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  1. I have accidentally caught a few albies from shore. It is a very nice looking fish. I have released the ones that I have caught as I didn't know anything about size limits or the type of the fish. I was told they are generally considered not good to eat. Since then i have done a lot of online research but I can find a lot of different opinions, some say it is great, some say it can't be eaten and other stuff like that. First thing I want to know is what are size limits on false albacore, if any are they posted somewhere? I can't find them anywhere in the mass.gov website Second, what about eating, cleaning, cooking them etc. Are they good to eat? Why do so many people say it is not a good to eat fish? Thanks!
  2. I have researched a few forums and noticed that many people recommend combining longer rods with bigger Penn series like 6000 or 8000. Is there any reason why you wouldn't combine a 12' rod with a penn battle 4000 reel? I noticed it can support up to 180 yards of 30# braid line which is more than enough for surf casting? Please, help me understand this as I'm looking to make a combination like this in a near future. Thank You!
  3. Thanks for the detailed explanation TimS. Anyways I didn't just literally mean that I used the reel to pull the schoolies. I know exactly how to use the rod to pull a fish and I have pulled plenty over 40" striped bass at Cape Cod Canal. Let me explain 2 main points and I'm sure it will make more sense: - Why did I think of using smaller rods with longer rods!? I use a 40lb test line which is 25% thinner (don't wan't to advertise the name here), that said it is equal to 30lb line. If the 4000 reel can hold 180 yards of 30 lb line (which is actually 40), that is more than enough capacity even for saltwater surf fishing (correct me if I'm wrong here). Considering this fact, then i thought why waste line on a larger reel while I can use less line on a smaller reel and combine it with a 10' rod so it can be optimized for saltwater fishing. - I did what I mentioned above and the result was disappointing. I know that you use the rod to pull the fish but the reel is a great factor too although it is not used to "pull" the fish. To prove this, try to catch a striped bass of the size that you are holding in your hand with a 12' rod and a 4000 series reel and then you will see exactly what I mean by that! In other words, the 4000 series is not made for heavy weight fishing and should be combined with a 7' rod. if you have a look at penn combos, they only combine the 4000 with a 7' rod, I'm sure they have a good reason for that as well. Now last thing is how not to waste line on a larger reel? Well my method is very basic, you can judge me for that but it works for me! I put 50lb mono in the beginning just enough so I can put 200 more yards of braid and then I tie the mono to braid using the double uni knot. The 6000 series would take about 500 yards of 30lb braid line, I'm sure I will never use or cast more than 200 then why waste it, especially in the case of using the expensive type of line that I mentioned above
  4. Tony sorry but you were wrong! The 4000 series is not recommended for 8-10' rods and now I know why. I used the 4000 series for saltwater yesterday and was barely able to pull schoolie stripers. In other words the 4000 series is made for light weight fish
  5. I'm not sure about that as I don't spool it at the tackle store, I just spool it with 30lb line and can't measure the length unfortunately.
  6. Thanks Tony, actually yes I'm looking for more casting distance. I already have a penn 4000 combo which comes with a 7' penn rod. I'll probable buy a 10' ugly stick bigwater and combine it with the reel from the penn combo. From my own experience ugly sticks are great rods but their reels suck. Penn makes medium quality rods (my opinion) and great reels. Anyways good to hear for the first time that the battle 4000 series can be combined with a 10' rod as most people would only recommend it with a 7 or 8' max