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Conventional Surf Gear

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How many of you use Conventional Tackle to fish the surf. I use Spin gear but I an thinking of giving conventional level wind gear a shot, I have reels and I would think you can get more distance with it than spin gear. Just curious as to why you do not see much of being used anymore.

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13 mins ago, stripercrazy said:

I use conv for really big plugs or jigs eels if you’ve ever pencil popped for a few hrs with a conv you’ll know what I mean lol it’s more work

Agree...I use conventional for swimming plugs and jigs...spinning for topwater.

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Some people can get more distance with conventional. I'm absolutely not one of them. Keep that stuff on the boat and away from me.

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My analogy would be to look at it more like a set of golf clubs. You need certain clubs for certain shots just like you need certain setups for certain types of fishing. It's not say that you can't use a driver to putt with but it's a lot easier with a putter. Plus it makes owning a **** ton of rods justifiable.

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The newer level winds are really nice and cast much easier than old school stuff.  Daiwa's T-Wing system is a great improvement.

I had an older US model Pen 525 mag which I loved but needed to get rid of it for a right hand reel.  The 525 could cast pretty far but was unforgiving if you got distracted either casting or thumbing.   

The reel I was looking for was something I could use part time and didn't need to become an expert in. 

This year, with some advice from an NJ member, I picked up a Daiwa Coastal TW.  Great real, easy to cast and very forgiving.  I've only had about 30 mins on it but so far, I am tossing a 3/4 oz epoxy with some great distance.  I just like to switch it up sometimes and cast straight line instead of coils.

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18 hours ago, Dreamland said:

The newer level winds are really nice and cast much easier than old school stuff.  Daiwa's T-Wing system is a great improvement.

I had an older US model Pen 525 mag which I loved but needed to get rid of it for a right hand reel.  The 525 could cast pretty far but was unforgiving if you got distracted either casting or thumbing.   

The reel I was looking for was something I could use part time and didn't need to become an expert in. 

This year, with some advice from an NJ member, I picked up a Daiwa Coastal TW.  Great real, easy to cast and very forgiving.  I've only had about 30 mins on it but so far, I am tossing a 3/4 oz epoxy with some great distance.  I just like to switch it up sometimes and cast straight line instead of coils.

The t-wing is something that I keep looking at.

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3 hours ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

The t-wing is something that I keep looking at.

It is a smoother cast with the wide exit instead of an eyelet  Plus the external centrifugal control makes it much easier to change lures fast.  It's only a 200 size with 15 lbs of drag, but with the right pole it can handle most of what I fish for.  Conventional will never replace or be my go to over spin gear, but it travels in the car with it.

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I learned not to use levelwinds on a splashy breachway or jetty, or even the beach on a windy day. Tiny grains of sand will find the grooves in your wormgear and the world will grind to a stop as your plug disappears because all your line has piled up on one side of the spool. Pencil poppers are a bitch with a thumb leveler though.

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