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>> My first 2 rods and reels - Los Angeles pier/charter fishing [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 10:10 pm
mateyobi


Posts: 3
Location: Los Angeles

Hi,

I bought the Pier Fishing in California book and read the section on rods an reels carefully. Now I'm in the market to buy 2 rods and 2 reels with a budget of $100-$120 total. I searched for a similar post, but could not find one.

My requirements based on the book:
Top Water/Light Action Rod
* 7'
* 1/2 - 2 oz lure weight
* 2 piece

Top Water/Light Action Reel
* Spinning
* 8 lb test
* 200 yd line capacity
* Decent number of bearings

Bottom Water/Medium Action Rod
* 8 -9'
* 3 -4 oz lure weight
* 2 piece

Bottom Water/Medium Action Reel
* spinning
* 15 lb test
* 250 yd line capacity
* Decent number of bearings

Light Reel: $15
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-IX2000R-23-Spinning-Reel/dp/B0069QUWIY

Light Rod: $20
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Piece-Medium-Spinning-7-Feet/dp/B000Q89MF0

Medium Rod Reel Combo: $68
http://www.amazon.com/Penn-Pursuit-6000-2-Spinning-Medium-Heavy/dp/B00ER7GJY8


My concerns:
The lure weight rating on the 7' Medium Action Shimano FXS is only 1/4-5/8. Is that too low?

The line capacity of the Shimano IX2000 is only 120 yds with 8 lb test. Is that going to be a problem?

The Penn 6000 8' Combo rod is rated for up to 3 oz, but in the reviews it says it can handle 4 no problem. Does that sound right?

What would you buy with this budget?
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 11:46 pm
FishingRonin


Posts: 164

Since this seems like your first time fishing, don't get too caught up with the type of action rod you need to go with the type of action lure ect ect. Just get a cheap spinning rod/reel that you like and get out fishing. Once you start fishing, you will start to figure out the type of gear you need based on your fishing style. If I were you, I would spend that $120 on 1 nice set up vs 2. You don't need 2 set ups since you are just starting out. I wold go with a 7-8 ft rod, and get a reel that can handle at least 200 yards of 20# braided line. That will be more than enough to get you started fishing from the pier or the shore. Stay away from rocks, thats not heavy duty enough and that 20# test will break off like dental floss.

BTW, are you in SF bay area? I got some nice gear that I can hook you up with for free. Just trying to pay it forward.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:49 am
mateyobi


Posts: 3
Location: Los Angeles

Hi Ronin,

I'm in LA.

The reason I want 2 poles instead of 1 is because we are 2 people (gf and I).

Any feedback on my concerns?

Matt
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 3:59 pm
SLOFishing


Posts: 210
Location: SLO County

Most rods have a recommended weight for them, but with my experience they can have as much as 2x's as much as the recommended weight for casting.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 6:11 pm
FishingRonin


Posts: 164

That depends on how you are casting and the type of rod. On graphite rod, no way. You're not going to be able to load up the rod and really whip it out there if you are using 2X the weight, that rod will snap. Fiberglass/hybrid rods you can get away with it. If you are using 2X the weight, you are will compromise casting distance. I have a rod thats only rated 2oz max but I can put a 1-1.5lb weight and lob my bait out a little ways away from the boat.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 6:27 pm
mateyobi


Posts: 3
Location: Los Angeles

what are the best bargain rods for 1/2-2 oz and 3-4 oz?
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:56 pm
FishingRonin


Posts: 164

mateyobi wrote:
what are the best bargain rods for 1/2-2 oz and 3-4 oz?


Just go to the tackle shop and get yourself a couple ugly sticks. Ask the guy at the counter, he will now exactly what you're talking about
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