Hi, I am looking to purchase a rod and reel for surf casting. I have been looking at a Penn 500L reel with an OM12SC. Is this a good choice for a first purchase. I have been fiishing for years but not too much surf.
Each rod is built to cast a specic weight range. Determine what size weights you need to cast, then pick accordingly. I chose a heavy weight rod designed to cast 6-12 ounces as I fish the Atlantic surf and need eight ounces to hold bottom - and this does not include the weight of the bait or bunker.
I am going to try to fish the bay for now and later try the Atlantic. But I am surely going to eventually buy more than one rod but for now I just want to keep around the bay and fish for whatever is out there.
If you are going to buy more than one rod, I'd get a lighter on (TICA) to start with on and around the bay. Then I'd get a heaver (OM) later for the Atlantic.
Personally, I don't own any real heavers. I really only do the bay. The two rods I have will get me by at the ocean. But 8 and bait would really be stretching their limits.
Anyway, I casted Sandcrab's OM a few weeks ago--that thing has some real backbone to it. Personally, I wouldn't want to use it at the bay if I had a choice between it and a TICA (or tsunami). When you catch a croaker or a spot on a huge rod like that, it just takes some of the fun out of it.
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