Jubert93

Cape Cod Canal setup questions! advice?

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Hello SOL! I am relatively new to the forums, but loving it so far.
I live in central Connecticut and have been wanting to make the 2.5hr drive to the canal. I was all but ready, until I ran into some local fisherman and started talking. I did some research online and wanted to know your opinions on this.
I have never been to canal. 
I currently own a Van Staal VSX 150 with 30# braid with a 9' ODM D.N.A. rod. I love the way this casts lures in 1.25-1.50 oz range. 
I also have a more budget reel, Penn Spinfisher VI 5500.

I want to introduce my brother to striper fishing so I wanted him to go.
1) Is my VSX150 going to be good enough or will I need to get a 250? The fisherman I spoke to told me hes been spooled out before from hooking a big fish in the strong currents (but he wasn't specifically using the vsx150, but a similarly sized reel).
2) Both of the fisherman I spoke to recently stated I was going to need a rod that can launch 2-6 oz lures (again due to current). 4-5oz jigs or 3-6oz topwater lures.
3) I assume I don't need a long rod (10' max) since distance isn't the issue as much as a study heavy rod. What do you guys think of this?

4) Any additional information is greatly appreciated. Lure of choice? SP minnow, plugs, etc...

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They guided you in the right direction as for a setup. Do yourself a favor and grab some sebile magic swimmers for lures and for topwater grab something you can get distance with

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4 mins ago, pl978 said:

They guided you in the right direction as for a setup. Do yourself a favor and grab some sebile magic swimmers for lures and for topwater grab something you can get distance with

I just watched a video on a guy who swears by the sebile magic swimmers 4oz. Thank you!
Regarding the magic swimmers, apparently they cast like trash, so I assume a longer rod would help for that? 11' footer?
For top water lures, what oz would you recommend? 3-4?
 

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7 mins ago, Jubert93 said:

I just watched a video on a guy who swears by the sebile magic swimmers 4oz. Thank you!
Regarding the magic swimmers, apparently they cast like trash, so I assume a longer rod would help for that? 11' footer?
For top water lures, what oz would you recommend? 3-4?
 

I prefer a 11ft rod but 10ft works just fine. I always throw topwater around 3oz

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Why spend 5 hours of driving time going to the canal when you’re already near the CT River? There’s probably more and bigger fish in the river than the canal right now. 

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1 hour ago, Jubert93 said:

I just watched a video on a guy who swears by the sebile magic swimmers 4oz. Thank you!
Regarding the magic swimmers, apparently they cast like trash, so I assume a longer rod would help for that? 11' footer?
For top water lures, what oz would you recommend? 3-4?
 

An 11 ft rod can really cast but so many peps fishing the ditch that good casting spots not always easy to find.. A 10 ft rod makes things easier casting wise......especially down the east end.

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I would stay away from fishing VS reels at the ditch. Diawa and Shimano offer some way better choices at a fraction of the cost.

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1 hour ago, Vaporizor said:

Welcome to the group....here are a few items you might consider , just some ppe ya know

You forgot the go pro mount for the ballistic hemet. How else ya gonna get internet famous?

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3 hours ago, Jubert93 said:

Hello SOL! I am relatively new to the forums, but loving it so far.
I live in central Connecticut and have been wanting to make the 2.5hr drive to the canal. I was all but ready, until I ran into some local fisherman and started talking. I did some research online and wanted to know your opinions on this.
I have never been to canal. 
I currently own a Van Staal VSX 150 with 30# braid with a 9' ODM D.N.A. rod. I love the way this casts lures in 1.25-1.50 oz range. 
I also have a more budget reel, Penn Spinfisher VI 5500.

I want to introduce my brother to striper fishing so I wanted him to go.
1) Is my VSX150 going to be good enough or will I need to get a 250? The fisherman I spoke to told me hes been spooled out before from hooking a big fish in the strong currents (but he wasn't specifically using the vsx150, but a similarly sized reel).
2) Both of the fisherman I spoke to recently stated I was going to need a rod that can launch 2-6 oz lures (again due to current). 4-5oz jigs or 3-6oz topwater lures.
3) I assume I don't need a long rod (10' max) since distance isn't the issue as much as a study heavy rod. What do you guys think of this?

4) Any additional information is greatly appreciated. Lure of choice? SP minnow, plugs, etc...

It's a pity that there are no guides legally authorized to operate along the shore of the CCC.  Nothing informs any novice better than knowledgeable local help.

 

Go a couple of times with what you've got, and see how it copes. The rod sounds light, but don't spend money until you need to (not that I ever took my advice when I was younger and exciteable ...)

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3 mins ago, BrianBM said:

It's a pity that there are no guides legally authorized to operate along the shore of the CCC.  Nothing informs any novice better than knowledgeable local help.

 

Go a couple of times with what you've got, and see how it copes. The rod sounds light, but don't spend money until you need to (not that I ever took my advice when I was younger and exciteable ...)

I do see your point but going up to the drive to find out my gear is too weak would also be a terrible feeling. I could skip a bigger but want to make sure I have a proper rod that cqncast decently and handle a big fish if that happens. I'd hate myself if I use my lighter rod and it snapped on me. 

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OK.  There is a consensus here that a 10' rod will let you perch in a few more places than a longer rod, so that's the way to go. As for specific rods, I will defer to the regulars here.

 

Do not attempt to pick up any eel that's in a coil, and rattling.

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I was down there today,  no fish,  dudes with fill battle rattle 3 rods on bikes really to go, with barely a fish in sight. Just sipping my coffee,  kinda amazed.  

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