Need versatile surf setup

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  1. Pervin_Irvin

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    Hey surf guys I just recently got spooled out fishing near the Midway by some jackass in a boat and now I need to re-spool my reel. I had 15lb braid on it before but want to go straight mono for fishing the surf. What would be a good middle ground of line# for catching perch and using my luckycraft? I was thinking somewhere around 12# straight mono?Thoughts?
     
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    I use 30lb main line braid and a leader of 10lb P-line co-poly when I want to switch between a LC surf perchin. Perch don't seem line shy with it and 10lb line seems just perfect for me with LC. Perhaps the braid is over kill but I like it for personal preference
     
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    Do you have breakoffs using 10# with Luckycraft?
     
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    I run 12/15# mono for about 90% of what I do
     
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    IMO, put 15lb braid back on and swap out the topshot when your target or lure/rig changes.
     
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    Ive snagged alot of world record breaking heaps of salad and pulled those suckers in just fine. I whip the hell out of my lures for distance and haven't had any breakoffs with it. But again. I see alot of people using at least 12lb like you said, maybe I just have dumb luck with it. Just make sure the knots are good and don't force uneeded pressure and youll be golden
     
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    I have a 2nd reel with 15lb braid already on so figure ill have a different setup
     
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    20# braid here with a light leader, 10# for perch and I personally use 20# fluro on my LCs to avoid any mishaps. I’ve had the bail close a handful of times while casting and it’s stayed so far except once (I was able to retrieve the LC luckily).

    Learning quickly that some quality mono does you more than good in the surf; think Izorline, Ande, that yo zuri hybrid line is pretty decent for the price to if you wanna look into it.
    Braid does tend to catch some wraps around the rod when it’s windy which is annoying. A safe line rating would be 12# like Werfless said. If you want to stick with braid, keep it around 20# and under for perch and other smaller species. Braid that thin will increase your casting distance by a lot imo.
     
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    Yea thanks for the advice, I had my braid wrap around my rod when I was with werfless and promised myself after that I would get a straight mono setup...might have to get a new reel after reading the specs..
     
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    Are your combos identical? Or do the rods have different powers?
     
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    I have a medium ugly stick 2 piece 6'6 with 3000 pflueger president and 15lb braid

    Then a mh okuma sst 8'6 i bought for surf and another president 3500 rated for 160 10#mono
     
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    Mono 12 is as near ideal as you can get. Plenty strong to keep a LC from flying away and you can always add a 4# or 6# leader if you want to do a light setup with natural drift in the skinny. Not sure if you ever plan to use more than 1oz but 12# can snap if you cast anything over that. If the surf is too strong for 1oz, I’m usually staying home anyway.
     
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    You can never have too much gear lol. Your 3500 with 12# mono should cover all of what you’re planning to do I’m assuming
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys Im leaning on running to Squido and buying Daiwa 4000 bg with 12# and throwing it on my SST
     
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    Before you do that, consider the 3k as it is closer to size in terms of other brands 4ks. Think the 4K almost weighs a pound and the 3k is at about 10ozs. Compare them to each other and other reels in the 4K size. Just wanting to let you know as I almost picked up a 4K bg once and noticed the huge size difference between that and let’s say a 4K shimano. The 3500 is also the same as the 4K to my knowledge just a smaller spool. The reel comparison is between the 3k and 4k
     
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    Yea thanks Gabe I was reading that they run big, ill definitely check it out but I wanted a 4000 just to have room for flexibility in the future for something like 40lb braid
     
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    Gotcha, as far as pairing it with the SST rod, might run a little big. Believe me, I got tired of casting with my 4K battle on my long rod, got rid of it and use a 2500 now. Bat rays, halibut, perch. No issues. Plus reel cost me $30 on Amazon. Just an FYI because I bought the 4K battle to dedicate it to LCs but got too heavy after a while. Let us know what you end up going with! You could even take your rod with you to see if the reel balances well with it!
     
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    Dang now im doubting myself because thats exactly what I want to do haha...
     
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    Reel weight is less problematic if you bait and wait... For lures it can be pretty damn critical
     
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    Exactly what Werfless said lol. It was more annoying and tiring.
    2500 or the 3k for the BG imo if you’re wanting to toss hardbaits and c rig for perch. You could easily put some 30# braid later on either size.
     
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