- 08/01/2009 at 6:31 am #6726MATT12345Participant
Hi i am just getting into surfcasting and wondering if someone can give me some advice on buying a new rod and reel.
so far i have looked at the shimano eclipse, raider, beastmaster they are all 12ft is there any difference between these rods?
The beastmaster comes with a shimano aerlex xs 8000 reel for $200 is this a good combo? was also looking at the kilwell magnum 13ft6′ with matching reel from rebel sports for $100 as a cheaper option any advice would be much appreciated08/01/2009 at 10:37 pm #12094
I can’t really reccomend one rod over another, since I haven’t used any of the other ones you’ve mentioned. But I have two 12ft Beastmasters, and they are a fairly good rod in my opinion. I have a Tica Dolphin on one of them, and a Tica Cybernetic on the other. Also if you look in the Tackle section, there is I think several topics on rods/reels.09/01/2009 at 8:04 am #12110
Not to sure on the shimanos as I haven’t handled them other then in a shop but buy the best you can afford no one has ever regretted buying quality09/01/2009 at 8:14 am #12111
personally i would go with what ever you could afford as for the rods you listed id say the beastmaster but there is also a combo at hunting and fishing beastmaster 14′ and same shimano reel for 249 or a beastmaster and navi 8000xta for 300. i wouldnt get the kilwell set up as i hav seenthese in a shop nd too be they just dont see to be of very good quality i personally wouldnt buy one10/01/2009 at 2:59 pm #12124SevengillzParticipant
Go cheap for starters!
You dont need to be forking out $300 for a surf combo if you are just starting out .I started out with a warehouse brand 12footer and I still have it.I packed it away and upgraded to two kilwell 1403su’s (14footers) beaut rods but the reels needed replacing before long.I basically learnt with these rods and they were used most weekends.I ended up giving one to my mate who was starting out then pretty much the day after,I smashed mine in the car door .
Pros-They are cheap,comfy with a good action,light but heavy enough to take a beating and basically well balanced with good length in the butt section.Cons- the reel that makes up the combo.I also have a brandnew 15ft silstar which is pretty much on par with the likes of kilwell and jarvis walker etc.Although I prefer the kilwell rods out of the 3.I have my trusty 16foot penn powerstick which cost me $300 and that is probably the most I will spend on a surfcaster.
Basically all im trying to say is you dont need to startout with the expensive gear.Start with the cheaper but quality gear and suss out what you need in a rod and what works for the areas you fish.Sometimes that $150 combo will fit better than that $400 one.
Please take no notice if you have more money than brains11/01/2009 at 6:01 am #12129MiliwolfParticipant
I always thought $300 was cheap for a rod/reel combo .12/01/2009 at 4:14 am #12145stormParticipant
my first surfcaster was kencor 12ft combo cost me 65 bucks band new off trademe landed some pretty big sharks with it too the only thing ive had to do to it was replace the plastic eye on the tip with a ceramic one
i have upgraded to a 14ft prokat with a tica cybernetic but ive still have got and still use the old combo best 65 bucks i ever spent13/01/2009 at 2:45 am #12155
My first Surfcaster was a 12ft Jarvis Walker 12kg + Jarvis Walker Reel, same reel that came with my 7ft Jarvis Walker. Got the Jarvis Walker 12ft combo for $49 new, and the 7ft combo new for around $37. Both off trademe. I replaced the reels on both after a while, but when I caught an average size stingray at Bluff wharf, it was on the original 12ft combo. Still caught a lot of good fish on that rod, including some big school sharks and kahawai.13/01/2009 at 4:11 am #12160HookLineSinkerParticipant
My first decent rod was a jarvis walker combo, parents bought it for me. I still use the rod now and amazingly for some reason it still catches most of my fish dont really know why. The reel that came with it only lasted a couple of years but the rod is still going strong although showing signs of wear, having caught hundreds of fish with it though and many of these being biggish fish its understanderble, and it was just a cheapie from one of the local sports stores.13/01/2009 at 4:19 am #12162
my first surf rod i got as a xmas gift from my dad it was a kilwell kondor surf king. it had caught alot of good kahawai school sharks stingrays and various other species i no longer use it but still hav it and hav really only stopped using it in the last year or so i cant remember what the reel was but it gac=ve me about 5 or 6 years use then i needed to upgrade a few times15/01/2009 at 2:15 am #12199gunnercoopsParticipant
I am looking at a beachcaster as the one I have is donkeys years old and weighs a tonne, I was looking at the 14′ beast master, saw it in fishermans loft in ChCh, and see it has been recommended on this post…have any of you used one, and why do you recommend it? I have been a trout man most of my life so a wee help here may save me splahing out on something unsuitable. Thanks.17/01/2009 at 1:03 am #12212
ihav just bought a 14′ beastmaster have been using a 12 footer but got given a voucher for a present at hunting and fishing so thought id go use it the rod was 15018/01/2009 at 7:33 pm #12243gunnercoopsParticipant
Got a 14′ this weekend too…now need the sea to calm down.
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