View Full Version : Spinning Advice

02-27-2002, 02:11 PM
I am considering adding a suitable spinning outfit to my arsenal, but I have very limited experiance in this field (especially salt-water capable outfits). Any advice on a good mid-range (price wise) rod, reel etc would be much appreciated.


02-27-2002, 02:28 PM
Penn 4400 or 5500SS is pretty standard for light to medium SW spinning. Other than a few early problems with the anti-reverse mechanism failing that they finally seem to have fixed, I've been happy with them. Also, parts are more widely available for Penn than for other reels, although a place like Bucko's in Fall River carries just about any part for any reel.

The Daiwa Regal metal reel series and Shimano Baitrunner are also decent mid-priced reels that will hold up for years if maintained.


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Bob Parsons
02-27-2002, 02:37 PM
the 4400 on a medium action 7' St Croix
or the Daiwa

You can save a few bucks on these rods by purchasing then at Spag's in Shrewsbury

02-27-2002, 03:07 PM
Last year I baught a Shakespeare Uglystick and Shakespeare SS reel. The whole thing was about $80. I don't use that often. But last year I used it for a whole week on large Snook and Reds. I like it.

02-27-2002, 04:15 PM
I've got a Shimano Solstace 4000FE on a 6.5' St.Croix. Bought it this summer and am so far I'm very happy with it.

I was originally looking at the Penn as well but the guy at the shop felt as though - on the smaller stuff - Shimano was better. Not sure if he's right...but I'm happy so far.

02-27-2002, 04:17 PM
I fish a Penn rod, 7ft M/H action. I don;t know the model off hand bu I know it was a new model for 2001. As for the reel, Tica Camry GP series, again I don;t know the model number. I used 15lb test most of the season and switched to 25lb late season. I loved the setup. The rod and reel were fairly light, however the reel did get a little heavy. I don;t know the weight but I know I have felt Okuma's that seemed half as light. But they were not as smooth. This setup took alot of abuse and is still in great condition. All together it cost me around 125 for the combo.

02-27-2002, 04:24 PM
I forgot...late in the season when I hooked into some bigger fish with heavier line...the tension on the rod made the reel literally pull out of the reel seats. The pen rods, at least similar ones I have seen use a lightweight aluminum seat clamp to hold the reel in. The rod was rated at 17lb...it held at 17...not at 25. The reel didn't fall out but it did bend the seats and it got lose a couple of times. I shouldn't have stressed the rod that much with heavier line and higher drag. but its ready to go for this year..

02-27-2002, 05:09 PM
What's your budget? St Croix 7'choose your line weight and action. Redington spinning rods are great too. Okuma Epix reel #30 with 6:1 retrieve, or TICA Libra 3000 or 3500. Those will last several seasons if cared for. I have caght stripers and blues up to 17 lbs with those rods. I like one piece, but have a 2 and 3 piece too. St Croix Tidemaster series for heavier duty. Rod $120 to $210, reels about $65.

02-27-2002, 08:30 PM
I also use a st croix but have the 8'6" Wild River version, designed for salmon and steelhead. It's long enough to really huck a lure over waves from the beach but light enough to have fun with schoolies. I use 12 lb test on a Penn ss4400 reel. I tried the shimano sahara which felt great at the store but mine breaks all the time. The penn is not as smooth but never has problems. I've caught stripers to 38" on this setup and some decent size dorado too. It's the best spinning setup I've ever owned.

02-28-2002, 08:51 AM
Rick Caton from Custom Sound Charters in NC.
2 years ago I bought 4 4400ss Penn reels and 4 spl 1100 6'6" Ugly Stick spinning rods for using on my 18' outboard that I use running Light spinning tackle ,flyfishing trips on.
Since then we have caught several thousand of the 2 -8 pound Stripers and quite a few Redfish in the same range on these reels.
The rods are great but those reels are a piece of crap.

I don't think that the graphite housing was a good idea.Mine held together fairly good for the first season,..but by the end of the season they were going to pieces.
I right now am going through the same dilemma,fore these reels aren't going to make it this season and the guy that I get my tackle from who is an expert reel repairman says that he doesn't even know what to recommend to replace them.
For occasinal use they are probaly great,..but I have abused mine .I use 20lb.mono on mine fore we fish alot around and in the pilings with a fair amount of tide,..and use a fair amount of drag.
The best reel that I have used in that size range is the Penn 712Z but they were supposedly discontinued this year.
They worked great for bottomfishing in 50 to 120 feet of water for Seabass and Triggerfish. I have 6 of those on my 42'charterboat that have held up through 8 years of winching on the Stripers and winching in Seabass and Triggerfish bottomfishing in 70 to 120 feet of water.
They have tough gears and a 3/1 gear ratio which is great for what I use them for but not so great for a fast retreive type of situation.
Good luck on your choice,......I'm definatly open for suggestions.

02-28-2002, 10:21 AM
Last year I added a spinning rod/reel to my arsenal.
I have been using conventional gear for 20+ years.
I picked up 2 Penn Power Graph reels. a 3000 that I
run 12lb test and a 4000 with 15lb test. Last year I
fished the canal almost everyday. I'll admit 12lb test
is light for the canal. I have the 3000 on a loomis 1266 10 1/2 foot rod ( Light action ). I landed a lot of school
bass and also got into some bonito. I found the drag to be
very smooth even under the blazing run of a Bonito. There are 2 things with these reels. (1) rinse them with warm water after use. The roller on the bail tends to clog with
salt. (2) the screws loosened up. Keep an eye on them.
Price range was $50.
Good Luck

02-28-2002, 10:22 AM
for light spinfishing, I'm enjoying the new InterCoastal UglyStik. nice soft tip loads nicely on the "backcast" to send light lures a good distance, yet plenty of strength and backbone. regarding the reel, I've been real pleased with the Shimano Stradic... mechanically, its been trouble-free for 3 years without professional service (just rinse-down in-season and basic winter cleaning/sevice)... super smooth, trouble-free drag that has no problem handling big bass, blues or albies.

02-28-2002, 12:29 PM
thanks everyone,
I will try to digest some of this info over the next TWO MONTHS !!!!


02-28-2002, 01:49 PM
I use 7ft, 1pc Shimano Compre graphite rods for fishing the Monomoy flats and surrounding waters every weekend in the summer. Coupled with either the Penn4400S or Fin-nor Estima400, the rods balance perfectly and work well fitted with 10Lb test.
Of the reels, I prefer the Fin-nor which is still trouble free after 3 years and many fish up to 28Lbs.

The Compre rod + Estima400 should run you about $150 for the package.

Good Luck in your choice.

03-01-2002, 07:22 AM
For quick and easy... penn 4500ss and a seven foot
ugly stick. total cost about 140.00

03-01-2002, 02:12 PM
I concur on Penn 4500SS reel and matching seven-foot rod. Before making any purchase, check out the Bass Pro Shops catalog or its Web site. That company can rarely be beat on price, and its service -- including a no-hassle returns policy -- is excellent.