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Old 12-14-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default New rod and reel setup

Looking for some advice on how to setup my new reel. I got a Penn Battle II 4000 that i want to rig up so that i can fish in multiple situations without having to change too much on the rod. Mostly i fish inshore, but enjoy going out on the pier from time to time. Would love to target kings in the spring.

I was fishing the beach at east pass yesterday and some guy gave me a 6'6" shakespeare ugly stick medium action(thanks dude!). Should i toss my penn on this or get something a little bigger? For line i'm thinking 15-20lb braid so that i can target multiple species without having to change line.

This is my first reel that isn't a wal mart combo, so any advice you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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A 4000 sized reel is a decent sized reel. My favorite "do it all rod" that is reasonably priced is the 7' Ugly Stik tiger lite (I will have to get the model # for you in a bit). With a 5500 SSV Ive done everything from flounder to cobia to snapper and tuna on that rig.

The 4000 battle II loaded with 20-30lb braid and that rod will be light enough to throw and work a gotcha for spanish yet still chunk some bigger baits at bull reds.
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Awesome thanks for the reply. Does brand name of braided line matter or is one about the same as another? Also what color line would you recommend?
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Come over to dick's Sporting goods I will set you up.
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I was there when i decided to get the Penn. Ill stop by some time. I assume your name is Randy?

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Looking for some advice on how to setup my new reel. I got a Penn Battle II 4000 that i want to rig up so that i can fish in multiple situations without having to change too much on the rod. Mostly i fish inshore, but enjoy going out on the pier from time to time. Would love to target kings in the spring.

I was fishing the beach at east pass yesterday and some guy gave me a 6'6" shakespeare ugly stick medium action(thanks dude!). Should i toss my penn on this or get something a little bigger? For line i'm thinking 15-20lb braid so that i can target multiple species without having to change line.

This is my first reel that isn't a wal mart combo, so any advice you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.

- in case you didn't know, if you're budget conscious, I would suggest you check the Ugly Stik "Elite" spinning rod. It's 7ft Medium Heavy power, extra fast tip, flat black color and braid ready. On sale now in Gander Mountain website at $49.99
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I have a 10 ft penn fierce graphite rod and a Rudy's gator tail 8 ft rod for sale, 40 obo each and I'm in fwb. The longer rods are gonna help you get that bait out there easier, just let me know.
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Default Penn Sargus 4000 is my go-to Tarpon reel.

Mine is loaded with 20# Fireline with 6' of 80# Trilene Big Game. If he bites, he is in deep doo doo.

For everything else inshore I use a Sargus or Fierce 2000 with 10# Fireline.

Don't think I'd choose braid for pier fishing.

Small reels are far more fun to use, cause less fatigue and are easier to cast accurately when you need to put a plug into a tea cup.
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I've got a couple 4000's loaded w/ 30 lb braid....Great fer big bulls and larger fish, but harder to cast smaller lures. I'd probably go w/ 20 lb braid next time....then you can let the drag do the work instead of horsing a fish up!
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Mine is loaded with 20# Fireline with 6' of 80# Trilene Big Game. If he bites, he is in deep doo doo.

For everything else inshore I use a Sargus or Fierce 2000 with 10# Fireline.

Don't think I'd choose braid for pier fishing.

Small reels are far more fun to use, cause less fatigue and are easier to cast accurately when you need to put a plug into a tea cup.
Out of curiosity, why would you not recommend braid for pier fishing?
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