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First year at the point!

First year at the point!




Hey everyone , I'm coming down the first week of October and this will be my first year fishing the point for reds. I am going to get a heaver setup but am just unsure of what will be a ideal setup . I'm going to get a conventional reel i think i am leaning towards a avet mc reel but unsure what exact model yet do to not knowing exactly what size i should get. What is everyone using for mainline and what are some recommendations on line capacity? Also what are some rods guys are using that are between $200-$300? I have done tons of fishing in my life but this is kinda a whole new ball game for me. Any info/tips would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance!!


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RE: First year at the point!




A 12' Penn Battalion 6-12 paired with a Penn Squall 2 12 or 15 will set you back $300 total and get you in the game. You don't need to spend a lot to catch fish, and is it really worth it if you aren't here using it all the time? My main drum rig is over $1000, but it hasn't magically made me catch more than my $350 rig. But I live here, I love fishing and am on the beach all the time, so I didn't mind investing in my hobby.

Avets are nice, but the new Squalls/Fathoms are amazing reels, completely idiot proof. Turn the mag on full while learning to cast, and back it off a little bit as you start getting a feel for it. Also its Penn, so if you do have an issue with it, take it to any reel guy and he will most likely have the parts in stock already.

I run 17lb mono on my rigs, just make sure you're using a shock leader. Do NOT bring braid to the point if you plan on being in the conga line.


RE: First year at the point!




What do recommend for line capacity if im throwing 17lb mono? something in the 300-350 range?


RE: First year at the point!




My Fathom 15 holds 200 yards of 20/lb, the size 12 holds even less. Even the 12 has more than enough line, don't give capacity too much thought. You don't need as much as you think. A lot of guys run Fathom and Squall 12's here, or similar size reels. Including the guys who own the shops and build custom rods, they know what they're doing Laughing smiley


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