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So I have some Tax return money and considering treating myself. I currently have a pair of Carolina Cast Pro 13' 3-6 Gen1 paired with a true Surfcasting distance reels, Shimano Power Aero 14000. I know you can target Pompano with a broomstick but I love a light set-up for a swift cast and to enjoy the fight. Below are my key points. I would love opinions from rod builders or from actual experience on the rods/blanks to be recommended. -Thank you! Rod weight: I want a rod that is 15 oz max, fully built. It will be on a spike after the cast but I love light equipment for a sweet cast. Sweet spot for casting: Will cast 3-4 oz sinkers plus small bait (sandfleas/shrimp on double dropper rig). Reel: Considering a 9-10 oz reel. Daiwa Certate LT or a Shimano Stradic in 4000 size to keep the set-up light and strong Rod action: I like how my cast pro rods load, very easy and they are not stiff. As a comparison I had the Tiralejo 12' 2-6 and I did not like it, it was too stiff and I felt a recoil down my shoulder when putting some power on the cast. Targets: Will target Florida Pompano and whiting (max 5 lbs) 90% of the time but sometimes you hook a fierce Permit or Drum (8-20 lbs) Looks: I like beautifully crafted equipment, the Legend Surf and the CTS Studio Vapor trail look gorgeous online... My experience level: I am no Pro but I have been surf fishing with my 13' rods for 3-4 years now, have had a casting lesson and can get my rods to load enough for my needs. I can get 120 yds and honestly that is the max I need in the beaches I frequent.
Carolina Cast Pro 13' 3-6oz Gen 1 This rod needs no intro as it is dollar for dollar one of the best distance rods in the US market. Designed by Casting champion Tommy Farmer. Used by serious Surf Fishermen as well as commercial Fishermen along the East Coast from NC down to FL. You will be able to reach the fish when they are far out without much effort. Powerful Carbon Blank Guide Layout is Universal, meaning a Spinning or Casting reel can be used. Fuji Deluxe Reel Seat Fuji BMNAG Guides Accurately rated to 3-6 oz Great sensitivity Rod has been used lightly for a couple of seasons, it is in excellent condition. Price: $214.99 + Shipping. (Rod is located in Vero Beach, FL) I ran shipping estimates and it should be around $30 to most US East Coast locations. Will be shipped in a PVC tube, 80 in long 4-5 in diameter, package weight is 6lb.
Shimano Tiralejo 12-ft 2-6 oz Spinning TRS120MHA Bought this rod on impulse but I don't really need it. I tested it a couple times so it is virtually new. I nicked the choker guide a little bit and had it immediately repaired by my local rod builder. This is a sweet rod ideal for Surf Fishing. Key facts: Located in Florida High end C4S-HM light carbon blank Fuji BKWAG Alconite guides DPS Fuji reel seat Casts a mile! Retails for $320 PRICE: $220 + Shipping Shipping: within the US only. Shipping within Florida is very reasonable using USPS. You can also try quoting shipping to your location, Rod shipping tube is 6 lb, 6 ft long, 6 inches diameter. Payment: via Paypal as the forum requires/suggests or cash if it is a face to face transaction. Will post pictures later in the day, but just imagine a new rod, I even have the tags and the original hard tube to pack and ship.
I'm heading down to Naples next week (early March) for my last spring break in college, before catching a full time job, with a few freshwater and two saltwater rods. My friends will be out while I'll be catching sand fleas in the surf to catch some small fish to use for bait or to eat (pompano). I then plan on using my saltwater rods to put some bait fish out beyond the surf to try my luck at some sharks in the evenings/night. For those of you that have fished the Naples area, any tips for someone form the north that's not as experienced in surf fishing? Is March a good time for sharks? Any good eating fish I can catch without a boat other than pompano? Are sand fleas good bait and any half of a fish good for sharks? Thanks for the help ahead of time!