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Help w/light distance surf setup please?

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Hey folks,

I have a 12’ Shimano heavy long cast rod & reel set up. It launches heavy aerodynamic lures beyond the breakers.

Now I’m looking to assemble a budget light surf setup to cast 1/2 to 11/2 w/ sweet spot at about 3/4 - 1 1/4.

It’ll have 10 - 16lb braid.

I have Fenwick Silver Hawk 9’ MH 1 - 1 1/2 oz lures, line 10-20, model 10G16BK. I believe it’s a salmon rod but it’s pretty nice.

I was considering combining that w/ a Penn Conflict long cast 4000.

Does this sound like it’ll fit my needs?

I’m also open to any other suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

JD

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I'm an ignorant newbie... But have input. 

 

I nearly gave up on surf fishing altogether before realizing my rod was outside "my rating" at 1-6 oz. 

 

I got a 9ft, 3/4 - 3oz Penn PrevaiI for $69(?) and it casts a 1.5oz Carolina rig very well (based on counting cranks during retrieve, about 75 yards).... Toss out a wee 1/2oz Kastmaster and it "feels" like i'm throwing a wiffle ball. There is no feedback if i'm not watching the actual flight path. 

Casting a 3/4oz Kastmaster does indeed provide a tactile feedback as to distance/when it hits water. 

 

I then got a 7ft Ugly Stik ($39?) "Striper rod" for 3/8 - 1oz and it tosses a 1/2oz Carolina rig for a high-percentile-distance versus the former! 

 

That's all i've got to offer... 

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I think I have that same fenwick from Cabelas. I have it paired with a 4000 sized Shimano and it throws metal and jigs terrific. I think you have a great combo there. 

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9 hours ago, jjdbike said:

Hey folks,

I have a 12’ Shimano heavy long cast rod & reel set up. It launches heavy aerodynamic lures beyond the breakers.

Now I’m looking to assemble a budget light surf setup to cast 1/2 to 11/2 w/ sweet spot at about 3/4 - 1 1/4.

It’ll have 10 - 16lb braid.

I have Fenwick Silver Hawk 9’ MH 1 - 1 1/2 oz lures, line 10-20, model 10G16BK. I believe it’s a salmon rod but it’s pretty nice.

I was considering combining that w/ a Penn Conflict long cast 4000.

Does this sound like it’ll fit my needs?

I’m also open to any other suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

JD

For a surf setup the Airwave elite 8’8” is a rod to strongly consider. IMO I would consider going for the 5000 size in that reel too. It’s not exactly budget but it is worth the extra $. This is a very capable light surf setup.

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So based upon what I've read here, I've been talked out of Salmon / Steelhead rods.

I like the specs on the Okuma Roackaway 10' & the Suzuki 10'. I posted this in a new thread. Looking for expereinces with and comparasons of these two rods in new thread please.

Thanks everyone!

JD

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Tsnunami Airwave Elite 9'6" - I have a Penn Conflict 4000 with 30lb braid and it balances very nicely with that rod.  The 5000 has the same frame as the 6000 but with a smaller spool.  In my opinion the 4000 is a better choice.  I also use a Daiwa BG3000 as well and it feels good on the rod.  That is my main set up for throwing metal for blues.

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I have the 9.5’ Airwave Elite as well, paired with a Saragosa 5000 and it works well. 

 

You might want to check out the Blackhole Suzuki Specials, I have the 10’ and it is both light and strong, especially when paired with the smaller Slammer III. The shorter rod (9’?) is rated a bit higher. Plenty of discussion on those two rods on SOL. 

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Thanks,

I went w/ 10’ Suzuki w/ Penn Conflict 2 Long Cast 4000, spooled w/ 10 lb Power Pro Super Slick V2.

Should cast a 1oz deadly dick, epoxy jig or small Crippled Herring to fish breaking beyond the bar. 

JD

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I just got a 9' Triumph Surf w/ a Penn Slammer III 4500 (20 lb J-Braid) and although it's a faster action rod than the Airwaves, I still think it casts light lures exceptionally well. I think that just over 1 oz is right around it's sweet spot. I tossed 3/8 oz jigheads + 4" swimming mullets, 1/2 oz bucktails, a 3/4 oz hopkins shorty, 1 1/4 oz hydro minnows, a 1 1/2 oz hopkins shorty, and 5" swim shads with it last night while testing it. I think that right around 2 oz and up it would start to get a little bit sloppy but I didn't get to test that end yesterday. I was really looking for a rod to cast ~1 oz really well and I am glad with this choice. I was a little upset because I was wondering how light I can go and left my pack of 1/4 oz jig heads and 4" Zoom Flukes at home. That'll be a test for a different day.

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Here's the outfit.

Penn Conflict 2 long cast 4000, Black Hole Suzuki 10' surf rod, 300yds powerpro supper slick v2. 

Weighs in at 1 lb 6.6 oz. 

God willing, I'll give it a workout this weekend. Hopefully I can find someing to put a bend in it other than weeds (Moon and S wind, not a good combo).

I'll let ya know.

JD

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22 hours ago, jjdbike said:

Here's the outfit.

Penn Conflict 2 long cast 4000, Black Hole Suzuki 10' surf rod, 300yds powerpro supper slick v2. 

Weighs in at 1 lb 6.6 oz. 

God willing, I'll give it a workout this weekend. Hopefully I can find someing to put a bend in it other than weeds (Moon and S wind, not a good combo).

I'll let ya know.

JD

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Let us know how that Conflict 2 LC does :th:

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