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#11482298 - 03/16/16 08:27 PM looking for what you would call the best rod & reel?
dbraune Offline
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Registered: 05/29/07
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Loc: arlington,tx
Im looking for something light enough for chunking lures. But also good enough for fishing the piers. Prefer a spinning reel. Any opinions on what to get? Reel and length of rod. Thanks for any pointers.
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#11482355 - 03/16/16 08:49 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
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Get a 7' med heavy rod and a large enough spinning reel to hold 150-200yds of 20lb braid. And your good.
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#11482729 - 03/17/16 12:32 AM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
Lindsey Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
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Loc: Bedford, TX
Your favorite baitcaster plus a 7'6" medium rod. Falcon is an excellent rod. I have a Daiwa 153 HL that has been a warrior and a big fish catcher. I have mine spooled with 65 lb PP. I use a 25 lb PLine flourcarbon leader. This should handle most any speck or red. This rig is adept at flying fish onto tall piers too. Specks have soft, tender mouths. A light or medium action rod is most appropriate for them.
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#11483200 - 03/17/16 09:28 AM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
TimL Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
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Loc: Corpus Christi, TX
It would help to know what your budgeting for the rod and reel.

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#11484104 - 03/17/16 04:34 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
dbraune Offline
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Not really worried about budget. But i only get to saltwater about 5 or so times a year. So dont want to break the bank. Figured no more than $250
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#11484175 - 03/17/16 05:11 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
Lindsey Offline
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Loc: Bedford, TX
Shimano Curado~$160
Falcon 7'6" M Gulf Caster~$90

Go fish!
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#11484191 - 03/17/16 05:20 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
TimL Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
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Well, for a budget of $250, it would be hard to go wrong with a Shimano reel, either a Symmetre or Saros, in the 3000 or 4000 series. I have a Penn Battle that has held up very nicely, and I can recommend it as well. seanpwilliams98 above had a good recommendation. 7' in MH is good if you are going to pier fish, but if you are lure chucking as well, you could probably go with a med for a bit better castability. There are a good number of nice graphite rods for around 100 to 125 bucks from companies like Falcon, St Croix, TFO, 13 Tackle, among others, that would pair nicely. Buy the reel first, and take it with you and mount it on the rods you look at and go with what feels the best.

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#11484557 - 03/17/16 08:19 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
dbraune Offline
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Thanks for the tips. Been using my bass rods and it just doesnt feel right.
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#11484924 - 03/17/16 10:48 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
Bayman93 Offline
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Registered: 03/08/16
Posts: 16
Loc: austin texas
G loomis rod and Shimano Sustain spinning or Chronarch baitcasting reel



that's what I use and never had any problems! fish welcome


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#11488206 - 03/19/16 07:59 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: Bayman93]
Perry Offline
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Loc: Rowlett
Originally Posted By: Bayman93
G loomis rod and Shimano Sustain spinning or Chronarch baitcasting reel



that's what I use and never had any problems! fish welcome


I think the reel itself will put him way over budget.. Possible just the rod as well!! That would make a nice set up for about $500
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#11488223 - 03/19/16 08:06 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
dbraune Offline
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Yup. Couldnt justify that much for a couple trips a year smile
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#11488262 - 03/19/16 08:22 PM Re: looking for what you would call the best rod & reel? [Re: dbraune]
Perry Offline
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Registered: 01/10/08
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Loc: Rowlett
I was looking at the blackout #8 rods today and really like the way they felt for 80 bucks.. They seem to have great reviews.. 3000 shimano symetre and you should be walking out right around$200


Edited by Perry (03/19/16 08:22 PM)
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