Re: what rod and reel combo
Sounds good to me. I have actually used a 9 footer with that same reel for throwing bait on the beach and the jetties. Served me very well as I remember. The 11 footer is a bit much I think, I used to use a 10 foot Ugly from the beach and though it may not sound like it, it gets heavy after a while. I was more comfortable using the 9. But you will see what works best for you once you actually start using them.
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