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Old 04-05-2005, 11:05 AM
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Rods??? LOL I use anything from an 8' Med action to a 15'. Never hit the surf without the 13's and 15's I like the extra casting distance I get from them, not to mention it keeps the line higher out of the water and out of the surf so you get less movement from the wash......Rod selection also depends, are you gonna be the guy that stands in waist deep water and holds the pole all day, or is it going in a sand spike? I've tried holding the 15' rod in the surf and it gets heavy after a while where a 10-11' won't be quite as bad. I do a little bit of everything, so I have a rod for each situation 2x8', 1x9', 1x10', 3x11', 1x13' and 2x15' Have fun, shopping can be a blast, but can turn out quite expensive.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:22 AM
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I use my 9' lami for just about all conditions and spots from the beach to the jettys. I will break out my 11' rod if the surf is rough or the wind is bad for allitle extra distance. I will also use my 11' if I am chunkin in the surf. It make it alittle easier to cast all of the weight but other then that my preference is my 9'er. I also found that once I switched to braided line my casting distance was greatly increased on my 9' rod which keeps me from needing the 11'er for the distance unless the conditions are really bad. Just my experience and as you have seen everyone has there own opinion on setups. Great buy on the okuma. Which model did you get and did you get the baitrunner feature on it. Check out the site www.stripersonline.com They have a online store that is selling lami's really cheap right now. If you find the model you want at the bait shop you might want to check out there price but I am not sure of there return policy and like I said before my local shop takes stuff back no questions asked. :D :twisted:
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:08 PM
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I'd say anything around 9' to 12' is more that sufficient...
I have 8'ers and one 11'er...the 8' are a little short but I like the fact I can handle it really well...I use the 11'er for those casts where you want it to fly to England...

I know Briggs has rods anywhere for 8' to 15'...so anything around there should work...

With surf rods are usually cheaper, unless you buy a really nice one...I picked up my 11'er (Daiwa) for $23 at a fishing Expo...so you don't have to spend a fortune...

The ones that seem popular are the Daiwa Eliminator or the Beefstick... :D
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:26 PM
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Hey....be nice to my 15 footer BB Comes in reeeeaaaal handy where i fish sometimes. you get those waves that when your on the beach, they are over your head, but my baby puts the line in the water right behind them MMmm MMmm Good


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Old 04-05-2005, 11:11 PM
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Yup, that is what I said, that 15' makes it really nice when those waves are big and you need to keep the line out of the wash
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:40 PM
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Okay guys, I've spent my money and it's time to get everything wet. I picked up a 10 foot Tsunami surf rod to go with the Okuma ST-50. It seems like a good balance. I went with PowerPro line, 40# that spools up like 12#. The line cost about a third as much as the pole!! Jeez, it better last awhile. Got a few Striper rigs with fish finders and a few weights and I'm ready to hook myself in the butt. I'm taking a ride to the Hook tomorrow just to see what's going on. Clams, right?
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:56 PM
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Sounds like you have everything in order Gary. That PowerPro will last awhile if you keep you eye on it.....for one thing, no matter what color you got it in, it will fade...Powerpro is made from a composite that does not hold dye very well, it will never change the integrity of the line. Also its reccommended that you not only check your line frequently for fraying, but to strip 10yds off before every trip....this i dont do, its just reccommended, hahaha. always check it out, if its too freyed, peel some off, end of story. At the end of the season, if you never really got spooled during the season, you can tie off to another reel that has no line, and reverse the powerpro onto that reel...now you have somewhat new line, or never been used anyway. Double tie all your knots with braid....and i think thats all i got to say about that.

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Old 04-07-2005, 08:40 AM
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Thats a good suggestion with the power pro. Stuff is pricey. Yea clams and blood worms early for me too.
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:27 PM
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Okay everyone, here's my fishing report for today. Went to Pebble Beach around 7:00 AM and threw clams until about 1:00PM. High tide was 7:30. There were probably a dozen guys fishing. The early hours were calm. Only two guys on the beach caught anything that I saw. The guy standing 20 paces from me caught three during the first 4 hours and then left for the day. He got two shorts and one that measured 31 inches. He released them all. My fishing partner and I got nothing.

But the rod and reel worked great and felt nice. And being outside fishing for the first time in a long time felt even better.

Thanks for the help guys. But how come nobody told me I'd need waders to get to the surf. Had to take off the shoes and socks and trudge through the calf deep swamp! But it was better than working.
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Old 04-07-2005, 06:33 PM
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Hey Gary....by the way, you'll be needing some waders my friend

some guys in the summer resort to no shoes and shorts. My self, we have Bluecrabs that like to hide in the sand sometimes, you only get bit by them once and you better hope that where he bites ya, is some tough a** skin.

Good report and better luck next time Gary, but you had one thing right, you went fishing.

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Old 04-08-2005, 01:41 AM
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Old 04-08-2005, 11:00 AM
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Sounds like you are ready to go. I have been stickiing with fishing the jettys right now. This time of year with the water still alittle chilly I prefer the inlet jettys that are up in the bay side of the inlets. In my area the bait fish seem to schhol up around the rocks and arn't in the surf yet. I do alot of driving around looking for signs of bait and birds then I will fish that spot until the bait moves on and the search begins again. Alot of guys have there few favorite spots and stick and wait for the bait and the fish. I prefer to hunt them down. This time of year they move around alot so you might want do do some scouting around. In the way of waders yes you will need a pair. I prefer the noeprene fly fishing chest waders. I forget what brand they are but they stap around your shoulders and have a nice size chest pocket for pliers and stuff. A would definetly recommend a pair of jetty spikes if you are going to fish the rocks. They run around 20-25$ but they will save your ass on slippery rock fighting that monster STRIPER. If you get a pair of waders be sure to bring them with you if you buy a pair of jetty spike to fit them to the size of the boot on you waders. Better luck on your next trip. Just remember it seems like you have to put out alot of cash to get setup with rod and reel, waders, and etc but if you take good care of them they will last many years of great fishing. Good choice on the power pro. It may take awhile to get used to but it is great line. Just be careful. Dont wrap it around you hand to pull up a fish. It will slice you like a Knife. I use a finger tab when casting any real weight so it doesn't slice my casting finger. Good luck and tight lines. :D :D :D
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Old 04-08-2005, 11:15 AM
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LOL waders are good until sometime in May for me....I used to use Hodgman Neoprene Chest waders, the kind with the boots, well I've learned that where the neoprene meets the rubber can be a bit rough on a calf, so I picked up a new pair this year, Reg price at Dicks Sporting goods 59.98, on sale a few weeks ago for 49.98....3.5mm Hodgman Chestwaders with neoprene socks not the boots.....Much more comfortable than the rubber boots....but thats my preference
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Old 04-08-2005, 11:49 AM
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Oh yeh. I know what youmean about the chaffing on the calfs. I will have to check out those waders at dicks. I like the neoprene for the cold times but they are alittle warm for later in the season. The price sounds good to.
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Old 04-13-2005, 10:56 PM
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Hey gary wassss uppp! how is your new setup treating you. Have you been out since yor last trip. I have been doing pretty good. 4 nice bass in 2 trips, and some shorts and alot of good hits and runoffs. Just curious how you were making out with your new gear. Did you get a pair of waders yet.let me know. I will be heading down to cape may to my favorite bass hole off my favorite jetty so we will see whats up. The temp is up to 53deg. now so it will only get better from now. Tight lines and catch the cow to bring home some dinner. Nothing like a fresh stripe fillet an the grill. MMMM-yummy.good luck and post back when you get a chance. :twisted: :D :twisted: :D
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