Conventional Surf Casting Technique Help
Posted September 12 2007 - 2:13 PM
Posted September 12 2007 - 2:15 PM
I won't tolerate your intolerance, because I hate hate.
Posted September 12 2007 - 2:36 PM
short rod, heavy metal spool, well, it can be done, but it ain't gonna be easy.
You really need some form of braking in the reel, that can be OIL, Centrifugal Blocks or Mags, or a combination of any of the above.
OTG is the best way to learn, thats something to continue with.
If you are dead set on using end tension to control the cast.....
have 2 settings, one that holds the cast together in a following wind, then you can undo the tension mid flight (you need the right oil in the bearings to then take over the control)
and another, for when you are using air resistant baits etc. In this case, the amount you would release the end tension varies with conditions and skill.
If you really get into big baits on big rods and stuff, the sky is the limit.
I can personally put plain 8oz 750' on a good day, but in a fishing environment, with a not so solid underfoot hold and a bait, that is soon reduced dramatically.
However, 300 - 500 with bait isn't impossible with the right gear and practice.
Using typical 8 and bait rigs stateside, we found fish when the locals went home. On the Ebb tides fish would go out of range of the 9 - 10 foot rod and spinner men, while we where able to punch 4 and 5 oz rigs with bait and also 4oz metal like herrings patterns way out there.
Its a skill worth learning and my personal view is, that big baits, big sinkers are far more comfortable to fish on a conventional as you call em.
Posted September 12 2007 - 4:11 PM
you will find conventional excel with lead so start of there, then move into casting lures which catch more wind ... you need the lead experience to get a feel for the reel the plugging will come easier if you know your gear.
once you know your reel you'll be able to use it on any size rod and adjust it with ease to fit each situation.
Posted September 12 2007 - 4:35 PM
They are cheap, one of the best conventional reel for a starter yet can be tuned to be the best distance reels too. Easy to service as well, IMHO.