I don't know who told you that Penn reels don't do well with braids but I don't agree with that. I have three Penn reels a 310Gti, a 975International and a 525Mag I use Power Pro on all of them. It is a great line. Of course you have to put a backing of 10 or 15 yards of Monofilament to use as a shock absorber and to prevent your braided line from sliping. I usually load my reels with 50# Power pro. Is a powerful line and it has the diameter of a 12# test monofilament.
Try the 20# Fireline you will be amazed with the distance you get with casting , and the sensitivity you feel when working a bucktail. It will give you far less wind knots then power pro. the only issue I have with the "braids " is that when they are used with most graphite rods there is very little room for error because there is no stretch. This will effect things like hook sets, working certain lures ( pencil poppers )breakoffs. But we learn.
Never had problems with Penn reels and braid either. I tend to work with Spiderwire. Had ONE bad workout with Fireline..kinda scared me away from it. Not the reels fault.
If you want advice on mono you can't beat Berk Big game in 15# or 17 depending on what your doing with the rod. I also like Ande Pink but it seems to dry out and stiffen in the heat quicker. Not very UV friendly!
Which is probably a sign that you should be fishing at night anyway! d^)
I have a 10ft St.croix and use a penn 6500. I use 30lbs test FireLine.
Tried power pro recently #50
Didnt like it. Wind Knot city!
Even the line snapped on the cast after
it tide itself to the guides.
Couldnt believe it, 50lbs test...
Never experienced anything like that with fireline.
My buddy at work bought #30lbs power pro
slapped it on the penn liveliner and was
livelining a peanut bunker when the reel
started to scream he clicked the mechanism over and SNAP!!!
He checked it out and it wasnt a knot failure. The line looked Frayed.
No matter what the case I'm going to stick with what works.
No need to test any other line out there!
I used 30# Fireline on my 6500 last season and it worked great. No specific problems (specific to the reel).
However, if you are new to surf fishing I suggested stay with mono for a few seasons. Big Game or Ande is my preference. IMO mono is easier for a new caster to work with and it certainly still takes a great many fish inspite of the number of other casters using the super braids these days.
Later after you get some surf experience under your belt you can try one of the super braids.
Both fireline and power pro are good lines , especially in the surf with plugs and jigs. I find the fireline a bit stronger and less susceptible to break offs around rocks but nothing cast further than the power pro, making it great on the open beach. Now, about braids wearing out the guides? If you're using quality guides like Fugi, you should have no problems with either power pro or fireline.
I think that all of those stories you hear about braids and fireline cutting into guides were a problem with the first generation super-lines, like spiderline which is a non braided spectra fiber line.
The new generation lines like power pro and fireline are so superior to that that once you get used to using those lines you won't use anything else.
Why use mono because its cheaper. $$$
If your first starting out surfcasting
better off working out the kinks first
You can get 900 yds of mono on the
average for $6 or $7 bucks.
If you happen to get a wind knots,rats nest or Bucktailing and snag on a rock
no problem if you have to cut the line
so be it.
No try that with braid your talkin anywhere from $13 to $16 just for 125yds
or 150 yds. It can get expensive if you dont know what your doing or how to fish certain lures.
Best bet start off with mono then switch
over to either Power pro,fireline or whatever other braid line is out there
when you become more experienced.
Some guys like using mono and have no need for the super braids.
You might like one brand of braided line
and switch over to another brand and have problems.
I suggested mono first, especially for a new caster, not only for the cost facter but because it's easier to work with (make knots, load onto the reel etc) and generally doesn't cut your fingers (as much) as the braids.
There's nothing wrong with mono, beginner or surf vet. Mono still takes it's good share of big fish. The biggest bass I had last year was taken on mono.
The braids have some advantages such as distance, no stretch, better feel of the lure or fish, and heavier test for smaller diameter. But they also take some getting use to, are more expensive, require special knots and leaders, etc.