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Andrew Padgett

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Hello everyone I'm new to fishing.
Trying to get into fishing and learn as much as I can to be the best I can become at it.
I'm looking to get some salt water gear and looking for any suggestions or input on what I should get or consider getting.
I do have a family and am a father to two kids. So not looking to break the bank.
Appreciate everything
 
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gettingbentwithbo

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I will pm you
 

kbray001

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What is your budget and what kind of trips do you plan on going on?

Be careful starting to buy salt water gear. It can get very addicting. Haha.
 

Andrew Padgett

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I think it already has me drugged.
IT can be very addicting already experiencing that.
AND probably around $100.
I know people always selling gear so Mayb run across a deal/steal
 

Andrew Padgett

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hello im new to fishing just getting into it and lookin to get some gear, mostly just been going on 3/4 days out of local place where it's just catching yellowtail, barracuda, rock fish. Just looking for a decent set up that ain't going break the bank. Appreciate it!
 

eddiefishtaco

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I got some stuff for sale, tackle bag, rods and reels,I'll give you the line, hooks, weights etc. you need to get started. Eddie 909 5492327 I am in Fontana CA
 

Andrew Padgett

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Okay I'll give you a call I'm out state for weekend. But anywhere to see the stuff you have that you want to sale?
 

eddiefishtaco

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Text me your phone to 9095492327 I'll send you pics and prices
 
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I've got you covered Andrew, quality introductory gear. Everything that you would need to get started / take the kid out. Give me a call and we'll get you set up correctly.

Welcome aboard!

Chris
714.743.8126
 

Brad I

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If you are staying local or even up to 3 day trips, gear to fish 15-40# line will cover 90+% of what you need. Probably mostly 3 outfits: a bass outfit, a 20-25# outfit and a 30-40# outfit.
 

SouthBayKiller

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Yep, first gotta figure out what you will be doing. Is it 1/2 day on a sport boat, private boat trips, surf fishing?

Then we can help from there.

Either way welcome to the club.
 

Tifoso

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Hello everyone I'm new to fishing.
Trying to get into fishing and learn as much as I can to be the best I can become at it.
I'm looking to get some salt water gear and looking for any suggestions or input on what I should get or consider getting.
I do have a family and am a father to two kids. So not looking to break the bank.
Appreciate everything
Welcome aboard Andrew :)
I would recommend trying various types of fishing with rent rods, deciding which one(s) you like and gearing up accordingly
No shame in using rent rods, IMO. Went out once for salmon and the only guy who got skunked was the guy using his own rod
 

Amadeus

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I am a proponent of "good enough" gear. For the consideration of any "budget-minded" individual looking to start out, the lists below are the components of my standard current 5-day (and maybe up to 8-day) line-up. All the reels are DIY-maintained old school star drags with power handles added to compensate for the original factory short and/or small handle arms and/or grips. All drag stacks enhanced with carbon fiber washers; heavier reels have delrin under gear washers and factory 3-stack config modified to 5-stack with thinner metal washers.

Reels:
1. Daiwa SMF170H (3+1 CF stack, 50lb braid main, 25-40lb top shots)
2. Daiwa 300H (3+1 CF stack, 65lb braid main, 40-50lb top shots)
3. Daiwa 400H (3+1 CF stack, 65lb braid main, 50-60lb top shots)
4. Daiwa 400H (5+1 CF stack, 80lb braid main, 60-80lb top shots)
5. Daiwa 600H (5+1 CF stack, 100lb braid main, 80-100 top shots);
6. Daiwa 600H (5+1 CF stack, 100lb braid main 100lb top shots)

Least expensive reel was $30; most expensive reel was $60. All purchased off of eBay or Craigslist.

Rods:
1. Okuma CT-T-601M
2. Okuma CT-T-601MH
3. Okuma CT-C-661MH
4. Okuma CT-T-561H
5. Okuma BG-T-601M-1
6. Daiwa VIP6455XXH
7. Okuma Oceanic OC-C-701MH

Least expensive rod was $39; most expensive rod was $58. The Okuma OC and CT's were Big 5 purchases; the Okuma BG was a Day-at-the-Docks find; the Daiwa VIP was an eBay find for $58.

Here's pic of four of them:


Here's the report for the last trip with the line-up:
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/6-13-6-18-2017-alan-tani-soa-charter-to-guadalupe.659085/

Average price per setup WITH all upgrades, modifications, and braid main spooled: $200. The same $1200 total might have purchased TWO big-named modern 2-speed setups with big-named rods--that's the trade off.

When the day comes to go all 2-speed setups, the star drag setups will still be around as proven backups.

Send me a PM if you are interested in jumping into DIY reel maintenance and modifications.
 
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SouthBayKiller

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A used 270-8h and a reel like a fathom 12 or 15 (or for budget a used Saltist 20, Torium 12 or 14) will cover 80% of your needs. Fill it 3/4 of the way with 40-50lb braid and the. Top it with 20lb mono.

The other 20% will be covered with a bass rod with 12-15lb test and a 40lb dropperloop/heavier bait setup.

Then the next thing would be a surface iron setup. At least for me.
 

Andrew Padgett

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Jun 24, 2017
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I am a proponent of "good enough" gear. For the consideration of any "budget-minded" individual looking to start out, the lists below are the components of my standard current 5-day (and maybe up to 8-day) line-up. All the reels are DIY-maintained old school star drags with power handles added to compensate for the original factory short and/or small handle arms and/or grips. All drag stacks enhanced with carbon fiber washers; heavier reels have delrin under gear washers and factory 3-stack config modified to 5-stack with thinner metal washers.

Reels:
1. Daiwa SMF170H (3+1 CF stack, 50lb braid main, 25-40lb top shots)
2. Daiwa 300H (3+1 CF stack, 65lb braid main, 40-50lb top shots)
3. Daiwa 400H (3+1 CF stack, 65lb braid main, 50-60lb top shots)
4. Daiwa 400H (5+1 CF stack, 80lb braid main, 60-80lb top shots)
5. Daiwa 600H (5+1 CF stack, 100lb braid main, 80-100 top shots);
6. Daiwa 600H (5+1 CF stack, 100lb braid main 100lb top shots)

Least expensive reel was $30; most expensive reel was $60. All purchased off of eBay or Craigslist.

Rods:
1. Okuma CT-T-601M
2. Okuma CT-T-601MH
3. Okuma CT-C-661MH
4. Okuma CT-T-561H
5. Okuma BG-T-601M-1
6. Daiwa VIP6455XXH
7. Okuma Oceanic OC-C-701MH

Least expensive rod was $39; most expensive rod was $58. The Okuma OC and CT's were Big 5 purchases; the Okuma BG was a Day-at-the-Docks find; the Daiwa VIP was an eBay find for $58.

Here's pic of four of them:


Here's the report for the last trip with the line-up:
https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/6-13-6-18-2017-alan-tani-soa-charter-to-guadalupe.659085/

Average price per setup WITH all upgrades, modifications, and braid main spooled: $200. The same $1200 total might have purchased TWO big-named modern 2-speed setups with big-named rods--that's the trade off.

When the day comes to go all 2-speed setups, the star drag setups will still be around as proven backups.

Send me a PM if you are interested in jumping into DIY reel maintenance and modifications.
Sounds interesting, I would do all maintenance myself either way and modifications myself since I'm a hands on guy and like learning
 

Andrew Padgett

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A used 270-8h and a reel like a fathom 12 or 15 (or for budget a used Saltist 20, Torium 12 or 14) will cover 80% of your needs. Fill it 3/4 of the way with 40-50lb braid and the. Top it with 20lb mono.

The other 20% will be covered with a bass rod with 12-15lb test and a 40lb dropperloop/heavier bait setup.

Then the next thing would be a surface iron setup. At least for me.
I've been told the fathom is good have you seen any set ups with those?
 

SouthBayKiller

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I've been told the fathom is good have you seen any set ups with those?
In star drag I have two 25ns and one 12. The 12 is pretty perfect for light line fishing from 12-25lb test live bait. The 25n makes an awesome 30-40lb jig reel, my 2nd one is spooled to the top with 65lb braid as a kelp cutter rig. They have killed everything from 1lh makerel to 40lb tuna. Even the little 12 had no problem with small tuna to 25lbs.