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van staal or Penn torque for surf fishing

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I am having trouble deciding what to get. Any opinions based on only performance and maintenance. Please give me some feedback and what size reel would work best for an 11 and 9 foot pole ty for your help and input

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I have the Torque 5 and its a great reel.  The smallest size Torque, which is the 5, but not all that small either, should balance well with both rods.  I don't have a VS, but from reading that one thread on here, you can't go wrong with either reel and both will get the job done.  You will probably get a mixed review and recommendation for either reel so I think your best bet is to find a B&T which carries both reels, give'em a spin and pick which one you like more. 


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Ideal size VS for 9' would be 150 , 200/250 for the 11"

 

The PENN TRQ5 is about in the middle say size eq. to a VS175 ( if there was one that size) - so that would be a better fit IMO to cross between the 9'&11' surf rods for plugging..

 

I have both and both are ideal for surf plugging dry or wet with little or no maintenance required other then a quick freshwater spary after each use..

 

 

SteveG

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Ty for all ur feed back guys. How about smoothness of both?

 

Torque is vastly more smooth and less effort. It also has a faster retrieve which makes it a better overall reel for more surf fishing styles.

 

VS is a great reel, but if I wanted a reel to do more than slowly fish bucktails and Danny's I would go Torque.

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the VS is so cool tho... cool matters at a certain price imo. i spent 100 bucks making the wires on my computer match a theme color as well as look nice.... it matters lol.


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Originally Posted by gr33n View Post

 

the VS is so cool tho... cool matters at a certain price imo. i spent 100 bucks making the wires on my computer match a theme color as well as look nice.... it matters lol.





You use a reel to fish not to have a cool reel. i Do think know what you're talking about. Its the cup on the VS that makes it look cool instead of the bail arm i prefer the cup.


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Originally Posted by PENN King View Post

 

You use a reel to fish not to have a cool reel. i Do think know what you're talking about. Its the cup on the VS that makes it look cool instead of the bail arm i prefer the cup.





yes yes but being cool is just as important. also i believe the torque is further away from the rod yes? doesnt that make snagging the line with your finger a tad harder. to each his own at the end of the day because lets be honest, people catch BIG fish on crappy setups all the time (crappy compared to 500+ for the reel alone)


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