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Date posted May 10, 2011 10:59 PM
Posted by RussD82
Report location New York > Central South Shore
Fishing method Surf
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Hit the incoming today from 11:30 to 2ish. Played around with A27 Green and Clam. FINALLY had a bite on clam that took me some time to get in and ......

oh noes bloody skate!!!!!! big healthy sucker at least but that was pretty much all i had time to catch before work

As a PS, would appreciate some advice on getting a new Spinning Reel for surfcasting somewhere around the sub 250 range. The gears on mine completely seized so i opened it up and lubed it with WD40 but no luck. Do have a Baitcaster to use for a while but would like to get another Spinner.


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Joined: 09/14/2010
Posts: 28
 05/11/2011 02:18 AM  

Overall, the 706z is the king of the surf, but it's more important to match the reel with your surf rod rather than going for a specific reel that may not balance well with the stick.

My two cents.

Joined: 05/12/2010
Posts: 21
Location: Bellerose
 05/11/2011 04:14 AM  

A friend of mine uses the Penn battle, works well with his gloomis

Joined: 05/02/2005
Posts: 2508
Location: Raritan Bay to MTK....
 05/11/2011 05:19 AM  

Sargus fan

I've been happy with the Penn Sargus SG 5000. The Penn Battle is a step up...and should serve you well. Just over a $100.00....I'm sure it's worth the money up

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Joined: 05/11/2002
Posts: 240
Location: central LI
 05/11/2011 05:50 AM  

I just got the penn conquer. pretty smooth so far!

Joined: 05/10/2010
Posts: 439
 05/11/2011 09:04 AM  

+1 for the Sargus. I have a 6000. If I had the money though I would no doubt get a penn battle.

Iplayfair wrote:

I've been happy with the Penn Sargus SG 5000. The Penn Battle is a step up...and should serve you well. Just over a $100.00....I'm sure it's worth the money up


Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 32
Location: montauk, ny
 05/11/2011 09:35 AM  


gonna have to disagree. those penns will be crap in a couple seasons if u get them wet in the surf. my buddy got one last year (sargus) and its already shot. the plueger xt reels are just as good if not better and are cheaper. like 65-80 bucks. ive had mine for 5 years and it still has a perfectly smooth drag (been submerged in saltwater countless times i swim to boulders in montauk with it). all surf reels should be given a good freshwater spray off after use and use corrosion x to reduce corrosion every once and a while. if ur gonna spend money (over $100)on a reel i wouldn't buy a penn.

Joined: 10/11/2010
Posts: 48
 05/11/2011 10:11 AM  

thanks a bunch... i read some good things about the Penn Battle so probably going to give that one a shot

Joined: 09/25/2010
Posts: 129
 05/11/2011 03:38 PM  

Quantum cabo is a nice reel too. just got one for my new trevala spinning setup and i really like it alot. i dont know how it would be in the surf but its a pretty good boat reel.As for the surf i have my VS150 but thats if you want to spend a little more $$$

This post edited by letemeat23 03:39 PM 05/11/2011

Joined: 06/08/2008
Posts: 10
Location: debs/jones
 05/11/2011 06:07 PM  

Any inexpensive reel you buy will turn to a ball of rust if not carefully maintained. That said i would avoid any new PENN reels. I hear good things about the Cabo reels but remember wash and dry every time and lube often or else you might not get too many trips out of any reel used in the suds. Good luck!

Joined: 11/24/2010
Posts: 223
Location: waist deep,brooklyn + queens
 05/11/2011 07:25 PM  


depends on the purpose that you will most often use it.PENN 706z cant be beat, you can find them on ebay, once in awhile at garage sales really cheap if the seller does'nt know what they have. new penns no good,I'd go with shimano stradic anytime just never lay it in sand and def lighty rinse after every use as with any reel. quantum boca or cabo have those nice sealed drag but not as smooth as stradic. you want to find something that has all metal body brass main gears five to seven ball bearings at the least and a sealed drag. never use wd-40 unless your using wd to clean and remove grease for preventative maintenance, always use reel grease and oil wd will degrade the grease. If you will be tossing chunks id pick up an old abu-garcia 5000 or 5500 conventional reel and learn to cast that for large chunks or heads. ANYWAY GOOD LUCK
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