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New to Fishing - Reels/Rods???

Discussion in 'Tackle Talk' started by jumma, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. jumma

    jumma New Member

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    Hi all

    I have recently had a go at "real" fishing for the first time last weekend. A mate took me out in his Quintrex which is very well set up for outside fishing. We fished in 40-50 metres and caught half a dozen large flathead, around 45-60 cm each. We were using a braided line on reels with a double hook set up and a large sinker. The hooks we used were flathead hooks for obvious reasons. Now my question is which line do I need?

    I want to do some outside fishing for larger fish such as king, snapper etc and I also want to do some lighter fishing in rivers and lakes for smaller flathead, bream, whiting, tailor etc...

    I imaging I need a differnet rod/reel set up for each case. One being a heavier duty (outside) and the other being a lighter duty (inside). I image the first would warrant braided and the other a lighter mono line.

    Has anyone got any tips as to which rod/reel combos are a good start without spending too much. I dont mind spending around $200 for each set up all up! Or is this just not enough? For a decent quality that is!!!

    Thanks for any advice...

    Cheers

    Jumma
     
  2. SA_Angler

    SA_Angler New Member

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    Well jumma every one like to use there own brands spinning or overhead. I perfer to use a Pflueger rod & reel with braid spinning and overhead for my light gear. I use Shimano overhead with Maxima Ultragreen 30kg line for my snapper. I also have lots more roods & reels but these ones are my fav and i spent $250 each for the Pflueger and $300 for the shimano. But if you go to your local tackle shop and say what your looking for how much you want to spend they will help thats what i did...........
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    Cheers SA_Angler..
     
  3. Michael

    Michael New Member

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    Surprise everyone and try Fly Fishing :)
    Not all the fish are the size of the one in my avatar .lololololol.
     
  4. gone_fishing

    gone_fishing New Member

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    dont do ant seriuos out side fishing but live at lake macquaire and use a drop shot 2-4kg rod with a shimano reel 6lb braid
    have caught afew good size flat head 60 cm plus with out to much trouble getting them in also some nice bream
    so i dont think personally you need a light combo much heavier for around bays
    payed under 200 im sure others may dis agree also have an old glassmaster (len burton rod i think cant read the name no more ) with a rainbow rd50 reel with 10lb braid that is a real fighting stick around the lake but not very sensitive compared to the drop shot
    thats my experince hope it helps but definatly talk to a few poeple see what the trends are and any good tackle shop can set you up just ask
    all the best
     
  5. Rob Roffey

    Rob Roffey New Member

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    Any tackle shop worth their weight will steer you in the right direction , in more ways than one , they will help you with tackle selection and may even tell you about some hot spots
     
  6. ziller

    ziller New Member

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    jumma , i got a 6ft spin combo from bcf for $100 .
    its an ugly stik with a shakespeare overhead real and it comes with 12pound line.
    it works an absolute treat, and you wanna see the bend on it.
     
  7. jumma

    jumma New Member

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    Thanks all to advice!

    I picked up a Takota rod, 6 ft with a Saltist overhead 40H. It goes well. I have about 30 lb braid on it. I took it out a few eeks ago off the Illawarra coast where I live in Wollongong and fish time I caught my very first king. He was a 80cm and he put up a good fight. Caught him just 400m off south beach too. Caught on squid, packet not fresh!!!!

    I also picked up a Daiwa rod, reel combo for up to 4 kg estuary fishing. It hasnt caught anything yet. It is an egg beater and I have been playing with lure casting with it a bit, which I really enjoy.

    All up these two outfits cost me just ubder 500 coins with good quality braided and mono line for both and a few other bits and pieces. I got the Saltist for $220 which I though was pretty good compared to most prices I had found on the net. I bought the saltist as I was impressed with the reviews I have read compared to the shimano ie. tekota etc.....

    Anyhow - thanks to all, I will be getting lots of use out of my gear this year and hopefully catch a few more of those kings as they taste great (we cooked him up on BBQ for tea that night, he feed eigth of us)...

    Cheers

    Jumma
     

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