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Surf fishing for beginner #14512900 10/22/22 09:11 PM
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I have a penn battle 3 4000 with 12lb mono line on a 7 foot battle 2 rod. I feel like a 10 foot pole would be fine for surf fishing. I need to know what rod and is the penn battle ok for surf fishing. What I'm trying to aim for surf fish from small to medium fish like whiting, pompano, redfish and drum. I would prefer to fish using cut bait on the bottom rather than using spoons and artificial baits. I have used fish bites and I did catch some fish with that off the pier. I have a pompano rig from the store and I have heard that pyramid weights work well, just want to know the right rigs to use as well. I just need help with surf fishing setup.

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I would love to give you advice. I use a 10+ foot rod with a spinning reel. Is the 12 lbs line fresh? This will be fine for whiting, ladyfish, trout ect. I have always used 15lbs just casting in the surf with bait but for my big rods I use 30 lbs or heavier as I use heavy weights.

I reckon this time of year you could get away with a 7' rod if you stand in the surf and cast. A long rod kelps keep the line out of the sand somewhat. Good luck to ya.

I will defer to more knowledgeable fellas.

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The line is fresh, I keep trying to look up videos for help on if a 4000 reel on a 10 foot rod will work, but I probably will have to buy a 9 foot rod for the 4000 for pier fishing and buy another set of rod and reel for surf fishing plus rigs, Jesus spending more money.

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Originally Posted by Frushia
The line is fresh, I keep trying to look up videos for help on if a 4000 reel on a 10 foot rod will work, but I probably will have to buy a 9 foot rod for the 4000 for pier fishing and buy another set of rod and reel for surf fishing plus rigs, Jesus spending more money.



Look on FB marketplace. I found a daiwa reel and 10' surf rod for $40! I figure the reel alone was $150 new. a little TLC and I have a nice rig. Also use your 7' setup with smaller bait and lighter weights.

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I spent quite a bit of time adding a "How To" section on my website with surf fishing basics. A lot of my customers ask me questions about surf fishing so I decided to answer as many as I could. Lots of good information here:

The Basics - Surf Fishing

Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions.


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Re: Surf fishing for beginner [Re: Frushia] #14600661 01/18/23 02:33 AM
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I would go with heaver line, like 20lb. Ive had redfish and trout break me off with 15lb test

Re: Surf fishing for beginner [Re: Frushia] #14600791 01/18/23 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Frushia
I have a penn battle 3 4000 with 12lb mono line on a 7 foot battle 2 rod. I feel like a 10 foot pole would be fine for surf fishing. I need to know what rod and is the penn battle ok for surf fishing. What I'm trying to aim for surf fish from small to medium fish like whiting, pompano, redfish and drum. I would prefer to fish using cut bait on the bottom rather than using spoons and artificial baits. I have used fish bites and I did catch some fish with that off the pier. I have a pompano rig from the store and I have heard that pyramid weights work well, just want to know the right rigs to use as well. I just need help with surf fishing setup.

Call Breakaway Tackle in Corpus Christi. Nick has forgotten more than most of us will ever know when it comes to surf fishing. He also has some awesome surf fishing rigs you may useful.


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Re: Surf fishing for beginner [Re: Just Bitten] #14601132 01/18/23 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Just Bitten
I spent quite a bit of time adding a "How To" section on my website with surf fishing basics. A lot of my customers ask me questions about surf fishing so I decided to answer as many as I could. Lots of good information here:

The Basics - Surf Fishing

Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions.



thats a great website

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Originally Posted by Just Bitten
I spent quite a bit of time adding a "How To" section on my website with surf fishing basics. A lot of my customers ask me questions about surf fishing so I decided to answer as many as I could. Lots of good information here:

The Basics - Surf Fishing

Hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions.


A lot of awesome info sir! I didn't look at your website before I commented earlier. Good stuff! Thank you for sharing!


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Re: Surf fishing for beginner [Re: Frushia] #14602542 01/20/23 02:13 AM
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No need for anything like that, the smaller fish are in the first gut. Something with an 8’ medium action rod and some 8-10 lbs test is all you need. Setup I use and catch plenty of slot reds/drum/trout

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Originally Posted by Mckinneycrappiecatcher
No need for anything like that, the smaller fish are in the first gut. Something with an 8’ medium action rod and some 8-10 lbs test is all you need. Setup I use and catch plenty of slot reds/drum/trout

Fishing on PINS rarely will you ever find pomps in the first gut. Pretty much need a 9 foot plus rod to get into pomp water on PINS.


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No need for anything like that, the smaller fish are in the first gut. Something with an 8’ medium action rod and some 8-10 lbs test is all you need. Setup I use and catch plenty of slot reds/drum/trout

Fishing on PINS rarely will you ever find pomps in the first gut. Pretty much need a 9 foot plus rod to get into pomp water on PINS.

You’ll find plenty of reds, drum, Jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel, and big trout. So maybe if pompano are a must catch then yes, but for everything else you’re golden with what I suggested.

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