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Old 08-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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Hi y'all. Lived in the area for a few years, but up until now haven't gone saltwater fishing. I've decided to try it out, maybe by starting out going down to the Bob Sikes bridge and getting my feet wet. From what I've been told, I will end up probably needing two rigs, but for starters I'd like to just go out there with one.

Having said that, I was thinking about purchasing one of the following:

http://www.basspro.com/Pennreg;-Fier...SELL_THUMBNAIL

However, I'm a little confused by the difference in "line capacity" and "braid capacity." Could someone explain the difference and perhaps recommend a size for me? I'm thinking the 4000 series would be plenty for the smaller fish around there and then later I could add the 7000 or something.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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I was also considering the Penn battle 4000

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...066+4294964576

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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Penn Battle 4000 is a better reel and can be used for many fish like Spanish, Reds, etc. Has a great drag system. Can be found on ebay for under $80 shipped to your door.

Braid is smaller than mono in the same pound test line. Therefore, you can more 10lb test braid on the same reel than 10lb mono.
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for a few bucks more i would get a shimano spheros. quality reels will last longer and bigger fish will tear up a cheaper reels drag system quick. the penn battles (and all the same styles) have line twist problems in the 4000 series which sucks when youre trying to cast distances off of piers. i have a penn fierce that does it and two other friends have similar style reels and they all do it. thats actually my second penn and both of them had problems. i went and bought more expensive shimanos to replace them and they are great. a cheaper reel that i like also is the pflueger president.
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for a few bucks more i would get a shimano spheros. quality reels will last longer and bigger fish will tear up a cheaper reels drag system quick. the penn battles (and all the same styles) have line twist problems in the 4000 series which sucks when youre trying to cast distances off of piers. i have a penn fierce that does it and two other friends have similar style reels and they all do it. thats actually my second penn and both of them had problems. i went and bought more expensive shimanos to replace them and they are great. a cheaper reel that i like also is the pflueger president.

+1 you just can not go wrong with Shimano. I was a long time Penn user till I got a Shimano.
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I would go with Shimano, like others have said. And I would start off with mono line if you haven't used braid before.




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Old 08-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies guys...I went to Academy earlier and tried to get the Shimaro, but they were out. Ended up just getting the Battle 4000 rather than search elsewhere or order the Shimaro online. Maybe I'll go that route on my next reel. Now, I've just got to buy a rod that'll work well with this new reel.
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Battles are great reels. My buddy, charter captain, has been trying to blow up his 8000 and 4000 battles and they have yet to fail. We've caught plenty of Ajs on the 8000 off the boat and numerous kings Spanish and reds with the 4000 off piers and jetties. If you are just getting into the sport and don't care a whole lot about weight and want a quality reel battles are probably the best bang for your buck.

And I also wanted to add that I am a shimano fan will never purchase a daiwa again. Bad experiences with advantage and del sol. Absolutely Love my stradics and Stella. Stradics to me are the best bang for my money The spheros is a good reel but would buy a battle over a spheros. Honestly though I would just spend the extra $ and get a stradic.
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