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Old 05-29-2007, 09:07 PM
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I have $250 to spend on a surf set-up, looking for something that will be good for plugging, so basically I would like something fairly light, and a decent reel with decent capacity, probably gonna go with 50# braid for line, what do you guys think?
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:41 PM
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10' Lami SK10MS Surf King rod and track down a 706z online somewhere - Try to get one cheap and send it to the reel restorer for an overhaul. You might be a few dollars over, say $275 total, but you'll be set up for years.
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:49 PM
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what kind of distances do you think I could expect from something like that? I'm reaching around 50-75 yds with my 8' tsunami trophy and Okuma reel, I'm getting better by the day with that though
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If you're looking for power and the ability to take huge amounts of abuse and keep on ticking the 706 is your reel, it's not a long cast design though.

If you need distance I'd look at the new Abu Garcia Cardinal 807 - I've been fishing one fairly heavily this spring and so far I'm very impressed with it's strength and distance.

You're not going to find a true distance thrower among the budget rods. Good enough to fish with, 100 to 120 yards, definitely (with the right reel and more importantly, technique), upper end long throwers, no.
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found out that the gf is going to buy me the reel for my b-day in a couple weeks so now i'm in the market for a rod for around 250, also what would be a good reel around 100-200
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what's the verdict on a shimano stradic 6000 for surf casting, held one today and it seemed smoother than anything I've used and lighter tan the penn reels, and I think I'm going to go with a Lami or st croix rod
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what length rod and what weights will you be casting? an 11' Anyfish Anywhere Estuary wouldn't be terrible for 1-4..
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:26 PM
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not really sure on weights, mostly looking for something for plugging the beach and some jettys, I have a penn pro guide 9' right now that I use for the rips where I don't need crazy distance, so the reel would probably pull double duty, definitely want a light rod though, probably in the 1-4oz range
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The Estuary with the Abu Cardinal 807 spooled with 20 to 30# suffix braid would be about as sweet a setup as you could ask for and will fall well within your budget.
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I would get a Lami surf king 10ms and a Quantam Boca 50 for plugging.
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Its been said in dozens of threads. You cant go wrong with the Penn 704Z. The 706 is bailless.

I like the Quantum Cabo 50 Pt . ~ $180
Paired with the 9 foot XS1084-2 Ron Arra. Oops way over budget.
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thinking about the shimano stradic 6000, really felt good in my hand, decent line capacity, smooth crank and very light, and probably an 11' lami rod of some sort, just want it as light as possible as this will be my plugging rod
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Ten foot lami Ron Arra sweetest rod ever. Every one raves about the 706's I never tried one so I can't give an opinion. I got a penn slammer 560 that I like alot. With help from the guys on this site I now maintain it myself which is pretty easy, not to many parts.
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