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hey guys, i was wondering if anyone out there could recommend a combination for someone who's ready to graduate from the walmart special. i fish predominantly off the surf near rudee inlet for stripers, otherwise im chasing flounder and trout in the inlet. i was hoping there was a combination that could suit both of these situations. any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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How much weight will you need to be casting and how far?
For flounder and trout, how are you fishing? Lures, live bait, jigs?

There is probably not a single outfit that will handle both requirements.

For flounder and trout, I use a 7' light action spinning rod with an 8lb class Finnor spinning reel. I use 8lb Fireline with a fluro leader. It will cast 1/4 oz to about 1 1/4 oz lures and jigs.

The lightest I go in the surf is about an 8.5' St Croix rod that will handle 2 to 4oz and bait. I can reach out about 90 yds with that combination. It has an ABU 5500 CS reel on it.

You will generally need at least 2 to 4 oz in most surf in Va and NC, and lots of times, much more.

Hope this helps some.
 

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Fished the inlet last week...

Most people were using 8 or 9' rods for casting 1-2 oz weights with cut bait. I used a 9' spinner with 30 lb braid line for lure fishing and casting 1-3 oz.

A good 8' or 9' rod with spinner/conventional will work fine.
 
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