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Old 01-20-2006, 01:52 PM
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Question Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Hi, Folks -

Looking for a good solid 10 ft. rod which will (hopefully) last me years. In reading about different models/prices, I've heard good things about both the Ocean Master and Penn rods.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Right now I'm wavering between the Ocean Master12' 6-12oz or Tica Dolphin 11' 6-12oz.
Now thats a solid rod.
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Old 01-20-2006, 10:46 PM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Are you throwing plugs or bait fishing? The 10 ft OM is more geared towards bait fishing, but the 9 ft. OM is a good light plugging rod as I have one.

I haven't seen the new Penn Pro Guide surf series rod but I'd take a look at them and assume they are more for plugging.
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Old 01-21-2006, 12:02 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Dan, we need a little feedback:

where are you fishing?
what are you throwing?
what reel are you using?

You will get many answers but these questions will help us.
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:54 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

That 10' OM looks like a nice, heavy bait stick. I may add to the rod rack for my occasional heavy surf bait days; those couple of post NE'er days when clams and 8 oz of lead rule the day. Also looks good for heaving a big bunker head and 6 oz lead. Not to mention that the price is right.

Only downside for daily use is that your average 28" bass is not going to put much of a bend in the rod... it'll just be "hook and winch" fishing.
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:51 PM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Sorry for the delay in response, and thanks for yours.

I'll be fishing IBSP, mostly baitcasting. You know, park the buggy and spend a couple of days at a time.

As far as what reel I'll be using, I'm researching those, too. I've read good things about: Mitchell Nautilus 7500; Diawa Emblem 5500; Penn 7500ss.

I just bought the first annual buggy pass I've owned in about ten years, and want to treat myself to a decent, all-purpose rod and reel.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:53 PM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

I own both Tica and St. Croix 10 fters and OM 9. The Tica is great for bait as it is rated 3-8 oz. Can't throw plugs that well, but it's ok for chucking big tins like a 3oz butterspoon or crippled herring. The OM is much better with plugs and plastic shads, sluggos. etc although it still felt stiff to me. I picked up the St. Croix on the buy/sell forum last year and I love it for artificials. I still don't feel like I get the bow in my rod tip that loads the rod and gets it working for me. I am not sure if that's the rod or me, though. Good luck
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Old 01-25-2006, 02:13 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

I have been really curious about wether or not any folks had opinions about the OM 12's. I've been waffling between the 3-6 or the 6-12oz. Where we cast we rarely have room to perform pendulum or even OTB casts (up against foliage or rock) and while we do sometimes throw large hooks (13-15/0 circles) with bait it is not always needed to pitch 10oz. of lead to get it to stick in the current. So I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the 3-6oz OM can pitch overhand 8+bait or better without blowing up? No plugging, just herring and flounder chunk bait.

For anyone who has not seen my previous posts and are curious about the gear I live in Alaska and we surf cast for halibut. Hanging out here is the closest thing we can get to casting clinics and gear reviews.
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:11 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Ocean Master hands down, best bang for the buck.
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Old 01-29-2006, 09:22 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

I hope I get to surf cast for halibut before I die. Anyway, I found another option to throw in the mix. Tica just came out with a 2 piece 11'er rated for 6-12 oz and 20-50#. To the best of my knowledge, it only comes as a spinner. Street priced at $159 at a certain mail order joint in Darien, CT.
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:36 AM
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Default Re: Ocean Master vs. Penn - Surf Rod choice?

Yes all the new Tica UGSA("Dolphin") rods are spinners.Here are specs and prices

TICA Surf Rods UGSA Series
* Dolphin Surf Rod.
* New Tica TC3 Graphite Surf Spinning Rods.
* UGSA with Fuji Alconite Guides.
* Fuji DPS Reel Seat.

Model No. Length Action Type Line Wt. Lure Wt. Pcs. Price
UGSA70MH1S 7'0" MH Surf Spin 10 - 25 3/4 - 3 1 $60.0
UGSA80M1S 8'0" M Surf Spin 6 - 17 1/2 - 2 1 $65.00
UGSA80MH1S 8'0" MH Surf Spin 10 - 25 3/4 - 3 1 $65.00
UGSA90M2S 9'0" M Surf Spin 10 - 25 1/2 - 3 2 $70.00
UGSA90MH2S 9'0" MH Surf Spin 12 - 30 2 - 6 2 $70.00
UGSA10MH2S 10'0" MH Surf Spin 12 - 30 2 - 8 2 $80.00
UGSA106MH2S 10'6" MH Surf Spin 12 - 30 2 - 8 2 $85.00
UGSA11MH2S 11'0" MH Surf Spin 15 - 40 3 - 8 2 $110.00
UGSA11XH2S 11'0" XH Surf Spin 20 - 50 6 - 12 2 $110.00
UGSA12H2S 12'0" H Surf Spin 15 - 40 4 - 10 2 $120.00
UGSA12XH2S 12'0" XH Surf Spin 20 - 50 6 - 12 2 $130.00

Hey these aren't Lamis nor could they ever replace any of my Lamis but they are the absolute best value/quality spin surf stick out there.I've been using the 8' M rod all winter for holdover fish and its the best $65 bucks I've spent all winter.
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