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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.

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What would you suggest for an "intermediate" setup. Something good to get started in surf fishing.
 

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Take a look at the 11'6" or 12' tica and put a slosh 20 on it. Will handle just about anything youll catch in the surf around here and its light. Plus youll only spend 200 bones............geo
 

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The Penn 500L is a bear to master even for an experience surf caster. I would go with Geo recommendations for a conventional reel that can be "tamed" a little bit easier.
 

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Where can I find that reel you speak of? Who makes it? Does anyone know any good tackle shops in the Alexandria/Springfield area?
 

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reddog1,th slosh 20 is made by Daiwa,you can go to gear on th left side of th screen ancheck out Bass pro shops or go to digitaldagger.com to name just a coulpe of places that have them online.
 

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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.
 

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Where will you be fishing, what species will you target, etc? This will help determine what size rod to get.
 

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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.
 

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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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Well said Husky,

Sometimes I don't even feel the fish. I reel it in to change bait and I see that I have a spot or croaker on it.

Tica or Tsunami is a nice rod. They will handle 8 ounces.

Okuma IM6, its a new rod, is really nice. And its 30 dollars cheaper than Tica or Tsunami. Hopefully I'll get one soon.
http://www.digitaldagger.com

That site has one of the best prices on the net.
 

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How much difference is there between a surf casting and surf spinning rod other than the price. WHich one would work? I am thinking about the Daiwa SLOSH 30 reel.
 

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I have settled on a reel but I was trying to decide between
TICA Graphite Surf Rod
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TICA Graphite Surf Spinning Rods UELA Series
and
OKUMA SOLARIS SURF IM6 GRAPHITE RODS

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The slosh is a baitcasting reel. So, you would have to get a casting rod. A spinning rod is a bad idea unless you get a spinning reel.

I would try the TICA. I used Jangwuah's at Sandy Point. I think it only had 4 ounces on it. When I threw it I fell in love with it.
 
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