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Old 07-15-2008, 06:14 PM
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Default New surf rod

I am searching for a new surf rod. The one I have now is a custom glass 10' 1 piece. I have an Okuma Oryx attached to it. I am looking for a 2 piece graphite. Has anyone tried the new Okuma EVx rods? I would like something lightweight for plugging. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:52 PM
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Default Re: New surf rod

HI.
What range in weight are the plugs you going to toss?
I have a Lami SurfKing 10'SKMS that does well in the 2oz range.
I also use a Tica 10'er, The UEHA model, that'll throw 2-3 like a champ.
There are plenty out there. Try the search feature above.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:51 PM
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I usually throw 1-4 oz with 4 being few and far between. I failed to mention that I would like a spinning outfit.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:29 AM
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AFAW Estuary,,, one of the most excellent rods on the market in my opinion. It's 11', rated 1-3oz, but I've thrown 5 with it. Perfect tip action for pencil poppers, yet plenty of backbone as well.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:25 AM
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Default Re: New surf rod

I just finished building myself the AFAW estuary. Took it out for the first time yesterday....WOW !!! I usually throw Lami's but this stick is impressive. Casts a mile. We will see how it handles with larger fish..
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:04 AM
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...We will see how it handles with larger fish..
I've not had anything over 40lbs yet on mine, but if it can handle 30lb class fish in the ripping CC Canal current with ease, it should be able to handle a cow
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:59 AM
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Is this (AFAW Estuary)
a 1 or 2 piece rod?
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:26 AM
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It is a two piece. Available from Carolinacastpro.com
Blanks are $160.00, built rods are $230.00 for spinning, casting, or dual-rung (both spinning & casting). I have the factory built dual-rung rod... as I like to switch between conventional and spinning for different applications and don't always like to carry a second rod. Now I just toss the other reel in the bag and switch em out whenever I want.
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AFAW Estuary,,, one of the most excellent rods on the market in my opinion. It's 11', rated 1-3oz, but I've thrown 5 with it. Perfect tip action for pencil poppers, yet plenty of backbone as well.
i coulnt agree more. excellent rod.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:20 PM
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Lamiglas rods in either the triflex or the surf & jetty rods are excellent.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:54 PM
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How about a Tsunami air? 10ft
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:53 PM
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On the dual-rung rod
1st: It is only one set of guides correct?
2nd: Do you notice any loss of distance with spinning reel?
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:27 PM
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Yes,, one set of guides, optimized spacing and size for using either conventional or spinning.

Loss of distance with spinning? No, still casts plenty far.... sweet spot is around 2 3/4 oz I think.

I accidentally completely spooled my Cabo PT40 spinning reel this morning, right down to the arbor knot, casting a a 3 1/8 oz Gibbs Canal Special pencil popper. The Cabo 40 is spooled with about 10 yards of 20lb test Ande mono, and then topped off with 30lb test Fireline (approx 200 yards?), and a 15' shock leader. Last time I cast that pencil without a larger capacity reel......
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:51 PM
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I have an EVX I picked up for jigging the canal. It's a 9' heavy rated 3 - 8. The build quality seemed really good. It casted excellent and is light as a feather. I did get a good deal on it on fleabay, BUT it snapped on me when I was pulling out a snag. Mind you, I did not start fishing yesterday, and I did NOT put undue pressure on it. It has a lifetime warranty and I have it packed ready to send back, I will probably post about how it turns out. So is it a bad rod? I am hoping it was just a bad blank. It had been performing well. It came with a nice case as well. I know lamis have a great rep, but I paid less than 100 for a lifetime warranty. I loved it until it snapped.
Anyway..

My other rod is also awesome- Tsunami Airwave. 11' rated 2-5 I think, but is more like 1-4.
I am really really happy with this stick for plugging. It is super light with a great feel. Very versatile. Again, fleabay was the way as I think I ended up paying less than 80.00 for it with shipping (very good price). It s fairly parabolic, but not as parabolic as some of the lamis Ive seen. You can still work a pencil no problem. This Airwave covers almost all my fishing needs The evx will toss heavier jigs (and far), but isnt so hot with the 2 oz darter or 1 oz bucktail. If your plugging in that 1-3 oz range, the tsunami kicks ass. Ive been fishing it 2x week for the last couple months with no complaints.

Your budget and fishing style should dictate your choice. I'm sure there may be "better" rods out there (for more cash), but these are good choices IMO. Go to a decent tackle shop and pick up a few rods and see what feels right. Keep in mind that if you are going to be plugging for hours, you will want something light or it will just be a miserable experience. Good luck.
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