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Fraziel
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Joined: Jun 21, 2013
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Location: Glasgow, Scptland

PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi i am a total newbie and need a little help. I plan to do some light sea lure fishing and possibly occasional bait fishing from pier and rocks, but mainly lure. Might even do some spinning in lochs. Budget about 100

I am looking for a fairly portable rod as i currently do not drive so one that breaks down to 3 or 4 feet would be ideal.

I have seen this one, the Masterline powerspin 4 pc spinning rod, details here

Masterline Powerspin 4pc Spinning Rod - Last Few to Clear

Second one is Shakespeare expedition xt spinning rod 15-60 g version, details here

Shakespeare Expedition XT Spinning Rod PLUS Reel Offer

Also like the look of the daiwa stillwater ssx spinner, okuma lure extreme spin and shakespeare odyssey xt.

Any reel advice would be great too, one that helps with distance casting preferably.

What do you think and can anyone recommend anything else?

Also, can i use lures outwith the recommended range without big performance drop off as i am not sure what range of rod to go for.

thanks for your help


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eccles
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Joined: May 19, 2005
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Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi, I don't use travel rods as such but there are a number of fairly decent three piece rods available these days and I generally choose them because I can tie them on my bike fairly easily. For a good action and general toughness it is best to buy all carbon rods these days even though they are more expensive than "composite" rods. If you change your mind and go for one of these, the Shakespeare Agility FS Surf Rod is as good as any for quite a reasonable price.
15lb main line is indeed what many use and I would particularly recommend Okuma Ultramax as being reasonably priced and with good characteristics although I personally use 18lb.
If you want a fairly robust FS reel without spending a lot of money there are two in particular which I would suggest: Daiwa BF 5500 and Jarvis-Walker 6500 both priced around the 30 mark and both with three ball bearings and wide spools - the latter being an important issue for distance casting in my view.
When it comes to lure fishing which does not produce as well as bait fishing in my experience although I do it when conditions are suitable, I use an entirely different set up: The rod is a 9'6" all carbon uptider which is easy to transport, light enough to continually cast without getting too tired but tough enough to handle a big fish if I get lucky (which is rare LOL).
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:05 pm Reply with quote Back to top

ok, that is helpful thanks. What about the casting weight recommended for each rod, what does that actually mean? can you go outwith it?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

The casting weight is what they think will get the best casting distance from the rod and actually what usually works best is somewhere around the middle of the two weights quoted. Thus I have a couple of Abu Garcia 14 ft beach casters which are rated 3 to 7 ozs and I find that a 5 oz sinker usually gives the best result - up to 130 yds in my case. I have never tried a 7 oz sinker with them but Abu are telling me that the rod could handle it comfortably if I chose.
 
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