Surf rod

Rogelio Bravo

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Alright, so i have a penn fierceII combo(actually 2) that i use for rockfish and yellowtail (when they bite), anyhow, i want to get some surf rods to pair with those reels and fish the coast, what would you recommend and im talking "quality" rods, i was gifted a lot ot yo-zuri and daiwa sp minnow baits for Christmas and i cant wait to use them pls and thanks in advance
 
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Rogelio Bravo

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Apr 4, 2019
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Why, thank you for your advice, ive been looking around but nothing that really catches my attention, say would you prefer a 2 piece rod over a one piece? Also what do you think about the longer rods? like 10'-12' rods
 

Hellosugaree

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If you're throwing sp minnows or any other artificial up to about 1.5oz get a 9ft-ish salmon/steelhead rod. Don't buy a 12 foot rod... your arm will fall off after 20 minutes. No need for a heavy action broomstick either unless you want to cast 8oz of lead. Also no need to spend a ton of money.

I have a lamiglas rod that was under $100 and fishes great. Also have an okuma that was around $50 as a backup and it also fishes great. Both cast great and will handle anything you will encounter in the surf in California. You can rocket an sp minnow a mile. They come in both casting and spinning versions. They also have other uses outside the surf where a 12ft broomstick doesn't. You can have fun catching tiny perch or big stripers and halibut.

You can spend 3-5x that much and get a phenix or other nicer rod, but this 28" striper didn't know the difference:

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Rogelio Bravo

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If you're throwing sp minnows or any other artificial up to about 1.5oz get a 9ft-ish salmon/steelhead rod. Don't buy a 12 foot rod... your arm will fall off after 20 minutes. No need for a heavy action broomstick either unless you want to cast 8oz of lead. Also no need to spend a ton of money.

I have a lamiglas rod that was under $100 and fishes great. Also have an okuma that was around $50 as a backup and it also fishes great. Both cast great and will handle anything you will encounter in the surf in California. You can rocket an sp minnow a mile. They come in both casting and spinning versions. They also have other uses outside the surf where a 12ft broomstick doesn't. You can have fun catching tiny perch or big stripers and halibut.

You can spend 3-5x that much and get a phenix or other nicer rod, but this 28" striper didn't know the difference:

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Wow thats a monster!!!! I was looking at the okuma longitude 9 foot rod, but i read a lot of reviews about the rod splitting or breaking, i have to check out the other recs here but thanks for all your help guys
 

Hellosugaree

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Wow thats a monster!!!! I was looking at the okuma longitude 9 foot rod, but i read a lot of reviews about the rod splitting or breaking, i have to check out the other recs here but thanks for all your help guys
Whatever you do, look at the lure rating on the rod. Most surf rods are made to throw heavy lead for bait and wait. For example, the 9ft okuma longitude is rated 3-6oz. An SP minnow weighs about 1oz so if you get a surf rod that's rated to 6oz you'll have no spring for casting and no sensitivity to feel subtle action on a light plug.

A steelhead rod rated to ~1oz will load up properly with an sp minnow to help get you distance and will have the sensitivity in the tip to be able to feel it working which is also important. I have 2 friends who didn't listen to me and went and bought heavy surf rods then tried mine once and went back and bought the steelhead rod.

Match the lure rating on the rod to the weight of whatever you're throwing: there's a reason manufacturers put this info on there. You can deviate outside of it but the rod will perform way better in the specified range.
 

Rogelio Bravo

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These are solid and reasonably priced. I use both the conventional and spinning versions for hard baits and both are solid. Tight lines!
Hmm guess ill have to give them a try, either way if i dont like it i could always use it for inshore or lake fishing lol thansks for everyone's suggestions, i appreciate them and once i make a decision ill be posting it here, thanks you all
 

jonhjax

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Alright, so i have a penn fierceII combo(actually 2) that i use for rockfish and yellowtail (when they bite), anyhow, i want to get some surf rods to pair with those reels and fish the coast, what would you recommend and im talking "quality" rods, i was gifted a lot ot yo-zuri and daiwa sp minnow baits for Christmas and i cant wait to use them pls and thanks in advance
What line do you want to fish and what weight lures will you cast? I use an Okuma Nomad 10 ft. 4 pc. spin rod and a cheap little 8 foot Wright & McGill spinner over here in Florida. Look at St. Croix - anything from an 8 foot Tidemaster (about $200) all the way up to the Legend Surf Series ($470-$670). There are several rods in between these prices also. Another good rod line is Star Rods. Their Stellar Lite and Stellar Series is a very good rod and sells for $100-$200. My next surf rod will probably be a Star Stellar 12 foot surf spin rod and after that a St. Croix Tidemaster or Star Stellar Lite 8 footer for all around work - from casting pencil poppers off jetties, bait fishing around jetties and even stuff like kingfish and dolphin/dorado. I may take the 8 footer out on a head boat and rig it with something like a 3/4 oz. bucktail jig in case we run into some schoolie dolphin or maybe blackfin tuna if they're feeding on the surface.
 

jonhjax

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What line do you want to fish and what weight lures will you cast? I use an Okuma Nomad 10 ft. 4 pc. spin rod and a cheap little 8 foot Wright & McGill spinner over here in Florida. Look at St. Croix - anything from an 8 foot Tidemaster (about $200) all the way up to the Legend Surf Series ($470-$670). There are several rods in between these prices also. Another good rod line is Star Rods. Their Stellar Lite and Stellar Series is a very good rod and sells for $100-$200. My next surf rod will probably be a Star Stellar 12 foot surf spin rod and after that a St. Croix Tidemaster or Star Stellar Lite 8 footer for all around work - from casting pencil poppers off jetties, bait fishing around jetties and even stuff like kingfish and dolphin/dorado. I may even take the 8 footer out on a head boat and rig it with something like a 3/4 oz. bucktail jig in case we run into some schoolie dolphin or maybe blackfin tuna if they're feeding on the surface.