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Ok, I'm getting close. First, thanks to all of you for your input on selecting a surf rod. My next decision is which reel to get. I believe I have narrowed it to two; Shimano Baitrunner 8000 and Ultegra xtd 5500. I like the baitrunner feature, as I predominately fish bait, but am also excited about the potential distance gained by the Ultegra. How big of a difference would you anticipate between the 2 reels? I would like to thank all of you experienced individuals for your feedback and help as I inch toward the final selection!!
 

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Lighter weight, faster retrieve ratio, more drag ...

The bait runner feature might be overrated.

Negligible price differential between them.

The numbers favor the Ultega.
 
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