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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:55 am 
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hi there !! i am wanting to buy a new line and maybe even a new reel and since iam new to angling id like some advice.

from what i read - a braided line seems to be the best option. however being a begineer i want something that is a good all - rounder. something that is as suited for spinning as it is for fishing the bottom. also what weight/strength would suit me. not looking to buy something very novel just yet.

also i noticed that reels come is all sorts of shapes and sizes. what the basic difference. what would be a good type of generalist reel to get?

any website that explains the very basics of angling. stuff like different terms, equipment, etc, etc.

regards !!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:37 am 
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There's not really such a thing as a general all round outfit. Tackle for course fishing has very different requirements to spinning even before you start to think about the sizes of fish that you want to target.

For the coarse fishing, I'd steer clear of braided line (as it's harder to handle and knot than mono and considerably more expensive) and think about the sort of outfit that would be used to target medium sized carp on a UK comercial fishery- 12' rod, baitrunner reel and 8lb mono. This should suitable for most of the fish that I see the guys on here chaseing.

For spinning for barramumdi, mangrove jacks and smaller freshwater species (not big mahseer) a standard spinning rod of about 9' (2.7m) and able to cast upto 2oz (60g) should see you right (Pretty much the same as might be used for pike spinning in Scotland) and braid (I like Fireline and 20lb would be a good strength to start with) will be the way to go on this rod.

If you're limited to a single rod, go with the spinning rod but get a reel with a spare spool and put braid on one and mono on the other.

If you are thinking about carrying the rod on a plane, consider a specially made travel rod.

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