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  1. I agree here. I have a feeling this is another story about another chinese made duolock knock off giving a black eye to the design. I don’t know for sure. I can tell you the rosco usa made ones direct from the company are very tough snaps and very uniform and consistent in shape.
  2. All braid with a wrap of electrical tape for good measure on the big rig. I don't shark fish but if I did I would want a lot of line and a line as heavy as practical. 50 to me is the lightest I would go. The 8K Battle holds a lot of line maybe 65lb braid can give you a little edge at the cost of a few less yards. Tough call on that. 20lb mono on the 6K sized reel would work for close to medium range fishing with bait. If you are lure fishing with his setup, I would either go braid or lighter mono like 15. 20lb on the 4k reel is a death sentence. Too heavy and would serve no purpose that I could think of. If you are bent on mono for the 4k reel 8, 10 or 12 would probably be best depending on the rod, lures or bait you want to use. I don't buy into your etiquette theory regarding braid. Common sense, politeness, and giving people a little room is what counts. What you use is your business. I will say that the fact you are thinking of others makes your and OK guy in my book! Good luck on your trip!
  3. I believe Stealth is right up there amoung the best there is. Across the board it does everything well imo. Castability and abrasion reistance mostly. Wind knots i never considered a property of the actual line but on any new style spinner stealth handles very well and is trouble free.
  4. I have not Yogi. I wouldn't be opposed to it. I just never did. Stealth has been my go to for a long time. It's still thinner than the new ultra FL and it is hard to move away from Stealth due to the price. Still pretty low all things considered. No matter the braid I would run it on a newer style reel over the older ones for the reasons above. That was the point I was trying to make. I spend well over a decade fighting with new lines and old reels and got burned so many times. It's sad in a way. Some of those old reels had a lot of juice and could take a beating. They were way tougher than the stuff I am presently using. Things change I guess. Regarding the Ultra.....I see they stuck a 17lb test in there between 14 and 20. That would be of interest to me possibly. That was a good move on their part. There always was a big gap between 14 and 20 IMO. One being thin and the other too thick. 17 might be a very useful test.
  5. Mike, that is what I call getting it DONE! Congrats and good luck with the new reel!
  6. Mike, funny you should mention the 6500 because that was my last holdout from the old school reels. That reel and Fireline made it's last stand at Montauk several years back. One of the few post 704 designs that can handle getting very wet and still work. Granted you had to clean it very well some time soon after. But I give it credit for that. It was a tank. That last trip in Montauk solidified the distance and performance issues with these older reels for me. It's simply not there and I knew it and should have made the switch before that trip. Your just handicapping yourself. Newer reels have the line lay, rollers and spool lip designs that work better with braid. By todays standards $100 seems to be the starting point for a SW capable reel. That is somewhat reachable for most of us. My advice would be to go in at this price range for one or two sized reels that make sense with the lb test braid that also makes sense and go from there. Best of luck.
  7. I didn't want to mention the Aerial because I felt I wasn't sticking to the direction of the thread but these are ridiculously nice rods for the $. Have not touched my Stellar Lites since. Again, it's the composite blank that pulls me in this direction. They are tough, light and handle a wider range of lures. I think at their low price a lot of guys look right passed them.
  8. I hate being under gunned as much as over gunned for different reasons. I just like the right setup for the right kind of fishing. An ideal and all purpose surf rod really depends where you fish most of the time and what you like to toss. That setup is most often a compromise when you go to other areas. You can take the $ the Legend runs and have the best of both worlds if you would consider two different rods. To fish with a setup that is a compromise is one thing but for that setup to run $1000 is crazy (respectfully). If you are hell bent on the Legend, I would go with the lighter option because that is closer to being an all "arounder" than a 1-6.
  9. I tried all sorts of lines on the old SS reels and some worked better than others but they all failed to work all the time and fireline original simply never failed me and did work all the time. It worked like it was made for the reel. So basically your options are fireline original in either 14 or 20 as I see it. Frankly, I never liked 14 for the beach or rocks. Just too light for me and had to change it way to frequently as a little wear and abrasion left me with line no stronger than 10lb mono. Guys will say different and claim that 14 fireline will tow a boat and never fail on you but I just never had that luck and Lord knows I tried so hard to like it. 20 is the way to go IMO. Good line but it had it's limitations in castability and distance and you will experience that on the 4500. I know because I had those and the 5500 which was a touch better in the distance department with 20. But truthfully they both sucked. That's why I moved on from the old reels. 20 lb power pro of spectra type braid does not pay nice with the older reels especially for a plugging outfit where you will be tossing and retrieving a variety of lure weights. The issue with older reels is the line lay, the roller, and the spool lip. Knowing all I know now and having wasted a tremendous amount of time and money on testing lines and reels, I would clean the SS sit it on a shelf to look at and buy a new reel and use a line like power pro or stealth. Probably not what you wanted to hear but that is really how I feel at this point toward the older reels. Newer reels and not even expensive ones will blow the doors off an old SS and fireline original when it comes to casting and line management.
  10. I love the softness of the composite blanks and the actions in the Battalion lineup. While the Star is a fine rod, it is 100 % graphite and quite stiff for me. Depends what you like. Personally, the Penn you are looking at is a very perfect action for an all around 9 footer.
  11. I tied TA clips and just did not care for them. It's very hard for me to break away from something that has been pretty much perfect for decades. The Duolock. Specifically the Rosco brand, has been my go to for as long as I can remember. Buy straight from the company so you are sure to get the real deal. Decades of shops knowingly or unknowingly selling cheap inferior knockoffs has blemished the reliability of this snap design IMO. From the factory they are solid.
  12. A couple of thoughts: Rods: I would not write off Tsunami rods in general because of that one experience. They do make some very decent rods and my guess is you will see more models in the future. Star makes some great rods so if you are intent on switching brands they are worth a look as are about a dozen other brands. I would look at as many as you can and find in your general price range. When you find the one that has the action and taper you like then go for it. There are so many rods out there now of comparable quality (to a degree) that action, taper and feel should guide you best to what you are looking for and not the brand. I think you can find quite a few rods for around $100 that would handle this job well. Reels: The two reels you are looking at are both good quality reels but spinning with bait I prefer a reel that can free spool like a baitrunner. While your technique doesn't really require that, more often than not having fish run with bait for a few seconds can be helpful in connecting especially with larger fish and larger baits. I would never want to be without that feature if I was using a spinning setup for bait fishing for stripers. I'm not sure you would consider this but I thought mentioning it would be helpful. Maybe it is something you have not thought of.
  13. Daiwa makes several great lines of surf sticks. They should be more popular. From the emblem and emcast all the way up to the team daiwa surf rods. If you can’t find a stick that makes you happy nothing probably will.
  14. Flatheadfletch, I would look at the team daiwa surf rods. They offer some 11-12 footers that can fit your need. As far as reels go for the money the penn ssv long cast is a well built strong reel. It us not a light weight but for a bait setup I think it has a place. The daiwa rods tend to be rated very generously keep that in mind. Some or all are 70/30 splits so make sure you know that before buying. Excellant rods for the $.
  15. I dont think shimano 6 and 8 k reels hold enough 30 and 40 lb braid to use backing. i fished the spheros fb for many years in size 8k and that took 300 of 30 typically. The 6k less. Using a full spool of braid and reversing it at some point I feel is the best of both worlds. You have all the line you should ever need within reason and it is really no more expensive in the long run. 125 and 150 yard spools on a surf outfit make little sense to me. Backing and a knot that typically stays crushed under braid for half a season is not what you want when you hook a good fish. Lets face it, it is the good fish or the one biggin that will test the backing and knot.