Here I am in picton and a fights broken out.
Fish with whatever you have and hit whatever rod you have untill you can not wring any more distance out of it.
I have spent a lot of time on paddocks practicing and getting couching via the web from top casters worldwide to get where I am now ( and I have a long way to go yet )
Yes my gear is pricey and I make no bones about if you want to get to world class you have to have world class gear .
One of my rods gets used as a fshing rod regulay its light and shows bites nicely it also will launch the 3 and 4 oz leads a long way a measuered 220 meters on the 3 oz at a welly casting day .
The other rod is a beast of a thing it wuld take a decent fish to even show up so its only used over grass.
The reels have been hot rodded for casting with adjustable magnetic braking but thats all.
Wilderness is right about distacne loss with baits .On a day were I was hitting 210s i could get with 150 or so with a clipped down bait ( gulp shad thingee so I didnt leave bits of pilly on the field ) with one of my fishing reels.