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Old 06-12-2018, 01:25 PM
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Default 10, 11 or 12 footer?

After years off I'm returning to surf fishing and want to try conventional gear again. I'm tryin to decide 10, 11 or 12 foot rod. I'm looking for something in the Tsunami or Okuma Solaris price range. Reel will be a Penn Squall 15 wth about 17lb mono or 40 braid. 4-6 oz singer and bait. Game will be blues and stripers off the beach in NJ. Jacks, snook up to tarpon in Florida. I now use Tsunami Trophy and Ocean Master 11 footer spinning gear. Maximum distance is a goal once mastering the conventional reel. Any opinion appreciated
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:31 PM
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Default Re: 10, 11 or 12 footer?

My conventionals are a 9' and 10', but used for plugging. My bait and wait for conv was also a 10ft but have since switched over to a 10' spinning for bait. I really don't believe anyone needs anything longer, but that's just me.
So my choice of the 3 would be 10'
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:39 AM
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Default Re: 10, 11 or 12 footer?

I have an 11' Tica Dolphin med-heavy for 3-8oz bait and wait. Use that with an abu-garcia c3. My other bait rod is a 10' (mumble mumble... can't remember... but slightly softer than the Tica) and use it for 3-6oz bait and wait, paired with what I consider to be an AWESOME reel: the Shimano Calcutta 200B. Someone at Tackle Direct steered me toward this reel (also maybe someone on this site) and I thank them every time I cast it.


The third rod I bring is for small stuff, typically kingfish, and is an 8' $15 bass pro rod paired with a baitcasting reel (decent, but not expensive reel) that I use to toss bloodworms (real or fishbites) out for kingfish, or spot or whatever else small shows up. These wind up as panfish or bait, depending
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:20 PM
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Default Re: 10, 11 or 12 footer?

I live in Sea Bright and observe anglers who have immigrated here from Portugal with 13 foot rods. They bait fish and cast incredible distances with these two piece rods. They seldom leave without fish. All are spinning rods.
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:43 PM
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Default Re: 10, 11 or 12 footer?

Rich, for the load you mentioned you wanted to throw (6oz plus bait), & maximum distance being your main goal, I would go for the longest stick you mentioned (mvsusaf's reply suggests maybe even a 13 footer for maximum distance) & spool with 40# braid, not 17# mono. The blues would tear through that 17# mono with ease. That strength mono might even stretch & break with the load you planned on throwing? Just my 2 cents, good luck & dont forget to post pics & reports!
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:35 AM
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Default Re: 10, 11 or 12 footer?

I'm not sold on 13 footers, and with the right rod, 10/11/12 will still get you out there.


That said, if you want 13 get it.


I agree with BB on using braid. The problem with 17lb mono and weight in my past experience is eventually you forget (ok *I* forget) to change out the last 15' and it breaks on the cast. Use of a shock leader helps but brings it's own set of issues (ie the knot)
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:05 AM
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Whereas 13 ft long rod would allow you to cast the furthest I believe that 10 ft long rod should be ample and the best for 80 % of the situations...you need to take in account that if you want to surf fish with 13ft rod for 3-4 hours throwing 3-6oz lures your shoulders and your back will be very sore afterwards.
My experience is that more often that not the fish is in the wash very close and the lighter gear should perform better...but if you fish Montauk or similar then the requirements are different than the NJ shore.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:34 PM
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Try the Airwave series I use the 9' for kings & plugging & the 11' conventional (use Penn 525 Mag) that is rated to 10 oz both are very good for my usage
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