Surf Setup?

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  1. Dylan 101

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    So since I had my first good experience surf fishing. 3 days ago. I want to get a surf setup. I want to mainly target Corbina. Perch second is the second option. So here is what I’m thinking. I get a medium light setup (7-8 foot) with 6-8 lb line (floro or mono) and a reel to go with it. Is that a good idea or should I change it. Comment below
     
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    That'll work. I prefer a bit longer rod (8'6 - 9') so I have the option to cast a 1/4oz out there if I wanted, and still be able to pitch a sandcrab into skinny water from dry sand. There's a reason salmon/steelhead rods are popular for socal surf fishing.
     
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    My surf fishing is more on rocky spots that hold more croakers and bass than corbina, but a longer rod with a lighter action is good I think. I use a 9' medium moderate fast spinning set up and a 4000 reel, but i fish 12# in the surf so a 2500 or 3000 would probably be good for lighter line.
     
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    8-9 foot rod .. 2k reel with braid to light leader for the skinny water, 4-5k reel with 12-15# mono for the rocky stuff .. my ,02
     
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    https://m.tackledirect.com/shimano-ix4000r-ix-r-reel.html

    Ive used one of these on an IX pole for almost a decade and caught everything from 6oz bluegill to 11# Halibut. Put grease in it to keep the sand out and itll last for years without maintenance. Try the FXB4000 if you want something shiny and more solid. $10 more.
     
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    I personally use my freshwater dropshot setup for surf fishing, 7'6" Medium Shimano Compre(might be the old model above that) with a Diawa Luna 2500ish model. I do want a surf specific setup but I just don't have time to fish anymore so I can't justify new setups.
     
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    I would go a little longer on the rod and not too stiff.
    Mainly fishing live bait, I use: 8'6" Shimano Scimitar, Penn Battle II 2500, 8# mono to 6-8# flouro leader, 1/4-1/2 oz egg sinker and size 4-8 hook depending on bait. C-rig is my go-to.
     
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    maybe it would help to see what different combos are being used out there. i use one rod, with two diff reels depending on what i feel like trying to catch

    okuma sst 8'6, medium power rated for 1/4-5/8oz

    targeting perch/corbina:
    penn fierce 2000 with 15lb braid to 6ft of 6lb flouro. crig or splitshot to a size 6 hook.

    targeting halibut:
    battle 3000 with 30lb braid to 6ft of 12lb mono for jerkbaits or 15lb flouro for dropshot
     
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    Im no master surf slayer but, I brought my steelhead gear down this year and I have been extremely pleased with how it is fishing the surf. I use a cousins tributary 9'1" medium light rod with a diawa saltist spinning reel, spooled with 12 lb fluoroclear. I usually run 5lb test leader when I going after the usual surf critters. I also have been using my 9'1" cousins Evo with a diawa lexa hd 300 spooled with the same fluoroclear 12 lb. When I throw jigs, jerkbaits, and swimbaits u run 10 lb fluoro leader I attach via blood knot. As a stated before im not the authority on surf fishing but they have worked very well for me down here in the surf. It also gives me a lot of confidence if I tie into bigger fish because I know what they can handle (8-15 lb steelhead).

    SAVED ROUND: I don't think anyone has hit on it yet, whenever you decide to buy your gear....MAKE SURE YOU WASH/RINSE IT WELL AS SOON AS YOU GET DONE. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Salt water will absolutely eat any metal portions of your reel, rod (eyes and hook keepers especially), and hooks / terminal gear. Rinse all of your gear thoroughly after you get done, when you think that you have rinsed it well, rinse it more. Once again, RINSE YOUR GEAR. It can be an expensive endeavor getting a nice / decent set up, and you want it to last.
     
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    Thanks I’m going to break out my Shimano Stealhead rod and give it a try it’s a 9 foot 2”.
     
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    Always tough for me to say if I haven't handled a rod. Specs on Daiwa's website make it look a pretty good rod for you. I prefer a mod-fast action myself to a fast to get a little more parabolic curve, but hey to each his own. Good length and good price. The Scimitar I mentioned early is about the same price, available at many Turners shops around here if you want to go shake it and pull on it.
     
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    the specs look right. maybe check reviews to see if it can throw a lucky craft (about 3/4oz) well. im pretty sure you will eventually get one.

    my rod is spec'd for 1/4-5/8oz. it throws lucky craft flash minnows ok, but i struggle with daiwa sp minnows (half the price of an LC, weighs about 1oz), even the smaller version thats less than an ounce. i started throwing sp minnows on a different combo all together.

    i guess it depends on how you plan to spend your time fishing the surf, but the acculite sounds right for light tackle perching and croaker hunting.
     
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    I bought this one a month ago and I love it so far.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BG2ZV5A/?tag=sd07e-20
    its a 10-20lb line with a 1/4 to 3/4 lure rating. Could probably toss a 1oz. I did try a 1.5 oz and seemed a little too much.

    I have a Daiwa BG 4000 on it with 30lb Jbraid. I use a an 8lb flouro leader and got a bunch of corbina on Monday.
     
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    Ugly gx2 9' medium, moderate fast. 40$. Rated 4-20#. I fish it 12# in rocky surf, 30#braid to leader off pier. It's served me well and throws 1/4 to an oz very well. One of my favorite rods I own regardless of price. Rockets a 1oz c-rig and LC surfpointer. For what it's worth I like it about 100 times more than my 7' MH GX2.
     
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    This is what I use in the surf. The rod was a give away at “The Murph”.”Fishing night at the ballpark.” The trick is knowing where the fish are.

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    I typically use a Penn Squardon inshore 7'6" Heavy 1/4-1oz. x-tra fast action and a Penn Pursuit 3 4000. If memory serves me I have 20# braid backing and 10# Flouro to top off the reel. I've caught BSP, Rays, Bonefish, and a baby 25" Leopard.

    If I don't want to get me feet wet, my next heaviest setup is a 12' Okuma Rockaway Medium 1-4oz. with a Penn Fierce 2 5000 reel spooled with straight 50# braid and 8# or 10# flouro leader tied off that stays outta the guides. Casts a country mile too if I really put some effort behind it. Caught plenty of BSP and my first Hali with that setup.

    Just my $0.02. Probably a little overkill, but it's what I found on sale when I was looking around.
     
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    This might sound stupid but what is a BSP
     
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    LOL!

    You’ll have to catch up on some abbreviations and slang if you’re going to navigate these forums.

    YFC = yellow fin croaker, or might call it a crow
    Butt/flattie = halibut
    Goat = sheepshead

    Etc.

    Is there a sticky on this anywhere? Maybe we should add them to the fish ID thread.
     
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