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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 1 week ago #70513

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Type Fishing Gear 4 months 1 day ago #70532

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No way I'm going to inventory and list all my rods/reels, but I'll list what gets used the most.

St.Croix Premiere 6' 2pc UL, with a Penn 4300SS

Penn Fierce 6'6, with a Penn Fierce 2000

Silstar-Big Water 6'6, with a Penn 155

Daiwa VIP Saltwater 7', with a Penn 505HS Jig Master

Offshore Angler-Inshore Extreme, 8'6", 12-20, with a Penn 4500SS

Shakespeare Ugly Stik, 7', Heavy, with a Penn Battle 5000

Crowder-Tideline, 7'6", 10-20, with a Penn 5500SS

Seeker 7' medium action, with a Penn 7500SS

Offshore Angler- Offshore Extreme Cobia Special, 8', 15-30#, with a Penn 8500SS

Offshore Angler-Ocean Master, surf spinning, 12'-2pc, 20-50# , 6-12oz lure, with a Penn 9500SS

Shakespeare Tidewater, surf spinning, 12'-2pc, with a Penn 9500SS

Penn Mariner, 5'6", 50-100#, with a Penn 114HLW 6/0 Wide

Penn International V TS/TF Stand Up, VS5010TS60, with a Penn Senator 115L 9/0

Penn International V TS/TF Stand Up, VS5010TS60, with a Penn Senator 116L 12/0
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 3 weeks ago #70547

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Made the leap.

My buddy won a 6'6" fenwick casting rod at our last tournament as a door prize. He gave it to me. He has a lot of rods and doesn't like the HMG's and doesn't really like 6ft rods either. So I went to cabelas the other night and picked up a Lews speed spool Mach I reel. Spooled some 10lb fluorocarbon on it. I plan to use it today to see how it feels and see how many rats nests I get.... :/
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 3 weeks ago #70567

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Rush, really curious to get your take on the Lews reel and also the combo. For some reason, I am stuck on over 7 foot fishing rods.

I am terrible at casting reels, but my advice is to adjust the cast controls for each lure and be a little conservative. It's ok to sacrifice distance for less backlash.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 3 weeks ago #70568

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So I only have limited amount of experience with it, but I'll give you what I know. The lews reel seems to be nice. Smooth retrieve, great ratio, love the extra speed you have with the bait casters vs spinning reels. Haven't really tested the drag much, and I haven't really played with the brake much either. Need to fine tune that for sure, but so far I am liking the reel. Not a horrible price either (100 bucks), seems to be good quality for a middle of the road class of reel.

The rod is nice. I do like the HMG's myself and this one is no different. Feels good on the hookset and has good sensitivity and a solid backbone but bends enough while fighting them in. I will say though that I prefer a 7 footer for making longer casts. Even with this new setup and adjusting to the baitcaster feel I can tell that this shorter rod makes a huge difference (negatively) with longer casts. But I sort of plan to use this dock fishing and vertical jigging for the time being so making long casts isn't what I will be using it for.

Overall the feel is just foreign. The casting isn't horrible, though I need a lot of work with it, and the sensitivity is good, I felt all three hits I had on it yesterday with no problem, and the backbone is great for a good sweeping hookset, but I just feel like an idiot trying to fight these fish in. The reel diameter is much much tighter than on a spinning setup so I found myself fighting the reel, and then getting a comfortable grip on the thing is weird at this point too. I want to hold it one way to cast, another to reel, and another to fight the fish in, lol. I just need more time with a baitcasting setup is all. It will come.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 2 weeks ago #70582

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I can relate to the foreign feeling. I was always a spin fisherman. I was always a left hand retrieve guy. Switching to casting, with the traditional right hand retrieve was rough. In fact, I gave up and bought a left hand retrieve casting reel.

I get hand cramps from trying to hold the rod/reel for long periods. I imagine that will get better with time. My casts are getting better and my thumb control is improving. I tried to do some flips or short underhand casts this weekend and I found that the brake was limiting that.

No bass Saturday. It was a bowfin day. I need to put down the white chatter bait and try something else.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 2 weeks ago #70583

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Haha, I imagine the bowfin down there are a lot like the pike up here. Aggressive and always in the way. At the very least, its a fish on the end of your line. :)
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 2 weeks ago #70585

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Yup. People kill them rather than throw them back. Silly. It's better than casting all day and not catching anything.
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 2 weeks ago #70586

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Rush, what weight baits have you been throwing with the baitcaster?
120g - Tiger Oscar, Parrot Cichlid, SDs | 55g - 24 Year Old Kissing Gourami
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Type Fishing Gear 3 months 2 weeks ago #70587

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So far none. I threw a 3/8 oz spinner bait in the yard after I picked it up but I haven't thrown anything with any heft out on the water yet. Hoping to throw a 3/8 oz drop shot later today though.
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