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Choosing a surfcaster

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:33 am
by G0KOK
Ok here we go, new here to the forum, after about twenty years of not fishing on a regular basis, and now retired, like all else I find technology in sea fishing tackle has move on, I have a new a new ABU 6500 C3 CT mag multiplier and 13 foot carbon beachcaster, I gave it a go off the beach at Hythe Folkestone, impressed, although even with all the controls engaged I still have to keep the thumb at the ready for spool overrun. ( 3 dabs 1 very nice plaice) (king rag).

Ok thats a brief history, now here's the question, for a surf set-up I have settled on a Penn Infinity fixed spool, I liked the look of the Shimano aero but could not justify the cost, however , the rod choice is taxing the brain a bit, I have trawled the net and forums looking for advise and experiences, so, the shortlist I have for a surfcaster is, a Daiwa 16 foot Grandwave or a Daiwa 16 foot Theory, I would like to hear from anyone who has used either or has a friend who owns one or other in order to make my choice, that said, I am not so stuck in a mindset that I would not listen to any other advise on 14/16 foot surfcasters.

Thank you.

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:18 am
by flattiefanatic
Welcome to the forums. Must admit my experience comes from multipliers and the respective rods. Im sure someone will come along and help you out with your dilemma ;)

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:22 pm
by eccles

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:37 pm
by rabbi2
The Diawa Supercast MK1 (Paul Kerry) was the best rod I have ever used, the Mk11 although a good rod in my opinion doesn't come anywhere near the MK1.
keith :D :D

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:36 pm
by strathy
If you,re looking for a long FS surf rod thats easy cast but good backbone and bite detection look at the Italian Alcedo range of rods.
They,ll blow the Daiwa long rods away.
Ultra high quality carbon but ridiculously low weight.
If I was ever to go back to FS reels I would have these on my to buy list alongside the Penn Affinity Twin Tips.
You,ll find them at Gerrysfishing at Morcombe.
Ask for Chris as these are a speciality of his.

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:54 pm
by eccles
Hmm, far too pricey for my liking, but then I am already fixed up.

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:41 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
If you already have a 13ft beachcaster, why do you want a new one? Incidentally, no reason why you can't fish a fixed-spool on a multiplier rung rod, though coasters may make it awkward.

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:00 am
by eccles
Ah well, I expect his existing rod is rung for a multi and now he wants one rung for FS reel. That's how I read it anyway.

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:16 am
by rabbi2
A really good cheap alternative would be the Mitchell Challenge Pro Surf 363.
The recommended casting weight is 50 to 150 grams.
the downside or upside depending on your point of view is that it is a 3 piece rod.
The bite indication is superb and whilsts it ideal for the small stuff, it will easily cope with large cod.
keith :D :D