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Surf Rod Recommendation

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Have not purchased a new surf rod in several years but gonna break down and get one this spring. Looking for a spinner for general light plugging .... swimmers, needles, poppers, bombers ...... 3/4 oz to maybe 2 1/2 oz. Need a two piece as I will be traveling with the rod. Not where I can try anything so I will be ordering blind. Cost, within reason, is not a huge consideration. Considering a few lamiglass models ... arra 1203-2, 1205-2 AND 1321-2. Of these I would likely pick the 1203-2 but would really appreciate some imput. Also thought about the super surf SS9MS. Again would really appreciate any input.

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Hello! If you want something somewhat on the "cheaper side" I'd recommend St. Croix's, starting with the triumph series (cheapest) to the avids(expensive). They're all very well built rods, I have a 9' triumph and love it. If you want to shell out big bucks, they make the legend surf series ($300-450ish) but I've never tried them.

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I myself would by a 1-4oz,that covers all your weights with out over load it 2 1/2 to 3 1/4,I think would be the sweet spot, for pluging and slinging eels

just my 2cent worth....g-l on your surch....Jim

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1084 2 ...great for the plugs you mentioned. Sluggos & eels too. I fish bombers a lot & it does the job very well.

 

Been a while since I bought mine but Im guessing you can get one new for around 2 bills...rated 1-4.

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st croix triumph,10 ft 2 piece will do what you want . no chunking. some small baits and weight 3 0z. sweet rod for the money not much in that class and a 5 year warranty . i have for 3 years and perfect . i dont fish everyday but quite a bit so it is used

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I think the Arra 1084-2 is a good suggestion.

 

If you want to hold the price down a bit look at the Tsunami Airwave and Tica Dolphin and St. Croix Triumph 9 footers. All nice little plugging sticks around 100 bucks.

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I find the ratings on most rods to be hit or miss. Don't forget that the marketing department at most rod manufacturers gets a say in those ratings. If you rated a rod from 2-2.5oz it probably wouldn't sell the best, even if that was the truth.

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View PostI find the ratings on most rods to be hit or miss. Don't forget that the marketing department at most rod manufacturers gets a say in those ratings. If you rated a rod from 2-2.5oz it probably wouldn't sell the best, even if that was the truth.

 

 

This has certainly been my experience. That is why I was looking for feedback from those who had actually used the rods. I would like nothing better than to give them all a try before deciding but that is not in the cards. Again, thanks for the help.

Tom

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G.Loomis SUR1264S Surf Rod

 

I have one and love it.10 6 light as a feather.Can toss lures in your range to the moon.1/2 to 3 it's rated for.Great rod and probably the last you'll ever need unless you believe the hype and need the new stuff.If it breaks for any reason 50 bucks and a new one is on the way.Black Matte so it's not high maintenance and shiny.If your looking for a shorter rod I had a 1084 arra and it was nice for the light stuff but the 1-4 ratings were a bit off on the high end.I'd almost give it a 3/4 to 2 3/4.Good luck on your search and be sure to let us know your decision.If your only looking to spend a hundred bucks I'd go with the Tsunami Airwave 9fter.I had one and loved it also.The ratings on that rod were true for me.

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View Postst croix triumph,10 ft 2 piece will do what you want . no chunking. some small baits and weight 3 0z. sweet rod for the money not much in that class and a 5 year warranty . i have for 3 years and perfect . i dont fish everyday but quite a bit so it is used

 

 

Another vote for St Croix. I have a 10" Premier casting (3/4 to 4 oz). It is my go to rod.

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View PostAnother vote for St Croix. I have a 10" Premier casting (3/4 to 4 oz). It is my go to rod.

 

Another vote for St Croix, I have the 8'6" and 10' Premier Spin - great rods.

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