Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2004 8:19 am Post subject: Spinning Reels
I don't think there is anything wrong with your reel setup. Those 6500's are great workhorse reels. I've owned Shiman Calcuttas and they are much smoother on the retrieve but I don't see much difference in casting distance between the two. Unless you are over thumbing the spool I think you will find that the baitcasters are best and much more comfortable to fish than a spinning reel. We use spinning reels to throw pencil poppers on big 13 foot rods and they work great for that fishing from a boat in spillway areas to get well inside the buoy lines right to the base of the spillways.
The biggest factor in getting more distance is the length of your rod. An 8 footer or similar action will always throw farther than a 7 footer, etc. etc. I think anything much over 9 ft. will do a number on your back though.
A 7"-12" ac plug on a stout 9 ft. rod w/baitcaster should be able to be thrown plenty far (40 yards or more). The fish you are targeting from shore will follow that plug right up to your shoetops. Many, many big fish have been hooked in a foot or two of water especially during low light periods where they like to trap baitfish in the shallows.
You can target deeper water from shore by throwing off of a main lake point which is excellent place to target for bass and stripers. Try flats and coves too and mix it up.
Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2004 6:27 am Post subject: rods
Yes, all (most) these striper fisherman here in the Las Vegas area and the guys in the Nevada striper club, usre spinning reels. I don't use them. I use conventinal reels. I like the drag better. I can cast pretty far too.
Joined: 04 Jan 2004 Posts: 223 Location: South Lake Tahoe
Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:19 pm Post subject:
in a previous life, I was a serious ocean surfcaster, and for max distance, you really want a ten to twelve foot rod, a monster spinning reel, and the technique, which incolves laying your bait on a flat, sandy area, halfway behind you, then starting from your hips like a major-league baseball player, rotating from slow to fast, sweeping your bait off the ground and letting fly with precision. With this method and the right gear, casts of close to 200 yards are possible.
Back on the east coast, I would send a 4 -ounce pyramid sinker and a 15 inch live eel a country mile with this method for stripers. Deadly.
As for all you other guys, I don't like Berkely Vanish; Seaguar fluorocarbon makes some of the best fluoro on the market, and for basic mono, it's hard to beat Berkely Trilene. This line also consistently breaks above its stated line strength. Eight pound breaks at about eleven pounds, and Trilene Big Game 10 pound is recognized for world records by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) as 'eight-kilogram class', which means for their record keeping purposes, 10 pound Berkely Big Game is considered to have a breaking strength of 17.6 pounds (eight kilograms) _________________
Joined: 21 Feb 2006 Posts: 190 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:18 pm Post subject:
I just filled my reels with P-Line Floroclear. I'm glad to see that P-Line has had a good rep for this many years. I've been running an heavy 8ft pole these past few years and it has done well casting as described here but may be ready to step up to a longer rig. Sportsmans warehouse just reopened in Vegas and looking at their online store I see a Lamiglas Surf King Series Spinning Rod in 11ft med-fast/med-hvy action. I've always been more partial to spinning reels but maybe it's time to try a bait caster.
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