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 Post subject: Rod/Reel Advice
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:56 am 

Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:15 pm
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Location: US
Dear Anglers,

I am a beginner and I am about to buy my first fishing tackle.I will mostly be doing surf fishing from beach and sometimes from pier/jetty. I will mostly be using live bait but i will be using few lures as well.

I am tilted to buy Ugly Stik (10 ft) + Okuma Avenger ABF65.

I will be going to Cabelas store near me and try these fishing rods and see which one fits the best.

After going through quite a few forums about which one to go for I have narrowed down to following fishing rods

Shakespeare Two-Piece Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rod (10ft)
Daiwa Sealine Surf Spinning Rod (10-Feet)
Tsunami Trophy Series (9ft)
Tica Surf Spinning Rods (9ft)
Penn Spinfisher

Okuma Avenger ABF65
Cabela's Salt Striker Spinning Reels
Daiwa Black Gold
Penn Spinfisher SS
Shimano Spheros FB

Rapala Original Floater
Rapala Saltwater Skitter Pop
Halco spoons
Rapala X-Rap "Saltwater 10/14"
Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow Sinking Lures

Any inputs will be highly appreciated. My budget is around 150-200$. Do i go for a cheap rod and buy a bit expensive reel? My primary aim is to catch different variety of fishes apart from croakers and catfish.

Here are few more questions they might be silly..apologizes for that.

Can i use lures with 10ft surf rod? Do i need to buy another 7ft-8ft rod for that? The reason being lures i see are normally under 1 oz and casting lure weight for these 9-10ft surf rods start from 1oz onwards.

How do i bring this 10ft fishing rod to India from US? All these surf rods come in 2 pieces. Shall i ship it directly to India once i buy or shall i trust the airlines transport? I will be calling airlines to see my options.

Does anyone know what Rod Cover should i buy to cover these surf rods while travelling?

Thanks in Advance.

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