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  1. Give a call to Hatteras Jack's in Rodanthe. I'm sure they can fix you up.
  2. My brother had something on last Oct in Nags Head that hit hard and just screamed a spool of 30# off a Penn 30 Warfare on a 12' rod , 12/0 hook . He had it in hand when it hit. Was never a fight. It went straight for deep water. He ended up locking the drag down and spiking the butt of the rod under his foot in the sand to get his knife out. Right before it looked like he was going to have to cut it, it pulled the hook. I have to say it was cool. I told him he needed a bigger reel. HaHa
  3. We have the same problem driving down to Hatteras with a 5 1/2' bed. We have been beating a couple of Penn Prevail 12' H casting for the last 4 years. 10 weeks of fishing. 50/50 split. Cost about a hundo on sale. Have had 10 and bait on both when the waters angry. Great rods for this price point . If you have the bucks I'd get one of Tommy's rods. They will get you out further . I'm waiting for one of these Penn's to blow so I can justify one. Pushed one of the Prevails to the max on a ray last Oct as big as a truck hood. Brother said he thought it was going to break but it held. Pretty good rod.
  4. Ryan at Hatteras Jack's built me an 8 1/2' SS 1025 a few years ago . Paired it with a 5000 Sustain. It's one of my favorite small tackle set ups. I've thrown 3/8s to 2 oz on it and it will put a 1 oz sting silver way out with little effort. If I see any Mack's in the surf that's the combo you'll see me using. It also doubles as a great walleye rod up here.
  5. I usually run a 50# shock with about 4' of 80 or 100 floro. With my fish finder on it. I use a short snelled 8/0 on it.
  6. Yes Beasty, sound advice about keeping reels out of the sand but sometimes when it gets angry out and the sands blowing down the beach it can be a problem is why I asked. I only use a LW on one of my smaller round reels plugging. I might have to pick one up to try the next trip down to the OBX. Thanks. That's good advice for Sam and a little spool tension won't hurt a bit. Sam if you hold the rod out and hit the free spool when your lead hits the ground your spool should stop. If it over runs tighten up your spool tension until it stops. That will help with back lash and once you get better loosen it up a bit.
  7. If this is your first conventional set up you grabbed the bull by the horns. I'd start with mono and like others have said. Find a field and take your time. I'd start with 3 or 4 oz bank sinker, your not going to load that rod but that might be a good thing to start. Set it on full mag with as much brakes as it has, 2? Set the spool with a slice knock and have at it. Your going to back lash it but don't get bummed out. Distance will come with practice. Hell I had a professional over run with my Squidder a few weeks ago trying to hit the horizon. I blew it up but good and been at it for over 35 years. Tight Lines
  8. Your welcome. I have a newer C7000 that I magged , CT bar. Abec 7 bearings. I run 50# PP on it with a 50# Big Game shock. I've had 10 and bait on it without problems . I like the fact it has a bearing close to the spool for support and the switch instead of a button for free spool . I hate it's made in China and the plastic inside. It's harder to R/R than the older ones. We use Penn's for our heavers . We just can't justify spending 800 on rods we only use 2 or 3 weeks a year.
  9. My brother bought a new 7000BY last winter for our trips to Hatteras. He put it on a 12' Penn Prevail ,loaded it up with 20# BG with a 50# shock . He was getting down below a half spool with 6 oz of lead and a nice chunk of bunker with about a 8" leader without any probs, Nice set up. Biggest thing he cought was a ray about 2' across and it handled that fine. I've been using round abu's for ever 35+ years. Like my Squidder. But there seems a push for these bigger bait casters in the surf. Which I get but I've never cleaned one. How easy or hard are they to take apart to clean if dunked or pounded with sand on a real windy day. Thanks
  10. Ya. Wouldn't that stink if it cuts the road around the new inlet bridge. They did a nice job on that one. Was down at the Hatteras hotel last week. Hope everyone fares well. It's crazy how you don't hear much about the OBX on the national news.
  11. I do the same thing as you. Now I don't have nearly as much as you for salt water but it just depends on how I'm fishing for the day. Wife got me a nice bag that slings over one shoulder and holds 2 of those small Plano boxes. It has a few pockets to put the rest of the stuff in . Hang a short spike off of it. And it works great for working up and down the beach.
  12. Just got back. Had a great time. Ate too many apple uglys. Smaller fish a plenty but still didn't get my shark. Next time. Did get my check this bird audubon sticker for the rod tube. You could drive to the west side but the turtle fences went up yesterday. I bet those folks with the big houses in Rodanthe will be pissed when the new bridge goes in from the new inlet to Rodanthe on the sound side. Have a nice veiw of a bridge. Gotta luv those rabbit huggers.
  13. Thanks for all the replies. Casting a boat reel just takes a lot of practicing in the grass. We wrap hockey tape on our thumbs , seems to hold up the best. You will burn through black tape after just a few casts using the side of the spool as your brake. My brother an I started on 30's style levelwinds our granddad gave us some 40 years ago. Thanks again. Tight lines
  14. Wow. Very nice. Taking all my tin next week ,ha. About half of that. I'll be putting my 9' KNE to work with a fast Abu 5600. Might heave some bunker after dark. Oct trip I'll have a 12' rod with a worked over 7000 or Squidder , fish finder rig , 8-0 hook on a 6" 60# leader . In hand , Works for me . This year I might try an Akios 651 LSI I took the LW off of . Tight Lines
  15. Thanks bud. That's what I was looking for. That's were I was going to start but didn't know if a 10 was even big enough. Tight Lines