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Old 07-08-2009, 09:16 PM
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Hello all, new to the forum. It's been years since I fished in salt water. I.E. my Dawia fiberglass surf rod is marked made in U.S.A. it's been that long. I'm going to have a lot of Q's for the board. I'll post if I think it might help but will try to keep my foot out of my mouth. Most of my fishing will be in Seaside Park, Hts. and IBSP NJ.

I have an Okuma Epixor 45a paired with a 7 1/2' Tsunami rod. I have 15 lb braid on the aluminum spool. Would you use the 2nd graphite spool in salt water or should I just keep it for fresh water? Can I put braid on this spool or should I stick with mono?

Is the Avenger series better than the Epixor series?

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Old 07-08-2009, 11:02 PM
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Where you're fishing you often have to make some fairly long casts to reach the fish - you'll never do it with a little 7 1/2 footer.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:09 AM
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Sudsy,

Thanks for the reply. Last fall every time I went out they were on small baits right in the wash. On every cast I was foul hooking 2-3" sand eels,small calico crabs and sand flees. there was no use for long casts and large lures on those days.
That's only one of seven rods I have from 7' to 9', 5 graphites and 2 fiberglass. This rod will be used for light lures I.E. 5" mambo minnows 7" or smaller hogys or sluggo's etc.. in surf and also in the bay. I also have 4 complete fly rod sets ready to go but need to learn to read a beach before I try flies.
This is the only reel I own that came with a graphite spool as the extra spool. Again would you use the graphite spool in the salt or save it for fresh water and would you spool it with 12 lb braid?

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:36 PM
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I would use mono on the graphite spool, and IMO, the Epixor is a much better reel than the Avenger.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:29 PM
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Welcome, lots great of info here!
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Gotcha.
As a summertime/fall schoolie rig for smaller fish it could be a fun setup.

When the big girls are around, like they were this spring, that setup will have a life expectancy of about 10 minutes.
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