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California surf Perch setups let’s see em

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I’m not sure if there is topic on this already . but I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone uses for perch in the surf on the west coast . Whether it’s a solid grip , split grip , custom or factory run rod pre built , reels . this should be interesting. I’ll start first I have two surf perch setups both built by @BRossi

he did and does incredible work and has built many rods for me .


Ultra light setup 

custom century demon 7’10 1/32-1.25oz

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Light setup 

custom century weapon 9’6 1/2-2oz 

diawa certate LT 2500 XH with 20#braid

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My go-to surf rig (also in my avatar) is a G-Loomis STR1263C with a Curado 100D and 8# mono.  I like to fish sand crabs with a 1 ounce weight.  Not as many perch in my neighborhood as I'd like, but June through September it is game-on for yellowfin croaker and corbina.

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Hi Johnathan---

 

A couple of absolutely beautiful perch and schoolie setups you've got there.  I'm afraid my outfits aren't quite as contemporary as yours.

 

Rods:

 

40 yr. old 8.5 ft.Kunnan medium steelhead rod.  No lure wt rating just 8-20 lb line rating.

 

9ft. Cabelas Fish Eagle 50 steelhead rod over rated at 1/2-2 oz.  Absolutely hate the guide layout on this thing.  Will remedy that this next week or so.

 

Reel:

 

35 yr old Zebco/Quantum E7-2  loaded with 6 lb. Sufix Performance braid.

 

When March rolls around I'll likely be tossing a 10ft. 6in.Daiwa Lateo pIrates 106M rated 10-40 grams or .35-1.41 oz. with a Stradic 4000 FI loaded with 6 lb. Sufix Performance braid for tossing small flukes fished Carolina style.

 

I absolutely love the casting performance and sensitivity of 6 lb. braid. With well tied knots, well broken in 6 lb. Performance braid will have a knot break strength of 9-10 lb. Good enough for schoolies.  When new, 11 and occasionally 12. 

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Go to surf rig is Okuma Rockaway SP medium and a Daiwa ss 1300 w/ 20 lb braid. Tied to the end of my braid is tactical angler clip so I can use the LC 110 or the 8 lb mono one hook gangion rig with an oz or less depending on conditions 

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On 2/18/2022 at 10:23 AM, Hokahey said:

Light setup 

custom century weapon 9’6 1/2-2oz 

diawa certate LT 2500 XH with 20#braid

 

 How much does the Century Weapon weigh? I'm curious how much lighter graphene rods are.

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10 hours ago, Draekon said:

 How much does the Century Weapon weigh? I'm curious how much lighter graphene rods are.

Total weight is 8 oz I didn’t  go with titanium guides on this one but I’m sure if you did it would be even lighter 

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20 hours ago, bass11 said:

Incredible!!!  Since the reel weighs 6.4 oz.,  that leaves 1.6 oz for the rod & line.  Yowza!

My 7' 10"  Century Demon combined with Daiwa Fuego 1000 full of 10# braid, mono leader, swivel & hook (no sinker)  totals 10.5 oz

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I'm primarily a fly guy, so my spin rig is nuthin fancy but I've been using this setup for years and I love how sensitive and fun it is when you get nibbles and you hook up on any perch from 10-15". I use a 10' ultralite Riversider steelhead rod (rated for 2-8# test) with a $15 Daiwa 2500 reel, 20# braid. I had a $100 Penn reel one time and it didn't last that much longer than the Daiwa... about a year or so. I fish almost daily and rinse/lube my gear religiously, but that amount of use is gonna ruin any spinning reel in the sand and salt, IMHO. 

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3 hours ago, Mike Fixter said:

My 7' 10"  Century Demon combined with Daiwa Fuego 1000 full of 10# braid, mono leader, swivel & hook (no sinker)  totals 10.5 oz

Must be one heckuva beefy swivel yer using there.:howdy:  Just kiddin'.  Thanks for the info.

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St Croix Legend Elite, LES96LM2, 1/16-3/8oz, 4-8#, Light/Moderate, 5oz... Shimano Vanford 3000, 6.3oz... 6# Yozuri Hybrid Ultra-soft, Moss Green... Looking for a Vanford 2000 to put on this rod...

Butch

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On 2/21/2022 at 7:00 PM, Uncle Stu said:

I'm primarily a fly guy, so my spin rig is nuthin fancy but I've been using this setup for years and I love how sensitive and fun it is when you get nibbles and you hook up on any perch from 10-15". I use a 10' ultralite Riversider steelhead rod (rated for 2-8# test) with a $15 Daiwa 2500 reel, 20# braid. I had a $100 Penn reel one time and it didn't last that much longer than the Daiwa... about a year or so. I fish almost daily and rinse/lube my gear religiously, but that amount of use is gonna ruin any spinning reel in the sand and salt, IMHO. 

Not a Van Staal VR50.

That's what I'm going with. I beat my stuff up, dunk, drop in sand, etc.. VS is built for that.

I love not having to worry about it.

JD

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Anyone here use a Black Hole Suzuki?

I have an 8 1/2'  Suzuki II UL and a Suzuki 10'.

Only used them a couple times in SoCal. They are light and cast well. Not sure if I love them yet, the jury is still out. I think they may be a little slow & soft for me. Not sure yet, ned to get some more use.

JD

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