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  1. I would like to hear what guys like to use when targeting cow bass in boulder fields. I have lost many BIG bass in the rocks using 50lb power pro with 10ft long floro leaders.....
  2. I find myself in a battle to master surf casting and am looking to the community for help. I would appreciate your efforts to read this post and provide constructive commentary that I can take to the beach. If nothing else, you might find it to be a fun bedtime story, both educational and inquisitive. The story’s backdrop is continuous reels used for surf casting. Its content is generally inapplicable to fixed spool (spinning) reels, but baitcast practitioners struggling to use braid as their main line might find the story somewhat insightful. 3,400 words (6-pages) are used to story my surf casting experiences and struggles to eliminate snap-offs as well as seek your specific guidance on what I might try differently. And in the end, it asks your opinion on what is best surf casting line to use, braid or monofilament, when throwing weights up to 8-ounces? With that prelude the story begins… I kindled a lifetime passion for fishing beginning as a toddler with a fly rod in hand and a backyard in Yellowstone Park. Through life changes, I transitioned from fly fishing for trout to baitcasting for bass, and now in my retirement years, I’ve embarked on another chapter—surf casting for red drum. Just as the equipment used in each approach is unique, so is the fishing process, which is what draws and holds my interest. Besides the number and types of fish I catch, my satisfaction for a surf outing is measured by casting distance achieved and the number of snap-offs realized. My goal is to consistently achieve 100 or more yards casting distance with zero snap-offs. My present challenge is avoiding the snap-off. I suppose its akin to the golfer striving to achieve par with minimal ball loss. I’ve fished the surf one or two days a month for the past 18-months using 40-pound PowerPro braid on continuous reels throwing 5, 6 or 8-ounce weights and bait-clipped pulley rigs. While I have enjoyed many casts exceeding 100 yards, I have also suffered the snap-off plague, a plague requiring buckets of weights and pulley rigs. Actually, I experience two to five snap-offs per day trip; two feeling a lot better than five. And of course, every snap-off is accompanied by a bird’s nest in my reel. Did you note I use braid as the main line? Braid is particularly prone to break because it does not stretch like monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line, although both can also snap, particularly when the line is damaged. Even a rubber band will break when stretched far enough. Based on buckets of lost rigs, I can tell you snap-offs will occur either 1) during the power swing prior to the rig being released or 2) during flight before the rig splashdown in the surf. The practice field is where I learned the importance of shock leaders in avoiding snap-offs during the surf cast. Initially, I would tie a 5-ounce bunker weight directly to the braid. Worked okay for a while but as I increased with experience the power of the cast, I began encountering snap-offs during the cast swing prior to the actual release. The weight flew behind me, parallel to me, anywhere but in the direction of the intended target. The uncontrolled snap-off during the swing of the rod was very dangerous I realized. I learned the remedy was adding a shock leader of 50 or 60-pound monofilament which has more stretch affinity then braid. The shock leader is roughly one and a half times the length of the rod with a few wraps on the spool to avoid the stressing the knot. The monofilament absorbs the energy buildup during the casting process, stretching where necessary, and sailing through the rod guides without interference. I have never experienced a snap-off where the shock leader itself snapped. My current pain is with rigs in flight, i.e., something causes the main line to stop flowing off the spool, the line snaps, and the rig sails into the distant surf leaving nothing but a bird’s nest on the reel. Two issues emerge 1) where and why does the line break, and 2) why does the main line stop spooling off the reel. The break will occur wherever the weak link is between the weight and the reel. It could be a knot, the braid is nicked or frayed, or simply a weak spot in the line. Examining the end of the braid after a snap-off can give some insight. Parts of a knot clinging to the line suggests a knot failure. If the end is frayed, the braid had a nick that damaged several of the fibers. If the end is a clean break, then the line failed or was cut. Nicks and frays in fishing line have caused many a fish to break free of the fight, so it should be no surprise it contributes to rig snap-offs. One must be on the lookout for line damage, and if possible, identify the reason for the damage. It could the reel, the rod guides, rocks, shell beds, fish, or even a pelican flying into the line. I even suspect a series of bad casts can cause braid fibers to break, creating a weak link—much like a nail bending under a series of mi**** by a hammer. I remember one trip where, after casting and placing the rod in a sand spike, noticing the braid was frayed a few inches outside the reel, with only a couple of threads holding the line together. Hmm…what to do? Reel in and strip the line from the reel, or reduce line tension, cut the line, and tie the sections together. I grabbed my scissors, reduced line tension, cut the line, and began joining the sections using UNI knots. Just as I finished one side of the UNI knot a fish started tugging on the line. Then it began to run, my rod began bending and I was holding the line in my hand. I pulled the rod from the sand spike, pointed it at the water to reduce tension, fumbled with the star drag until I got it tight enough to start reeling. I had to keep the fish from stripping the line to the unfinished knot. We fought each other for 15-minutes with multiple runs. I landed a 39-inch red drum weighing 21-pounds. After releasing the bull red back into the Gulf, I dropped my weight, unreeled the line as I walked the beach surf until I exposed the unfinished knot. I completed the knot, retrieved the line, rebaited, and started fishing again. The above story is an exception, not the rule. Nearly all the snap-offs I experience are clean breaks in the braid. Over the past 18-months, I recall two failures in UNI knot splices of the main line and two failures in the knot used to join the shock leader to the main line. (I use a half hitch/Uni knot combination knot to attach the 50-pound shock leader to main line—it is easy to tie in the field and provides excellent performance, failing only once. It is like the blob knot in that the half hitch replaces the blob.) Occasionally I snag and recover a rig lost in an earlier snap-off. These recovered rigs with 5 to 50-yards of main line still attached confirm that the main line is breaking, not the knots. An aside…I routinely splice new braid to existing braid using 12-wrap UNI to UNI knots and then fill the reel to maximum capacity, as a full reel casts farther than an empty reel. I may have as many as 5 splices in the first 150 yards of the main line, but I try to keep at least 20 yards between splices. The above story also reminds me that wetting the braid before the first cast will lessen the likelihood of a snap-off in the first few casts of the outing. Initially, I would simply pour bottled water over the line coiled on the reel. Today I simply drop the rig in the surf, walk the surf stripping line as I go, which allows the surf to wet the line. My experience suggests this step is unnecessary when using simple off the ground casts, but with the power generating pendulum cast, the braid wetting is helpful in minimizing snap-offs in the early stages of an outing. But why does line stop flowing off the reel while the rig is in flight to splashdown? The sudden line stoppage for sure is a component of the snap-off plague. One reason for the stoppage could be a single coil on the reel is embedded and trapped amongst the other coils on the spool. I’ve had this happen recently when during the cast with cold, wet and numb fingers, my thumb slipped off the spool prematurely and the rig sailed nearly straight upward landing a short distance in front of me. Other then the bad cast everything else looked fine and I reeled the line to make another cast. Bad move. The follow-up cast resulted in a snap-off—perhaps if I had stripped line off the reel first, I would have discovered the embedded coil. (Fastening a rubber flapper to the reel is a common solution to the thumb slippage problem—the thumb presses the flapper against the spool and releases the pressure when launching the rig.) The most common reason for the stoppage is the spool is spinning faster than the line is being taken off the spool. As the spool spins, loose coils form, growing in numbers with each spool revolution, and eventually becoming entangled. Once entangled line stops flowing off the reel, which abruptly stops the forward progress of the rig on its flight path to splashdown. The formation and entanglement of loose coils is often referred to as a backlash, or because the aftermath-mess on the reel looks like it, a bird’s nest. A bird’s nest can take 1-minute, 60-minutes, or a knife to untangle; and once cleared, another 20-minutes to set up for fishing, i.e. replenish the mainline if necessary, tie on a new shock leader, and finalize preassembled rigs. Adding to the agony is the fact the specialized rig components I use are from the United Kingdom, taking 10 to 14 days to replenish with a $25.00 shipping charge for 1.5KG to the USA. To help avoid the spool overrun, reel manufacturers build braking systems into the reel which fisherman adjust based on their current fishing circumstances. It’s somewhat of a trial-n-error procedure to find the best settings and then understand how to adjust for changes in wind, the weight of the bait, or swapping out rods. And of course, settings working for one person may not work well for another person because the way they cast is different. But not all blacklash scenarios are controllable with braking systems. For example, a common blacklash that is so severe and unrecoverable occurs when the bait being cast snags something just as one takes their thumb pressure off the spool and pushes the rod forward to complete the cast. The only recovery is to respool, which most times is a task for another day. The spool tension knob on baitcasting reels is commonly set using a drop test. The test is performed with the baitcaster attached to a rod and with the planned bait attached. The free spool is activated allowing the bait to fall to the ground. If loose coils form on the spool, the tension knob is slightly tightened, and the test is repeated until no loose coils form. The drop test unfortunately is inapplicable to continuous reels used in surf casting as it is too restrictive for casting 5, 6 or 8-ounce weights. Instead, the tension knob is set to allow a slight side to side movement of the spool within the reel frame. Spool overruns can also occur upon splashdown of the rig. It is stopped by a slight tweak of the tension knob on my baitcaster, or on my continuous reel, by placing my thumb on the spool just as the rig splashes into the surf. Yep, I have experienced a few splashdown overruns because of thumb inaction due to distractions like waves, poor footing, and “where’d it go?”. Fortunately, most splashdown overruns can be untangled without retrieving the rig. But it is worth noting, that after recovering, I strip 10 to 20-yards of line from the reel on my way to placing the rod in the sand spike. I have noticed during the stripping that there can be one or two instances where a tug is required to strip the line. The extra tug suggesting a coil or two are still entangled or buried in the spool. I’m sure I would have more snap-offs if I did not strip line after each rig splashdown. I’m sure the machinist out there would agree it doesn’t take much to disturb something spinning at 23,000 rpm. Bird’s nests and the associated snap-offs is perhaps the biggest justification for fishing two rods. I have two continuous reels designed for surf casting with long rods, i.e. PENN 525 Mag2 and Aba Garcia 7000 Blue Yonder. They are similar in appearance to a barrel type baitcaster like the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur or Shimano Calcutta. The Mag2 reel experiences 2.5 times more snap-offs then the Blue Yonder, why? Both reels have magnetic brakes as well as a spool tension knob. I increase the magnetic brake setting when the snap-offs become too frequent, but still experience snap-offs. I rarely tighten the spool tension knob as it kills distance—and I never know where to reset it once changed as it is not calibrated. Neither reel has a line guide, which is a distinguishing feature difference between baitcaster and continuous reel nomenclature. The shock leader knot is one of the reasons for selecting reels without a reel line guide, as the guide can interfere with line release as the knot passes through the guide. It also increases line friction which decreases casting distance. Without a line guide, the thumb is used to guide the line on to the spool. While guiding the line on to the spool with my thumb, I tend to lay the line in the shape of an egg, i.e. narrow on the spool-edge and thick in the middle. The egg-shaped laydown is more evident in the PENN. Could the laydown pattern be affecting the propensity for snap-offs, i.e. coils become embedded and trapped? If so, how avoid? And, could it account for the performance differences between reels? The 40lb PowerPro braid line capacity of the PENN reel is 335 yards and the Aba Garcia reel capacity is 590 yards. Yes, the spool width is different between the two reels. The PENN spool width is 1.5-inches while the Aba Garcia reel is 1.75-inches. When using braid, I learned one must minimize the star drag setting to lessen the extent the braid buries itself in the spool if a backlash or snap-off occurs. I carried this bass fishing experience over to my surf casting practices. Before each surf cast, I back off the star drag. And I continue minimal drag setting when I place the rod in the sand spike to ensure a fish takes the line and not my rod-n-reel. Backing off the drag when using braid is a good practice to embrace. I use the Mag2 reel on a 2-piece 12-foot PENN Carnage II rod and the Blue Yonder reel is placed on a 3-piece 13½-foot Shakespeare Agility rod. The PENN rod is designed to throw 4 to 10-ounce weights while the Shakespeare rod is designed for 5 to 6-ounce weights but I found it can easily handle 8-ounce. The action of PENN rod is significantly faster than the Shakespeare. The PENN rod experiences 2.5 times more snap-offs then the Shakespeare rod, why? Is it the rod, reel, or the system? Perhaps further insight could be gathered by switching reels between rods? Not to confuse, but to further explain, my first surf casting reel was a PENN Squall 30, which I fastened to a 10-foot PENN Carnage II rod. The reel did not have a line guide, nor did it have a braking system. I had to feather the spool with my thumb, but I soon learned that I needed protection for my thumb to avoid rope-burns and cuts. (The spool spinning at 23 thousand rpms creates a lot of heat at the surface of applied friction.) I got the necessary protection by wrapping my thumb with surgical tape to form a cocoon, but I lost all feeling of touch. I also found I needed to remove the tape cocoon after making the cast and then have the cocoon fall out my pocket into the surf. I found this process so frustrating I replaced this reel with the two reels I now use. I no longer feather the spool. I no longer use tape cocoons. Instead, I rely on the braking systems built into the reels. As I reflect on this snap-off plague, I’m drawn to the fact that I have never experienced a snap-off fishing 10-pound braid on a baitcaster throwing a ¼-ounce bait (total weight) but increasing the bait weight to ½-ounce on the same line and rod does result in an occasional snap-off. To cross the bridge from bass to surf casting can we borrow from physics the equation for force, where Force (f) = mass (m) x acceleration (a)? The acceleration formula is the change in velocity (v) over a period of time (t); say, from 250 mph at release to nearly 0 mph at point of snap-off? If so, we could postulate the breaking strength of braid required to avoid snap-offs. Based on the ¼-ounce bait experience presented, we could postulate a ½-ounce bait requires a 20-pound braid to minimize the occurrence of a snap-off, while a 1-ounce bait requires 40. Too simple? Absurd? Perhaps, as an 8-ounce surf casting weight would require 320-pound braid—suggesting braid is an impracticable main line for surf casting heavy weights using a continuous reel. I have the impression that an 8-ounce weight thrown by a surf rod travels faster than a ¼-ounce weight thrown by my 7½-foot inshore/bass rod. Obviously, the applied force is different, but the difference seems to increase rather than decrease the demands on the breaking strength of the braid. I’m leaning towards trying monofilament as braid is beginning to appear impractical to use as the main line in surf casting. The literature says distance casting tournaments have been won using monofilament having a line diameter of 0.40 mm. The diameter of 40-pound braid I use is 0.30 mm, and because of smaller diameter enables longer distance casts. Examples of a monofilament having a diameter near 0.4 mm are 15-pound Ande Back Country (0.40) and 15-pound Trilene Big Game (0.38). I’m unfamiliar with either line, but Ande enjoys a slightly higher social rating then Trilene—4.8 vs 4.6. Several issues come to mind should I replace the braid with monofilament. One is casting distance. Another is line capacity of the reel, and then there is the issue of catching fish exceeding the breaking strength of the main line. Large fish will need to be played until tired and no longer resisting the net, presuming the fish doesn’t find cover before then. This means a low drag setting and long pulling runs by the fish. Long runs though are limited by the reel’s line capacity, and once exhausted, the line will break as the fish continues to pull. One solution might be to use 150 yards of15 or 17-pound monofilament as a top shot and fill the remaining balance of the reel with 30-pound braid (0.28 mm) as backing to the monofilament. I would continue using a 50-pound shock leader with the monofilament main line—even a rubber band breaks. I’m beginning to think the distance benefit I’m chasing with braid is so overshadowed by its problems it is time for a change. But monofilament has problems that braid solves, which is why I started with braid to begin with. I am interested in learning your experience using monofilament as your main line as all my surf casting experience is entirely with braid. Thank you for reading. Looking forward to your input. Remember, the charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
  3. My reel sneezed off a braid booger and Iost a decent amount of line. Now it's underspooled. Can I tie braid to braid to refill the spool? What would be the best knot to use so that it smoothly passes through the guides?
  4. Hey guys, I’m picking up a Siegler SG this evening for surf fishing. Most of the time I’ll be casting between the 2nd and 3rd bar on the texas coast with 4-8 ounces of lead and bait. What are some good rods for slinging bait out that far with this reel? Hoping to have 100 yard throws in good conditions with sone practice Most likely will run 250 yards of 50lb braid and fill the rest with 30 - 50lb mono. Targeted species will be bull reds, black drum, and various sharks. (40-200 lb fish) Any advice and suggestions are welcome!
  5. I am not too familiar with using braid but I just bought a Daiwa BG 4000 reel, which i heard casts best when using braid but the only braid I have is 50lb and 80lb. Are there any drawbacks with using heavier pound test braid?
  6. Any tricks to spooling braid on my new VR50, do I have to hump it like the VS ???
  7. I have 2 Mitchell 402’s that I’m looking to clean up and fish. My question is are these reels braid friendly or have people experienced problems with braid on them?
  8. Is it just me or does this line have abrasion issues? The 10 and 20 lb test seem to be holding up ok but I've used several spools of the 30 lb and I'm getting line fray from just normal use. Def frays more than spiderwire moss green or powerpro. Anyone else have issues with this line? I have a few spools of 30 lb left but I'm skeptical...
  9. Been working on this spreadsheet (pic is only a screen-shot) since ‘15 & wonder if anyone would like to input, review, trouble-shoot, etc.. It has two more tabs - one w/lookups for generic braid & mono sizes & a new one for adding tape or yarn, etc prior to the mono backing. Thought it might be useful to SOL members - only want only a few helpers that are reasonably proficient w/Excel. BTW I am running Excel 2007 !!!
  10. I just purchased my first surfcasting reel and rod. I got the BG5000/1002MH Combo with the 10 foot Rod: http://www.daiwa.com/us/contents/pmc/bg_spinning_combos/index.html What line should I use with this? I will be targeting primarily stripers on both the North and South shores of Long Island. I expect to mostly be on sandy beaches, a few jetties, and some backwater areas. I'm torn between mono and braid. A little nervous about my finger getting cut off with braid. I like the idea of mono being more newb friendly. I've never tied a fishing knot in my life. But most people seem to be pointing me towards braid. I like the price point on the Daiwa J-Braid. What lb. test is good for what I'm going for? Does color of the line matter? Do I have to go with the specific lengths and tests outlined out the rod/reel product page? (copied below) Any brand or specific product recommendations? Thanks in advance. From Daiwa product page: Reel Line Capacity (Lb. Test/Yards) Mono: 14/470, 17/380, 20/280 J-BRAID: 40/480, 50/360, 65/310
  11. Both purchased early this year from Ramsey Outdoor and spooled with brand new 20# blue Sufix (4000) & 30# brown Jerry Brown (6000) to near full spool capacity by the shop. The 4K was used once and was not submerged; the 6K never got mounted on a rod nor was ever fished / cast. I removed the trip levers on both reels to make it manual bail but lost the piece for the 4K. The manual and wrench are located under the plastic packaging inside the boxes. $100 shipped for the 4K and $110 shipped for the 6K.
  12. Hi all. Looking to up my game and get 2 new casting setups that can throw at least 8oz (maybe up to 10) for Assateague. Currently using 11ft 2-6oz Penn Battalion setups but had trouble holding bottom last time. I cant always pick best weather when I get a chance off to head down from Baltimore. Looking to spend medium to decent money... maybe 600 total but dont hold back on more $ recommendations. Prefer options readily available somewhere and on short notice (maybe even buy by Friday or Sat. Rods- any recommendations on 11, 12, or 13fters? Glass or graphite? Need to be 2 piece cus I roll in a wrangler tj. Reels- im new to conventional casting so what reel is best? Considering 2 Abu Blue Yonder 7500s cus the mag cast control. Anything cheeper that still has mag control and good? I have heard Mono is prob best for conventional. 20 or 25lb? Colors like hi-vis Green KastKing ok? I usually use a 50lb big game shock leader for my 6oz setups... do I need to go to 80 or 100lb for throwing 8 or 10ozs? Lastly I am also planning on getting 4 long beach spikes... the ones that hold reel at chest level. Any instructions for self making or a guy that makes and sells them? Cheers Guys!
  13. Say you have a tuna, 50 - 100 lb. or so, on a reel spooled with braid. You need to spread line on the retrieve, but braid under a strong load will cut the hell out of you if the tuna suddenly runs (they do that.) What's the best thing to be wearing on your line-spreading fingers? A glove? What kind? A tape? What tape?
  14. I've been to Hatteras and Buxton only once, at least twenty years ago, and maybe thirty. I don't actually remember. There's an issue of manners to address. When I was there (whenever that was) braided lines were starting to penetrate the marketplace. I was told, I think at Red Drum, that it was bad manners to fish a reel with braid amidst anglers fishing with mono, because untangling mono from braid is such a pain in the arse. Is this still the case? I have a Newell 220 with quality mono, P-line C-XXX, ready to go; if the house rules dictate mono, I'm happy to comply. Otherwise it's a 525Mag and 50 lb. Sufix 832. Your advice, please. Second question. Hatteras Jack's is in the neighborhood, and he had or still has some association with Seigler Reels. If there's ever a situation for which a conventional reel optimized for casting large sinkers is optimal, it's casting bait for red drum. I'm sure there are some Truth/Release/Seigler reels in circulation; how are they performing on drum, cobia, and the occasional shark? The bride might indulge me. I'll be there in mid-September with my wife. She will be happy to hunt the beaches for shells, I just wanna fish. Plugs aren't worth the time for drum, but bluefish and bass ought be available in mi-September. Are there locally popular plugs for that season? When I was there last, I heard a recommendation to always have a second rod at the ready that's rigged with an eel. If you see a big ray, cast the eel in hope that there's a cobia following. Is there a locally preferred eel?
  15. Has anyone tried the Yo-Zuri Superbraid lines? Interested on how they compare with Power Pro or other.
  16. Hi All, I am new to the forum, surf fishing and striped bass I am having some trouble with my bait chunking setup. Here it is: Penn Fathom 15 Spooled with 30 LB proline braid Offshore Angler Breakwater 11ft Casting Rod (15-30 lb line), 2-6 oz lures I have very little trouble casting a standard freshwater baitcaster (abu ambassadeur). The lever drag fathom is giving me some problems. I have been practicing with 3 oz, 4oz, 5oz weights attached to the line. Basically, the line is snapping in the reel while the weight is in the air. Its been frustrating because I have to find the weight (if Im lucky) and then retie, blah blah. This is happening on basically every cast. The only time it doesn't is when i keep pressure on the spool with my thumb throughout the cast. I am in free spool when casting... I am not sure what would be causing birds nest while the weight is flying but it seems to tangle in the reel then the line snaps in the tangle in the reel. Any ideas? Thanks for the help! I look forward to clearing this hurdle and actually throwing bait to a place where there might be fish, rather than losing lead in a field
  17. So I need a bit of help from someone with ultra light fishing experience. I got a bit "hooked" on UL spin. I currently use a shimano catana dx 2.4m 10-30g spin rod with fairly light line (10lb fireline) Casting jigs and lures from 4-8g seems a bit blunt since the rod is responsive yet very hard in casting, still i get about 10-15 meters casting distance ... but I want more and found a Major craft UL rod (0.8-5g) for a really cheap price at a local dealer. And I'll be ordering a 0.06mm braid, and a 1000 size okuma ceymar reel. What do you think how far will I be able to cast lures (1-7g), and if you have experience with similar UL rods, how far do you cast. Thanks for the help
  18. I've been doing a lot of screenshotting knots lately in preparation for trying new ones and lack of data/wifi signal to look it up. I was wondering what is your favorite knot to tie leader to braid and why? I almost always go double uni, but have tied albright as well and had no issues/failure yet (although haven't hit anything 40+ yet...). I really want to master and try the FG knot this year. Seems super strong and has a slim profile so if you end up reeling it through your guides on accident, could be less likely to cause a snag or damage. What are your thoughts?
  19. Is 150 yards of 40pd braid with backing enough for surf fishing? Do you really get it out that far? And also for those who fish it, what about the canal?
  20. Recently purchased the invisibraid by Spiderwire and was wondering about any complaints and/or praises about the braid ? Thanks
  21. I'm fairly new to surf fishing and just saltwater fishing in general. As a result, I don't have too much experience with spooling braid onto larger reels. As of right now, I have a spinning reel capable of holding around 600 yards of #30 braid. After searching through forums, it seems like most people tend to only have their mono-filament backing wrap around their spool a few times with the rest of their reel being filled with braid. But to me, that seems like a horrible waste of expensive line. Like for me, I'm targeting stripers and bluefish from the surf so I'm be casting no more than like what, 100 yards? And I doubt that any striper would manage to rip away 500 more yards of line. So I feel like it would be more efficient to spool up around 2/3 of my reel with mono and then rest with braid. This way, I'll only to pay for 200 yards of braid, which I think is plenty. However, this is really all just my intuition. Do you guys have any opinions on this? Thanks!!!
  22. Well, it's time to respool my reel, what are your thoughts on hi vis braid? Would you go for moss green or a different color like yellow or blue?
  23. I fish from the beaches and rocks on MA's South Shore and have a week on Block Island coming up. While I typically fish conventionals, it seemed like a good time to try out one of these newer high end spinning reels. Wanting something svelt, stout, quick and ergo, I opted for a Daiwa Saltiga 5000H on an ODM Genesis 10', 3/4 -4 oz. On my conventionals, I use 65lb. Power Pro Super Slick. Based on a bunch of reading, some local opinion, and my satisfaction with the PPS8S on my conventionals, I opted to source and load 40lb. PPSS on the reel on top of 60 yards of mono backing. The line was spooled under load wetted and lays fine. I took it out to the beach this evening for some practice casts. I started the evening with a long, 7 yard 50lb. fluro, leader connected with an FG knot, thinking it would be easier on my index finger if I brought the leader back to the spool. Disappointingly, the FG didn't flow through the guides like I'd hoped. Ultimately, it removed itself with the beat up Atom popper I'd appointed test pilot by somehow compromising the braid 10 yards behind the knot... Second at bat was a 7", 2oz., Cordell Cotton Pencil Popper that it threw 52-55 cranks or around 70 yards. The popper was tied directly to a snap swivel, sans leader. The line seemed to continue taking a beating and was hell on my index finger. So much so, I walked back to the truck for a glove. Wearing the glove really seemed to interfere with my touch. I tossed this setup until Cordell too went AWOL, also breaking behind the knot. I'm not sure I like this line. Should I try heavier PPSS (maybe 50lb.). A different braid all together? My goal is to have a tough setup that casts long, with ease. Thanks, SB
  24. Hello All, I am new to this forum, and new to saltwater and surf fishing (noob)! (have been bass/freshwater fishing for a few years now) I will be going on a trip with some friends next week and want to finalize my setup before we go and just need some advice from more experienced saltwater fishermen. I plan to be going down a few times a year in the summer hopefully atleast 5-10 times this fishing season. I just purchased a surf spinning rod that I got a recommendation from a friend to get: (Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater 2-Piece Spinning Rod 11' Heavy): Specs of the rod: Rod Power & Length: H 11'0" Model: BWS 1100 110 Line Weight: 12-40 lbs. Lure Weight: 2-8 oz. Guides: 6+Tip I am now looking into buying the reel, I am looking for a spinning setup and have my eyes on the Penn Battle II, Penn Spinfisher V, and the Penn Pursuit II (a cheaper alternative to the other 2 reels). I am currently leaning towards the Spinfisher V (in either 5500 or 6500 size). What would you guys recommend? Also, I have done some research on the type of line to use, and I am going with braid, in either 30lb or 40lb test, I am not sure which to go with as I plan to fish with plugs (1 oz or more) and also plan to use bait (bunker,squid,clams). What lb test would you guys say for this setup? Thanks!
  25. Bought a new Diawa Emblem pro reel and need to pair an 11' rod for beach and canal use. Mainly looking for distance cast with top water and swim baits. 1) Should I get something like a St Croix Avid or Mojo or is there a huge difference in quality if I buy say a Tsunami Trophy? 2) I usually fish 40-50lb braid with 50-60lb leader. I've been hearing about line backing, can someone explain the concept and if it's needed? Thanks in advance, Brendan