings are meant to last. The painted body bubbles and corrodes. Enough said, I know people will disagree but!


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Judy and Pickle...I agree with you 100%. For the beginner or occasional fisher, the $40 7' open face combo is all you need to start/learn. If you rinse it off with fresh water after each use, don't drop it in the sand, occasional lube, it can last you a good while. The rods generally will outlast the reel. Yeah, as skills improve and you fish more frequently, you may want to move up to something more sophisticated but I don't think it is necessary for everyone to have one in order to have fun. Sam's, Dicks, Walmart usually has a striper/catfish combo that can get you started.


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Thanks everyone for your great recommendations! We stay in Rodanthe (below Oregon Inlet) if that makes a difference. I will probably wait & buy from someone local (support local businesses!!) when we get down there this summer. So going for a mid-priced rod/reel combo should work out fine for us? Can't wait!! Thanks again.


RE: Surf Casting Rod/Reel Recommendations




Thanks everyone for your great recommendations! We stay in Rodanthe (below Oregon Inlet) if that makes a difference. I will probably wait & buy from someone local (support local businesses!!) when we get down there this summer. So going for a mid-priced rod/reel combo should work out fine for us? Can't wait!! Thanks again.

NYC_OBX
Stop by the Fishin' Hole. They'll set you up with whatever you need.


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I know you have received several suggestions. Just want to reinforce that personal opinions can be very different and type of fishing is very important. If you want to just try General Outer Banks Surf Fishing, with an emphasis on the word TRY. I saw a $26.99 "No Name" combo in Wal-Mart that will serve you well for a couple of seasons. Two choices. One a Medium weight 6 1/2' Trout, small Bottom Fish outfit, the other an 7 foot stiff stick that can handle lures/sinkers up to 4 oz