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Old 11-02-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Need advice on basic surf set up

I've fished light tackle inshore for years, and have on occasion used the same gear to throw into the surf. I've caught a few fish, but would like to get a bit more serious about it.

What rod and reel should I start with? Is 20# line the starting point, then heavier floro carbon or steel leaders?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:10 PM   #2
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A 12 ft. ugly stick ,a penn 750 or 650 ,20 lb. mono. & 20 lb. flourocarbon leader. Unless you are fishing for shark or spanish you really don"t want steel leaders.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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I have been successfully catching reds, and pompano on 30lb mono leaders since I started fishing here. All you really need is a rod at least ten feet or more, a spin cast reel that will hold at least 200 yards of 20lb line, its the easiest to deal with in the surf and casts further, 1-4 oz pyramid weights depending on how heavy the surf is, and circle hooks just big enough to stick through a sand flea. size two circles i believe they are. If you dont want to make your own leaders go buy the ones from walmart, slide the hook off and put your own hooks on.
I could spend my life doing this!
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