SurfCaster21

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  1. Good points. Agree 100% in doing things the right way or don't do them at all. Appreciate all the input.
  2. Thank you. Sounds like I am way under gunned for any sharking lol. Plus, I know there is the new law or whatever going in effect July 1 for sharks in FL so I do not know how regular of a thing it will be. I figured it may be fun if I could hook up with some smaller ones in the surf. I do not care to hook up with huge sharks at the present moment. I have fought 4'-5' lemons in the back country in the Keys on relatively light tackle, in a boat but we were anchored the whole time, not sure if the surf is the same or much different than this.
  3. Thank you for tall of the helpful info. My reel I think will be up to par it can hold 440 yd of 65, but sounds like rod length may not be. I did not think I needed to cast a country mile, is there even a chance with the 8'? I figured something with a strong backbone was most important.
  4. Thank you for the info. A longer rod will probably be my next purchase but for this round I went with the 8'.
  5. Agree. That is why I am here asking away...Want as much info as I can absorb so that I can enjoy the hobby and teach others but also be a responsible fisherman.
  6. Thank you for the tips! Wholeheartedly agree in having good reliable gear. Any recommendations on connections?
  7. Good info! thanks!
  8. Thanks for the help/info!
  9. No problem. Have a ton of time in reading. Internet is my only resource at the moment. I looked at the 5000 and heavily considered it, but ordered the 6500 this morning to make sure it gets here in time. I will mostly be tossing live/dead bait and waiting but I did purchase a couple of DOA baitbusters I am going to give a shot at. I figured the 33 lbs. of drag would give me room to grow into if I ever started targeting even bigger stuff but honestly wasn't sure if the 22 lbs would be enough so figured better to have and not need than need and not have. Since the reel is so big should I just back the spool with 50lb mono then go braid and leader/top shot? Going out on a boat one or two days of my trip for red snapper with a buddy so I guess at the very least the 33 lb drag may help if I get into something bigger, never know what might find your bait.
  10. Most of anything I have read online stated 50 is ideal for Tarpon fishing from beach. Some have used lighter for this but figured since this is new for me heavier might be better.
  11. Thank you for the info, I will check out the Suffix tonight. No, at least I do not think so, it is the Shimano TMSX80XH. It is my understanding that the TMS (Spinning) TMC (Conventional).
  12. Kind of going to be a "do-all" set up for me since it would get used when I am in FL. I am leaning more toward the 50 to be honest. I *may* once in a blue moon be fishing with this rod from boat. I have never really set up a rod/reel with line this heavy so really just getting my feet wet. I figure small/med shark anything under 6'?
  13. Read all across google and different forums looking for an answer, maybe I am overthinking the whole thing. I will be surf fishing tarpon maybe small/md sharks a couple times a year. I will be getting a BG6500 on 8ft Termar xh. It is my understanding x4 is more abrasion resistant and x8 is slicker/casts further. Does one make more sense than the other in this scenario, will the sand really wear down the x8 that much more? If another braid will better suit me I am open for recommendation also.
  14. Fishing Sarasota, FL area and plan on targeting beach tarpon/sharks(sm-md) this year. I usually go for whiting and pompano but I am getting an itch to get into something bigger. Looking at the Daiwa BG 6500 and spooling is with 50lb braid and 60-80 fluoro. What rod/s should I look at? Also will be going out on a boat and will be (maybe) targeting tarpon but will definitely be going for red snapper. Any length rod that can serve as dual purpose for this setup? Will the 6500 be sufficient? Only fish saltwater in FL a few weeks a year so don't want to go cheap but no need to spend a fortune.