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ltruong110 posted a topic in Main ForumHello All, I wanted to try to give back what knowledge that I have gathered here. I figured I could help out some of the new surf fisher(wo)mens. I have been building my surf gear setup slowly for a while now and wanted to share the information that I have learned. This information is to point people in a direction for them to start since I see a lot of "I am new what should I start with?" The information is geared more towards spinning setups. Majority of the prices are from one of our sponsor. Again it is just information I have gathered and like to share. If you would like to get the same product for cheaper check this link: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/forum/11-buyselltrade-forums/. If there are any question or more information you would like to know, for example: what is better product A vs product B, try this link:(Must Be Logged In For Link to Work) http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/index.php?app=core&module=search&search_in=forums. Thanks again SOL for always being helpful. Some Gear to think about. The links found below next to the items are Stripers Online Amazon Affiliate links. Auto Personal Flotation Device(PFD):(First on the list because it is usually overlooked. Things happen be safe) Onyx variety http://amzn.to/2vleCzp Mustang variety http://amzn.to/2hIcvSR Bass Pro Cabelas West Marine Spinning Rod 9' - 11 Entry Level "Budget Friendly" $50-$80 Penn Squadron II http://amzn.to/2vlIQC4 $20-$40 Okuma Tundra http://amzn.to/2viwufZ $20-$40 Daiwa Beefstick http://amzn.to/2vD0kNe Entry Level "Performance": $140 - $180 St. Croix Triumph http://amzn.to/2wsODWD $150 - $170 Daiwa Coastal Salt Pro http://amzn.to/2vl4re1 $70 - $100 Penn Prevail http://amzn.to/2hIjefJ $120 - $160 Tsunami Air Wave http://amzn.to/2vleijW $60 - $235 Tica Surf http://amzn.to/2wGPemW $120 - $140 Daiwa Emblem http://amzn.to/2fsMDtM $90-$160 Penn Battalion http://amzn.to/2wt47dd $145-$180 Lamiglas Insane Surf http://amzn.to/2vO2kCE Shimano ??? coming soon $300 Shimano Tiralejo http://amzn.to/2ft0ccG $200 - $290 St. Croix Mojo http://amzn.to/2hJgsqL $175 - $230 TFO GIS Surf Rod http://amzn.to/2vDIA45 $150-$190 Tsunami Airwave elite http://amzn.to/2hIAmlE $245-$330 Lamiglas Surf and Jetty http://amzn.to/2fs21Xh Deep Pocket Ballers: $310 - $390 St. Croix Avid http://amzn.to/2wstCvk $410 - $680 St. Croix Legend http://amzn.to/2vDzfcz $550 - $590 CTS Vapor Trail $360 - $420 Lamiglas Inifinity http://amzn.to/2wGAWTq $424 - $539 Century Surf Rods http://amzn.to/2uoaTUw Black Hole Cape Cod surf Daiwa Saltiga ballistic (coming soon) Cheapo Rod Shoot Out http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/7427-shoot-out-of-the-el-cheapo-surf-rods/?hl=cheapo Mid Price Rod Shoot Out http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/597976-mid-priced-surf-rod-shoot-out/ Spinning Reels: Entry Level and Mid Range: $75-$105 Daiwa BG (new version) http://amzn.to/2vNZjlW $80-$120 Fin-Nor Lethal http://amzn.to/2fs6FEB $100 Tsunami Shield http://amzn.to/2visfkx $100- Shimano Nasci http://amzn.to/2vDW3ZA $75 - $130 Penn Battle II http://amzn.to/2vkWsOb $115 - $200 Penn SSV http://amzn.to/2vE9rgm $120-$280 Penn Clash http://amzn.to/2hJtjcv $240 - $280 Shimano Saragosa SW http://amzn.to/2vkRPU5 $190 - $230 Quantom Cabo 50 http://amzn.to/2fsj23w $190 - $360 Penn Slammer 3 http://amzn.to/2wsUvzi $200 - $220 Shimano Spheros SW http://amzn.to/2hJhcMz $240 - $280 Shimano Aero Albrid CI4 http://amzn.to/2fsiVFj $220 - $250 Daiwa Saltist http://amzn.to/2vD5E30 Deep Pocket Ballers: $700 - $900 Van Staal http://amzn.to/2wsfoul $860 - $1028 Zeebaas $900 - $1,260 Shimano Stella http://amzn.to/2wGBNU8 $1,011 - $1,300 Daiwa Saltiga http://amzn.to/2hJhXoT $660 - $680 Penn Torque http://amzn.to/2vibiGQ Lines 30# w/ 300yrds: Braid: $17-$40 Daiwa J Braid http://amzn.to/2hI1QaW $41 Suffix 832 http://amzn.to/2hJ49dI $29 Power Pro Spectra Fiber http://amzn.to/2vlrwxr $31 Power Pro Super 8 Slick http://amzn.to/2wsJZIm $27 Spiderwire Stealth http://amzn.to/2vlcWWs $ranges Daiwa Samurai Braid http://amzn.to/2wGx6JS $41 Spiderwire Ultracast Invisi http://amzn.to/2wsFGgk $38 Berkely Trilene http://amzn.to/2wGxzMo $35 Berkley fireline http://amzn.to/2hJiBCJ Leader material: Monofilament (when bluefish are around don't be afraid to use 80lb or 100lb test) Suffix Superior http://amzn.to/2vEd8Td Ande http://amzn.to/2vlzdUc Triple Fish http://amzn.to/2vDZLm9 Terminal tackle for bait fishing Hooks for fishing bait (for chunking bunker size 8/0 to 10/0 is recommended) (for clams 5/0 - 8/0) Gamakatsu Octopus J hook and Circle hooks (Do not ram a hookset if you use circle hooks) http://amzn.to/2fsyInc Swivels: Since you are using a slide to hold your weight. Use a larger size over 130lbs or larger Spro Power swivels http://amzn.to/2vhPsTI Tsunami swivels http://amzn.to/2vO9fLU Fishfinder rig weight slides http://amzn.to/2vleekp Lures: Good lures to start with: SP Minnow http://amzn.to/2vDNuhD Bucktails (check out the commercial Buy sell trade forum ) http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/forum/55-commercial-bst-forum/ Bombers http://amzn.to/2vlolWc Yo zuri mag minnow http://amzn.to/2viAkFJ Yozuri mag darter 5" and new 6 1/2" http://amzn.to/2hIFJkD Swim Shad / Swim Baits Tsunami shad standard http://amzn.to/2hIDm1d Tsunami shad heavy http://amzn.to/2hImPKL Storm wildeye shad http://amzn.to/2uFyif7 Tins, spoons, various metal lures Ava Jig http://amzn.to/2vll9tJ Luhr Jensen Krocodile (beware copies) http://amzn.to/2vicCcM Deadly dick http://amzn.to/2uFqNoE Kastmaster XL (deadly dick with vmc hook) http://amzn.to/2uF5hAh T-hex Pt. Jude Big Fischer Pencil Super Strike Darter Poppers Loaded Redfin Slug-Go Super Strike Needle Loaded Cotton Cordell Polarise Popper Bill Hurley Sand Eel Teasers Good Link to look at: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/488651-how-many-plugs-do-i-really-need-to-carry/ Essential Plugs http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/558339-essential-plugs-for-a-beginner-surfcaster/?hl=beginner Belt: Tide Runner Uncle mikes tactical (great value) http://amzn.to/2wt8aXk Mak Van Staal Aquaskinz Police Duty Belt Gear-Up Flatlander Ammo Belts Rockhopper Black Hawk Surf Belt Setup!: http://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/375545-surf-belt-photos/page-27 Surf Bag: Gear-Up Mak Shimano Blue Wave Commando Aquaskinz WFO Trek Pack Pliers: Sargent Sportsmate (best/ strongest gripping plier, can cut hooks and braid RUST RESISTANT) P-line Aluminum VS Titanium Pliers Mustad Manley Shimano Blue Water Dr. Slick Barracuda Lews Aluminum Pliers Lip Grip: Boga Grip http://amzn.to/2wGXxiS Knockoff boga style http://amzn.to/2vl1QAT United Plastics Fish Grip http://amzn.to/2uFzSxM Waders: LLBean Simms Pro-Line Orvis Snowbee Stocking foot wading Boots: (beware of boa lacing systems...sand can cause them to freeze/ lock up and metla laces would need to be cut) Korkers Simms Neoprene socks to be worn with wading boots without waders (wet wading) Simms http://amzn.to/2vkJgJ7 Outer Shell: Stormr (various) http://amzn.to/2wt8YeO Gill Pro Dinghy http://amzn.to/2uF2Rlb Grunden http://amzn.to/2vik9Zb Aquaskinz Phantom http://amzn.to/2hJoiQP Guy Cotton Dry Top Kokatat http://amzn.to/2vidBty Orvis Clearwater jacket http://amzn.to/2wsP9Ei Knives: Wenoka Squeeze lock blunt tip http://amzn.to/2hJc2A9 Spyderco Salt Series H1 rust proof steel http://amzn.to/2wsSQKj Morakniv http://amzn.to/2wsT04n Head Lamps: BE RESPONSIBLE AND RESPECT OTHERS !!! DON"T SHINE YOUR LIGHT DIRECTLY AT OTHER FISHERMEN. AND DO NOT SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THE WATER YOU ARE SHARING WITH OTHER FISHERMEN. INTENSE BRIGHT LED LIGHTS WILL BLIND OTHERS AND MANY BELIEVE SPOOK FISH It's best to use use a light that has a memory setting. Meaning. If you are using the red or green light function. You don't have to cycle through the other functions to turn it off or back on to a non white light. Red and green will preserve your night vision. Princeton Vizz http://amzn.to/2hJcH4B Princeton tec remix http://amzn.to/2vhHJVI Energizer http://amzn.to/2vO2pWK Petzl PIXA 3 http://amzn.to/2vlgHvf Nitecore HC90 http://amzn.to/2viyDIn Waterproof 1 lumen glow to 900 lumen flood beam, dimmable with slider switch. Lithium ion batteries, Red green blue white light, waterproof, rechargeable Fenix http://amzn.to/2vlvwxX Belt Rod Holder: (This way you free your hands) Modified PVC Pipe HPA Rod Holster Hammer Holder Books to Read: The art of surfcasting by Zeno Hromin http://amzn.to/2hJudFx Striper Surf by Frank Daignault http://amzn.to/2vEaM74 Fishing the Bucktail by John Skinner http://amzn.to/2ft1KmH Striper Pursuit: Surf Fishing Beyond the basics http://amzn.to/2vDht9o Night Tides by Micheal G Cinquemani http://amzn.to/2fs5Ifj Here is a link from my google docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F_gcrJihElkCxwjdgeSWHqcIxg7fqCtIVqRmmQoYLis/edit?usp=sharing I know this is a lot of information but I hope it helps! Tight Lines!