wasabi_VA

Casting rod length for Penn Battalion surf rod

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I'm taking a casting reel (Abu TC7000) to the beach this year for the first time and am planning to buy a new Penn Battalion. I'm used to using a very old 10' Ugly Stick surf spinning rod and will still have that with me this year running a Penn 704z. I'm trying to decide between the 10' and 11' MedHvy Battalion to go with the TC7000 casting reel.

 

I'm fishing flat, relatively calm beach. Certainly no breakers to cast over. Primarily fishing for various species of shark of 2' to 4' and sometimes I see others bring in something bigger. 2 to 4 ounces of weight is the norm.

 

Any real reasons to get one over the other?

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39 mins ago, wasabi_VA said:

hey now - no input?

if that is 2 piece rod,i would look for best price,if you use lot off weight it is harder work with longer rod,it depend on your condition if you are strong you can handle 11',if you are not strong you will handle 10' beter.

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I use the 11’ with a penn fathom 12 .. great rod for the money.. I only use to chunk sharks and rays .. love it for that very much .. not a broom stick but still got power .. with my fathom 12 it tosses 4-5oz and bunker chunk nicely , 6 and chunk at top end and I’m sure it could toss 3 not bad ..  landed 1000s of  browns to 100lbs and sand tigers tickling 300lbs with it .. fun rod to fish , if it broke I’d buy another for sure 

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Sweet pics! Where do you fish? So far none of the sharks we've landed have been as big as those but have seen pics of similar sized sharks others have landed where we fish. So it is good to know the rod has the backbone to handle them.

 

Do you fish for rays on purpose?

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2 mins ago, wasabi_VA said:

Sweet pics! Where do you fish? So far none of the sharks we've landed have been as big as those but have seen pics of similar sized sharks others have landed where we fish. So it is good to know the rod has the backbone to handle them.

 

Do you fish for rays on purpose?

No don’t fish rays on purpose lol .. but they are definitely a problem somedays and I ain’t leaving no rig in them if I can help it ..  and some of them ( bat rays ) fight better then any shark ..  I toss 50lbs braid and pull very hard on them never had an issue and the rod soft enough to keep them buttoned and still have the fight enjoiyabe  but with proper technique can end a fight in reasonable, safe for shark,  time .. did see one kid with a prob 100lbs plus shovel nose stubbornly pull his ass out trying to pry it off the bottom and snapped the rod right above the reel seet .. this was also a spinning rod though which stress  the rod way more down low then conventional... 

 

for the 100$ I paided for it , had more then met my expectations.. 

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