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Sorry but I've come late and have some questions on this topic too. Hope people are still monitoring this thread.

Most of my surf fishing opportunities are when traveling. Otherwise, its local river piers and off my zodiac for me. So I feel the need to use a 8ft 6 inch 3 piece travel rod when I go to the beach because I was advised not to worry about casting too far out and that fish forage just beyond the breakers which about 30 ft out on the beaches I visit. Now this is when I target croaker and spot. Is this sound advice for stripers as well? Do I really need a 10-12 footer? Do I need to cast. Country mile? Id like to target stripers in the surf but wud have problems transporting even a two or three piece 12 foot rod and I find it cumbersome casting such a long rod. I've had my eye on a 9 ft 3 inch 3 piece travel rod but that seems to be the limit for me now. Can anybody shed some light on the need to cast distance for me?
 

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Distance depends on where you fish. By me, jetty country NJ, you really don't need to cast far. Drive an hour south and the bar is way out, hard to reach with a 10'er. In the fall when the fish are stacked and mostly in the 10# range a smaller rod is a lot of fun. In the spring when there are 40's around that same 8'er is not going to cut it.

Also, if you hook up with a pig you might have trouble landing it with a little 8'er
 

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Not knowing much about surf or jetty fishing I ended up with 2 inexpensive Shimanos rods 9' rated 3/4-4oz and a 8' Ugly Stick rated 3/4-3oz. Then on flea bay purchased a used Shimmy BTRs 6500,4500 and Penn 5500. Put everything together and when at the shore they get fished with various baits, lures, jigs and plugs. Setup my chair and with my toes in the water drink in my hand a "fishin I go". Fish surf & jettys with those outfits.
 

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I second the cabo. I use the 50 all the time.
Great for a 10 footer. Best not used around sand, but then what is.
Surf and jetties are different than shoreline, bulkheads and docks - your reel is going to get wet.
Penn 704 or 710 grease packed or zeebaas or van staal, if you can afford one.
I love my pt40 on my 8 ft rod, its all i use in the surf and its perfect for the sand beaches and jetties in the mid cape here where smaller bait is prevelant. best spinning reel i've owned. smooth as puppy poo. as far as sand goes, just ahhh, dont get any in it........? if you do wash it out with fresh water hose, problem solved? same for every reel ever made, save a vs or zee with a sealed body:bom:
 

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Hi; to all. I'm somewhat new to surf fishing. I've done lots of fresh water fishing with light tackle. I currently use the 12 ft. st. croix mojo surf rods (spinnng & casting) with shimano 12000 Thunnus c14 bait runner & newell S 235-5 reels, both spooled with 50lb. braid. Any suggestions on how get the best performance out of these combos using bait & Lures/plugs. Thank you all.
 

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dump the 50 and drop down to thirty braid on the thunnus..
you can still chuck plugs/pencils with that beast but bucktails/light stuff would be sketchy but not out of the realm of possibility.. casting plugs with the conv. will likely drive you nuts after the first birdsnest you achieve.. perhaps a more suitable setup as the 12' rod and a heavy reel like that might give a lesser man a bit of fatigue.. but i don't beat anyone up any more for tackle preference.



 

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Thanks. Would you say combos are best suited for cut baits/chunking? Also would spining reels & bait cast reels best for lures/plugs w/ a lighter rod?
what combo's? litterally loaded question about both reel/rod applications... i may have assumed you only want to use what you have. if you are in the market for the right set-up for the right type of fishing situation then that would help make some sense of it.
 

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Not sure if your still following this thread but that Shakespeare reel looks like a cheap version of an Abu 6500 - you can find deals on them and they are solid machines. As far as the rod you can get away with a cheaper rod(IMO) to match the Abu up with, Shakespeare is not an African dance but a decent budget rod.
 
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