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Old 05-03-2017, 09:18 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm hoping you all can make some recommendations on surf reels and rod. I'm looking to pick up a new rod/reel specifically for surf fishing. I'd like something that's fully sealed I think. Open to bail-less - I've got a Torque 9 bail-less now, and enjoy fishing it, but I'm looking for something smaller. I think the 9 is going to stay on my Cobia rod.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:52 PM   #2
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I really like a 10' St Croix Mojo, with a VS 150. It's a good all around set up
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I really like a 10' St Croix Mojo, with a VS 150. It's a good all around set up
I've heard about the VS150 but not had my hands on them. How is the quality post American made?
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Would the 706 be a good reel to look at? I have a 14' Team Alabama rod. I wonder if that would be a good pairing or if I'd wish the reel was a bit smaller.
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I've heard about the VS150 but not had my hands on them. How is the quality post American made?


I still think the quality is quite good. I have no fears when the reel ends up in the sand or water. The drag is smooth and strong. I guess the best way to say it is that it is a no hassle reel for surf fishing, and quite versatile.
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I still think the quality is quite good. I have no fears when the reel ends up in the sand or water. The drag is smooth and strong. I guess the best way to say it is that it is a no hassle reel for surf fishing, and quite versatile.
thanks for the review!
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What you'd pay for a VS 150, I'd buy 3 Penn 704 reels and 3 12 foot ugly sticks.
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What you'd pay for a VS 150, I'd buy 3 Penn 704 reels and 3 12 foot ugly sticks.
This is what I was wondering. I have not actually looked at the 704 until you mentioned it. I see it's the smaller version of the 706. It's curious to me that the 706 weighs more than the 704 by nearly an ounce. And that the 704 only has one bearing! I like the nostalgia of owning one, but really wonder if there are reels for equitable price that have more technology / strength / bearings that would provide a longer life.
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All of the Penn 700 series only have one bearing except for a few 706 reels that added an extra one on the main gear shaft before it exits the reel. Either one is good enough.

Even though the 704/706 is old technology compared to today's reels it will outlast any other reel with more technology and bearings except the dedicated sealed surf reels.

That's why they have been around for more than 40 years.

The 704 doesn't have drain holes in the rotor so you have to keep that area clean after each trip.

I dont use them because they are just too clunky to me. Too old school.

Squidder (Rick Champagne) here on the forum can install anti reverse, one way bearings, in the 706 if you want to remove all the slop in the reel. He uses 2 one way bearings plus the original dog is left in place. About the strongest anti reverse system in any reel.

He did one for my grandson and it has caught many fish.
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What you'd pay for a VS 150, I'd buy 3 Penn 704 reels and 3 12 foot ugly sticks.



What kind of line would you put on them?
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