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Old 03-27-2009, 12:02 PM
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Default What's the best baitcaster for the surf?

Greetings all,
Looking for some advice on the best baitcaster to use in the surf. I primarily fish Sandy Hook and around SRI (on the sand- not the jetties). In the past I've used Penn reels, but they were not baitcasters, I think it was a Penn 325 GTi which is primarily a boat reel. Too much backlash.

Not really looking for distance, primarily looking for a reliable, minimal backlash baitcaster that can hold a good amount of 20 lb. line.

I'll be throwing primarily clams and bunker heads. I currenlty have a Penn surf baitcasting pole, 10 -foot. Heavy action.

thanks...C-robin.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:17 PM
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Penn 525mag, Avet SX MC, MXL MC and many of the Abu's, for mait, 7000 size. Joe
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Old 03-27-2009, 04:41 PM
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Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:26 PM
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Joe, does the Abu 7000 have a decent brake, or do you have to be a sharpshooter with the thumb?

I've used a Shimano mag (really a fw bass reel but for < 3oz stuff it's been terrific) in the surf for kingfish/croakers/spot, and found the mag brake *extremely* helpful.
I have a Penn 9M, which I can cast with a single weight, and some practice. Just wondering how the 7000 stacks up... they are definitely nice looking reels.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:40 AM
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Joe, does the Abu 7000 have a decent brake, or do you have to be a sharpshooter with the thumb?
Most definitely decent brake
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:32 AM
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good to know, Frank... it's on my "list"
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:36 PM
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These Conventionals, with or with out Mag "power" have to be adjusted with the spool play properly. If you have a halfway decent mind and a thumb that follows, set up the spool tension properly, you would not eve need the mag for over run or spools speed mid cast.
Yes, like Frank mentioned, the Abu 7000 is a top notch reel and very capable of handling weight and bait, as is the Avets. My Avet MXL is non-mag and it performs flawlessly.
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Old 03-28-2009, 01:37 PM
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Easier said than done, Joe

I can cast pretty good as long as I stay at the same weight... Change weight and it's a new learning curve.
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I apologize for bumping this old thread....I just want to add my humble two cents...

I really like my Okuma bait-cating reels like this https://under-the-open-sky.com/best-baitcasting-reels/ I have two of the Convector CV 45L. I removed the level wind for one I like to toss and left it on the other for when I take a buddy fishing who is unfamiliar with retrieving a bait-caster without a level wind. I use 50# test on the open reel and 40# on the one with the level wind. VERY DFEPENDABLE reels and well-worth the coin. About in the price range you've quoted.

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I like the Abu?s and I also have a akios that I like a lot, I use them for plugging. All you need is a educated thumb.
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My current favorite is the Shimano Calcutta 400B I'd never plug with it but for bait it's awesome.

I do have and like the ABU's as well.
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Blue Yonder, best Abu I have ever had. Bought it many years ago and one I've always hung on to.
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as far as baitcasters go they have their time a place , chucking bait or artificials I just would not use the same model for both , levelwind are great for trolling the depths with lead core line but not necessary when the lord gave you 1st finger on the human hand that will work better as Bayyaker mentioned Resetting or adjusting the tension knob on each presentation changed / used is the key to back lashes & spooling your line tight w/ using line conditioner. Adjusting magnets are pretty simple only comes with practice of your reel. That's just me
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A levelwind on a caster is like ***** ***** *** *** ***** They just get in the way and mess things up.
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Unfortunately, I don't use them as much as I should.
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