Suggestions for local surf spinner

Discussion in 'Fishing Reels' started by m_mcgourty, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. m_mcgourty

    m_mcgourty Handsome Devil

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    A couple of weeks back I just bought a Shimano light weight pole, I believe its a Corvalus (although I don't have it in front of me so I could be wrong about the name). Its graphite, is 8'6" long and has a very nice whippy tip, I plan on using it in the surf to through kastmasters and lucky crafts. I was thinking about getting a Penn Battle 3000 for it, but I'm having second thoughts. Any suggestions, or comments?

    (Just looked at the Shimano website, its actually a "Convergence Salmon Steelhead" rod)
     
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  2. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    As you mention, steelhead-type rods are very light, so a little difference can mean a lot as far as balance goes.
    No doubt a 3000-size reel USUALLY balances best on them, but there is no substitute for trying the reel out on the rod in the store first.
    Suggest you at least try the Penn Spinfisher SSV3500 on the rod.
    If you like the balance, the SSV series is "water tight" [not water PROOF], which goes a long way toward keeping the occasional dunkings and splashes surf anglers get from causing problems.
    The SSV3500 is around $139, so if that stretches the budget a little too much, certainly the Battle series is about the best "bang for the buck" out there.
     
  3. stella marina

    stella marina Well-Known "Member"

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    Stemming from the last post, I would go with a water proof drag system. I have a Diawa Tierra and it holds it's own. you can find them usually for around $115. They are similar to their high end reels, (Fuego, ect.) at a fraction of the cost. I took mine to Florida and ripped many reds out of the water with mine with little issues.
     
  4. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    Shimano Stradic 3000 FJ is what I use (and love) in the surf.
     
  5. m_mcgourty

    m_mcgourty Handsome Devil

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    What kind and weight of line do you use on it?
     
  6. 45king

    45king Tuna smasher

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    I use a stratic ci4 2500 spooled with 6-8 lb and its awesome. I was in Costa rica and caught roosters and jacks on this reel with straight braid and a 12 lb topshot. Legit 15-20 lb fish. I'm a believer of this reel and its really light weight.
     
  7. jmericle

    jmericle Member

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    I just bought a Shimano Sahara 2500FD from Cabela's for $44.99 this reel retails for $79.99. I can't wait to try it out.
     
  8. BloodyL

    BloodyL Throwing everything I got

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    I love my 4000 stradic fi till I drop it in the surf!
    Plan for the unexpected unless you can service your own reels
     
  9. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    I have my spooled with 20 pound white izorline spectra. 20 pound white power pro would be good as well.

    If I am fishing crank baits, I just tie straight to the spectra. If I am fishing a C-rig, then I use 8 pound fluro top shots. (or less if the corbina are being lame).
     
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    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    A legit 20 pound rooster on a 2500 size reel and 8 pound test is an accomplishment. I have been spooled a couple times on big roosters and jacks in the east cape on similar gear. The 5 to 10 pounders are not a problem, but the 20+ pounders are tuff.

    Same thing with big leopard sharks here in so. cal. I got spooled a couple weeks ago while fishing for surf perch when I hooked a big leopard and couldn't stop him on a stradic 3000 fj and 20 pound spectra.
     
  11. stairman

    stairman ......

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    give this one a spin
     

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  12. stucktip

    stucktip I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I have a penn SAargus 4000 that always seems to get seized up and wont even wind in at all it gets so bad sometimes. It also casts really weird and seems to twist the line really bad really often. Granted I treat it like shit and have never taken it apart to clean it and most times I don't even rinse it off after a trip to the beach.

    Having said that, I have a Shimano TX 4000 that I got 21yrs ago that has never EVER given me problems. It just casts and casts and has never jammed up and I've been using it since I was a kid and treat it like shit too. I just replaced the original line on it this year.

    I've caught plenty of fish from the surf with both reels but the Sargus is now just my backup and I'm still using the Shimano
     
  13. m_mcgourty

    m_mcgourty Handsome Devil

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    Dude???
     
  14. J.AkuHed

    J.AkuHed I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've been toying with the Okuma Trio 30, nice smooth 8-10# reel.
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