SurfFishDan

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  1. Hi, I just ordered a Shimano Spheros SW14000XGA. Bought it to built myself the best ''value-for-money'' surf fishing combo to use on my annual 1 week trips to Cabo (that I should pursue in june 2023, last one was in 2019...) I felt like the Penn Clash 6000 I used last time wasn't fast enough at times with it's claimed 41'' per crank. I also think I'd be more comfortable with a bit more line capacity. With the 14k Spheros, I'm not sure if I'll keep using my go to 30lb braid or move up to 40lb. Don't really want to sacrifice distance. Opinions? I did not receive the Spheros yet but considering the 24oz weight and the bigger spool, I'm not sure it will pair well with the rods I already have. The longest rods I own right are: 10' 6'' Tica UEHA MH 1 - 3 oz 11' Daiwa Ardito Surf M (5 piece travel rod) 2 - 6 oz (!?) 11' Okuma Cedros CSX MH 2 - 5 oz 11' 6'' Rapala Magnum Baja Surf (4 piece travel rod) 0.75 - 4 oz 12' Tica UEHA XH 4-10 oz Below that, we move on to 10' MH Penn rods rated 1 - 5 oz I'm thinking my 11' Cedros CSX is my best bet? We'll see. Ideally, I'd want a 2 piece 12' rod that could easily rocket 2 to 3.5 oz lures way out in the surf (80 - 100 yds) and would not break when trowing the occasional 5oz lure like the 228 Magic Swimmer or 182 Stick Shads. Any suggestions are welcome. thanks!
  2. The story of my Maria La Segunda swimming plug ...from Sardinia to Florida... Hi, sit down and grab a beer. A bit more than 10 years ago, long before I started fishing the surf, I found a lure on a northern rocky beach in Sardinia, Italy. I did not recognize this minnow style lure and the finish was a bit beat up from being washed up in the waves, rocks and sitting in the sun for a while. But on it's back I could still read La Segunda (S). Did not know if it was an italian, spanish or japanese lure. That was in 2009. I did not do any saltwater fishing at the time so I stuck it in my bag thinking I could put new hooks on it and use it for pike or musky over here in Canada. Fastforward to 2014, I was visiting my girlfriend's parents at their condo in Florida. During my stay I fished the beach with a 7' rod and got some sort of revelation that I really like fishing the surf even if I had no clue what I was doing for the most part. I fished at least 10 hours per day. The year after i tried an offshore charter, did not enjoy it. In 2016, I was prepared with a Penn Fierce II 6k matched up to a 11'6'' Rapala Magnum Baja travel surf rod but with very few lures, as it was very difficult for me to buy saltwater lures here and I did not know what to look for really. But I had my beached La Segunda lure with new trebles and was ready to conquer the surf. I casted it in the waves the best I could but could not get any distance, it seemed like I was aiming at the sky. I was dragging bottom, did not know how to read the beach... So anyway, during that stay, I had a chance to go offshore with a guy who had a 25' boat. On a clam day we headed out offshore for a good 15 miles an then just started trolling because we thought it could be a could area to fish (!). So I rigged up my 11'6'' surf rod with my La Segunda minnow and started trolling with 3 other cheap rods with cheap lures. My rod was the only one that had a chance to put a fish in the boat. It took 10-15 minutes for me to be startled by the line peeling off my reel and the drag screaming. I threw my sandwich in the bottom of the boat and grabbed my long inconvenient surf rod. It felt like I had no chance of bringing it in. It was my first proper fish on proper equipment and still felt like I had no idea what to do. I took us 35-45 minutes to get that fish in... At first I called it a barracuda, then a tuna, but I quickly recognize it from the fish chart. It was a 48'' King Mackerel. It had hit my recovered beached lure and that put a smile on my face. That summer, back in Quebec, I casted this lure in a pike infested lake and broke the bill from hitting the side of the boat... that was a sad moment. I shaved away the rest of the bill and turned it into a stick bait (see picture below). But I was not satisfied. I quickly check up the internet trying to find where I could buy a replacement for this Maria La Segunda 140mm sinking. The only place I found some was eBay and they were used, the lure is discontinued. I think Maria, the japanese lure company still exists. I first ordered two of the 115mm floating version because it had the same sardine pattern than the one I found. Then I ordered two more of the 140mm sinking version in a red head and bronze colors. It also exists in a 90mm version. You can still find these lures on this same site today. To me it looks like this lure is the predecessor of the Yo Zuri Mag Minnow, i resembles it very much. The Yo Zuri is more hi-tech for sure. And this lure has a weight transfer system so it does cast very well now that I know how to cast properly. So, you know this lure?
  3. Anybody made a trip down to Cabo since March 2020? Was suppose to make a trip June 2021, but I'll wait another year and hope for the best....can't wait...
  4. Hi, I know my first post is not very original as I am sure (I know) this topic was used many times, but I'll give it a try anyway. Some friends and I are trying to plan a trip to Cabo San Lucas and surf fish the Pacific coast for a week early next June. I know some people here went there and I'd like to hear your thoughts on gear, but also lures. Exchanged a couple of emails with the very friendly Stephen Jansen but, I still have questions... We will be aiming for whatever species we can get. For me, I'll bring 2 combos that I already have: -Rapala Baja Magnum Surf 11'6'' 3/4-4oz paired with a Tica Scepter GX9000 (45'' line retreive) spooled with 30lbs 8-strand braid -Penn Carnage II 10' 1-5oz paired with a Penn Clash 6000 (41'' line retreive) also spooled with 30lbs 8-strand braid I'm bringing various leaders 30lbs, 50lbs, 80lbs and a bunch of Tactical Anglers clips 75lbs and 125lbs So about the lures, I know topwater is a big thing and I will bring many poppers from 120mm to 160mm. I will bring tins 1 to 3oz and a couple of bucktails 1.5 to 2oz. Will bring a couple of sinking pencil lure, such as Sébile Stick Shadd. But what about swimming plugs? Rapala X-Rap 120mm and 140mm? Yo-Zuri Mag darter 125mm and 165mm and Hydro minnow LC 150mm and 170mm? Daiwa SP minnow 150mm and 170mm? I know that the undertow is strong and present so the plug need to be able to swim properly when retreived fast in ''fast'' moving water. Don't want it to turn into a topwater lure. Also, I don't know what type of depth to anticipate at high or low tide, but these plugs can reach between 3 to 8' deep and I don't want to be draggin bottom. Was also thinking of Super Strike Little neck swimmer and Zig Zag Darter but water is very clear... Also the fast retreive might not work with them... Anyway, I'll start with this and keep going if this thread evolves. I'll try to make my next post about Striped Bass! Also keep in mind that I'm from Montréal, Québec, Canada so I don't surf fish as much as most of you guys. But I'm completly in love with the sport and the gear.
  5. It will throw anything, but it is not optimal for anything below 2oz. The action is pretty fast so it might be difficult and or demanding to master trowing lighter stuff.
  6. RedGreen, are you using the 4500 or 6500? ...if 6500, is it the SSV or SSVI bailess? I have a SSVI6500BLS and did not use it yet... Bought it to put on my Okuma Cedros CSX 11' 2-5oz Reading this thread scares me a bit on what to expect...
  7. Which is nothing but the drag knob. The BG it a much faster reel when comparing line retrieve to the Battle, at least the second generation. Fast retrieve is sometimes good, further south. For stripers, supposedly not so much. Goog point there! I think that is about right. That was probably the case with the Spinfisher V and the Battle II. Although the sizes offering where different and retrieve rates where not the same for comparable sizes... if the numbers where not bogus.
  8. Hi everyone, Don't know how many of you checked out the advertised new Penn Battle III reels on J&H's website, but looks like they will have sizes ranging from 1K to 10K including 3 models with high speed reels (4K, 6K and 8K). Seems to still feature all metal body and HT-100 drag, looks like it's 5+1 sealed bearings and the newest feature their CNC gears, probably aluminum main gear from 1k to 5k and all brass from 6k and up. Apart from the high speed versions, looks like a blend on Battle II and Clash first gen....? I now understand why they dropped the 6k and 8k for the second generation of the Clash. The 6k and 8k Clash from gen 1, were all metal (unlike the 5k and below that featured a RR30 rotor?) and featured all brass CNC gearing, BUT they also had 8+1 sealed bearings, light handle with comfy EVA power knob, some sealing under the drag and above et AR clutch AND more importantly: Leveline slow oscillation which is one the Clash first gen best features. So yes, they were better than what is the new Battle III, but they were also more expensive than the advertised MSRP for the new Battle. Since this Battle launch coincides with the liquidation prices of the Clash 1, why preorder a Battle 3? I mean The 8k Clash 1 is on sale at around 150$ and the new Battle III 8k is 145$ I'll let this sink in... I don't know, I'd still get a Clash 1 first gen over a Battle 3, for the 6k and 8k sizes if you want or need a metal rotor.
  9. That applies for a lot of things in life
  10. Hehe, I know. Sorry about that, I got all worked up during my second coffee. Funny you say that, I just un-spooled and hung my Mitchell 300 on my wall, first reel I ever got.
  11. Even if I promised myself I'd never buy reel made by these companies, I'm looking forward to get some feedback on this 300 size Alijos, mostly the faster retrieve speed one. I suspect the gears are identical in the 2 retreive speeds but the faster one has a tiny pinion... I'm worried about medium or longterm term use. Don't know if it is based on their Thunder bait caster reel they had before but Ish with Fish on YT seemed to be very impressed with this older model.
  12. Haven't forgot about you HH. I will find this 30 min Epoxy and finish these plugs...
  13. There is a resemblance. I googled the Sea-Bee, the front treble is oddly placed, way back there.
  14. Some more pics to see the full profile and shape
  15. Be careful when shopping (if online) not to get the JDM version. It has a weaker main gear and the drag washers are felt. Probably other differences also... The American Shimano Corporation version has the cold forged aluminum coated main gear + carbon drag washers. You can mainly recongnize the JDM version with the hole in the handle stem. Check Alan Hawk's review for examples and details.
  16. Hi guys, Been looking for some feedback on this Tica Tc2 UEHA532002S 10'6'' Medium-Heavy rod rated 1-3oz. I only found threads about either people looking for one or also looking for some feedback. I want to know about first hand experiences with this rod. Reel pairing and actual lure weight ratings. How does it hold up? I already have this rod actually, received it yesterday. I'm just not sure what to think about the feel of it. I find it a bit whippy all the way to the butt. Purchased it to cast light lures mag darters, SP minnows, bucktails, etc. Could I do pencil popping with a 6 or 7'' cordell whit this? Don't know, you tell me. It does balance perfectly with my Penn Conflict II 6k LC (18.5oz).
  17. Spheros SW is ''fully sealed'', I think the Ultegra XTD only has a sealed drag? If it matters, the 5500 Ultegra has much more line capacity (360yds of 30lbs braid) than a Spheros SW5000 (225yds of 30lbs) I have a Spheros SW5000 that balanced very well on a 9' Tica UEHA 1/2-3oz. That is a tight and smooth reel. But why not go for a SW6000 for extra line capacity (290yds of 30lbs. I think they are the same body but deeper spool on the 6000? Fun fact: At 17oz, the XTD5500 is just 1 oz heavier than both the 5k and 6k Spheros SW.
  18. Thank you! I think I've read your exact review on Amazon :), that's possible? cutting the butt, catching red's and ray's, etc. Thanks for the lure rating sweet spot, I'll try that and feel it out. What happens at 2 oz? I will definitely try and cast larger 165mm mag darters and 170mm hydro minnow, which are both 2oz plugs. Maybe 1.5 and 2oz GT Ice Cream's too. Happy to know it can land a big one. I'll probably just fish open beaches with this setup (on trips to the North East or Florida). I know the 6k conflict longest is a big reel, but it's very light and balances perfectly, the spool diameter is large but so is the first guide, so it should work fine, I hope.
  19. Yes, I also have the 9' version of the UEHA lineup. Both M (1/2-3oz) and MH (2-6oz) in fact. They do both work very well. But I never used a rod that feels like this 1-3oz 10'6'' version... I think I like it. Might go test it out on the river near my home, just to get a feel and report.
  20. Thanks, just posted my full question(s) on the main forum.
  21. Did you ever got this Tica UEHA 532002S rod? I'm trying to find feedback on it from people who used it in the NE surf.
  22. Good point, but I guess it was mostly to make the most out of my packs of inlines and the number of lures to modify. I could switch the treble back on the belly and put the inline on the tail.
  23. I see that the pack of VMC inlines on there are 1x, that might be it? I know it doesn't make sense but I think, they might be on the smaller size I think. The 4x 3/0 VMCs are much more similar to the Inline Mustads. I prefer the curve of the Mustad than the VMC, not enough point goes into the meat of the fishes mouth with the VMC inlines... I really like these Mustad inlines, good price too. I use them on most of my plugs for a belly hook, I keep a treble on the tail hook. As an example for the sizes of inline hooks I use on the belly of some popular lures: Yo Zuri Mag Darter 125 and Mag Minnow 125: 3/0 VMC 4x Daiwa SP Minnow 6'': 4/0 Mustad ( on the tail, I put a stock treble that I removed from the belly of a 125 mag darter) Yo Zuri Mag Darter 165: 5/0 Mustad Yo Zuri Hydro Minnow 150: 4/0 Mustad Yo Zuri Hydro Minnow 170: 5/0 Mustad Yo Zuri Surface Cruiser 190: 7/0 Mustad for the tail hook (keep the big treble on the belly) Rapala Subwalk 15: 5/0 Mustad on the belly and VMC 5/0 on the tail
  24. I'm a bit late for this thread but, hey... Last year of production of the Ocean Kayak Torque is 2014. Ocean Kayak (owned by Johnson Outdoors, which also owns (ed) Necky, Old Town, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Cannon etc) discontinued the Torque in 2015 because the launched the Old Town Predator XL Minn Kota, which ''replaced'' the Torque in the motorized kayak market. The beauty of the Torque is that, without the motor, it paddles very well just like there Trident model, which it is based on. Depending on the battery Amp/hour rating you can use the motor all day ( not full throttle of course). At full throttle, the motor uses 25 amps per hour, so the higher the Amp rating, the better. The biggest battery size that fits into the hatch is a size 24. In early Spring 2016, I bought a barely used 2013 for 1300$cad, came with a paddle, a dry bag, anchor, battery charger and a dead battery. The first thing I noticed is the weight of, even with it being striped of it's motor or removable skeg. I have a Impreza hatchback and had difficulty putting it on top without cursing. It's ''only'' 75 lbs, but it's 13'10'' long, so a bit tricky to lift by yourself, at least for me. I ended up buying a Malone Xtralight kayak Trailer and I'm really happy about that move. I use the kayak a lot more that way. I mainly use it for freshwater but I did bring it to Ogunquit a couple or year ago. I never brought the motor in big water (ocean), you are much better without it in my opinion. The motor adds 20-25lbs and the battery adds 50-55lbs. When the motor is plugged in, it really doesn't paddle well. But When you put it in the skeg instead, it is very easy to paddle, fast and stable. I went through the breaker without any problems. I did flip on the way back but thats my fault.... The motor is really nice to ''stay put'' if it's windy or to troll. It's a 36lbs saltwater grade Minn Kota.
  25. AlwaysWading, you caught nice fish back in October? Dorado? He also told me that time was best, from mid-May to mid-July. But that is, prime time for Roosterfish and Jacks, which is mainly what people go down there for. You need big long casting topwater lures to imitate the big mullet that are cruising around. That said, according to Jansen, in the early stage of this period it's better to fish the southern edge of the peninsula (beaches between Cabo and San José Del Cabo), as you progress toward July, the Pacific beaches are better (from Solmar resort and up). ...we fished the Pacific coast the first week of June and the fishing was rather good. It is different for other fish. I think the Sierra Mackerel are more abundant near shore in the winter months, like February and March. During this time, smaller profile long casting lures are suppose to be better. Fish are also closer to shore, but smaller, in the 10-20lbs range? He also mentioned that going there in October-November is the time when you have the most chances to get Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) from shore. *I'm only talking fishing from the beach here.