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I've always been a spin cast thrower but I really want to get into a conventional heaver. Any advice on a mid range reel for a beginner? I don't want a cheapo but I don't need to get into changing drag washers, mags etc, at least not yet. Also what length rod is best to get the hang of casting the conventional set up? Any one got an old set up they would like to sell? Thanks.
 

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Offshore angler breakwater conventional spinning rod 8ft to 12ft.
Okuma spinning reel with 40 to 50lb big game line or 125lb almost shark proof steel leader.
7 to 10 sized hooks on a fish finder rig.
Cut bait or live bait.
 

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I feel a good entry level Heaver for a Newbie... For Drum and surf

Penn Battalion (around 119.00) rod and a Penn Squall 15... Both are pretty forgiving and easy to use
 

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I will agree with tuna on the squall. Battalion is a great rod and a Prevail is a great rod as well for a bit less money
 

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Do y'all go with the level wind or just open spool? If just open spool, do you just guide the line back in with your thumb?
 

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No no no on the level wind. Lay the line back with your thumb or finger. Keep it consistent count 5-7 cranks per pass. Or something like that.
 

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It sounds like $300 will get me a decent set up, so I guess that's what I'm looking to spend. I fish anywhere from Sandbridge to 55 at Hatteras. Thanks for all the input.
 

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I will agree with tuna on the squall. Battalion is a great rod and a Prevail is a great rod as well for a bit less money
Very true that the Prevail is less $$$ about twenty dollars less. BUT you are getting a better rod and Fuji guides with the Battalion. Well worth the 20 dollars extra.

Yes you guide line back with your thumb... After a while it will become automatic and you won't even think about it
 

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Squall 15 with prevail was my beginner setup. Thumbing the line truly does become automatic after a while but I still look to make sure I'm laying the line evenly.
 

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My first one was a 525mag and a Breakaway HDX.....Sometimes I wish I still had them. We get way too caught in "the latest and greatest"....
 

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My first one was a 525mag and a Breakaway HDX.....Sometimes I wish I still had them. We get way too caught in "the latest and greatest"....
10ft one-piece Magnaflex and an ABU 10000 from 1985 $220

Do not miss the Magnaflex much, I left it by mistake behind a couch of an ex-girlfriend fifteen years ago.................. probably still there :)

In 1987 switched the Magnaflex for a Lamiglas 10'6" one piece and been switching it up ever since.....

In 1987 I paid $120 for the Lamiglas at Tackle Express in Nags Head which is now TW's Nags Head, it was my first custom heaver built on the OBX

Still have the ABU 10000.........it is pretty creaky though.........kinda like me:)

In 1989 a factory Fenwick SurfStick was around $180 retail but I am pretty sure the SurfStick Fenwick rods were wrapped in the USA in those days...which is why they were so expensive..... the blanks were $90.00 in the Merrick catalog I seem to remember Larry Haack telling me.

Leveling the line becomes automatic and after a few years you do not really have to look at the spool which is a big plus when fishing at night at the Point or when you are fighting a big Shark or something that is more copper in color....and especially Flatosaurus type critters which you need to keep your eyes on the water for so you can break them off as soon as possible:)

If I had to use my SurfSticks only against the latest and greatest.........I would manage to get a few Drum I reckon.............though I would be twenty to thirty yards inside of the monster casters using CTS rods and the like....you get what you pay for and if you want extreme distance...........distance does not come cheap......$650 or so I would guess for a new CTS stick and decent drum reel....
 

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Yep,bulletproof reel.... As a beginner, Tica is an easy rod to load,doesn't cost a ton of $ great to learn with as well.. As said, slosh is a good reel,I like the saltist because of the drag.. If you want a reel with a good drag,cast good,and consistent,also will last a looooonnnng time,that's your reel....
 

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When your thumbing the line across evenly
make a quick pass so the line crosses the spool every once in a while..
it will keep the line from digging in when a big fish makes a run.
 
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