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saltflyguy
07-09-2000, 06:45 PM
Hello,

I have been wanting to catch a tuna and I am going to go offshore and catch some blue sharks. Can you guys reccomend any cheap starting outfits? Anybody know about Bass Pro Shops Gold Cup rods? How about Old Florida fly reels?

thanks in advance,

Matt

cwn
10-06-2000, 10:16 PM
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! ESPECIALLY IN SALT WATER. BESIDES WHY RISK LOSING THE FISH OF A LIFETIME BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO CHEAP TO BUY QUALITY EQUIPMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Shepherd
10-10-2000, 01:44 PM
This response is way late, but I too had the same question
recently, wanting to get into the school bluefin game w/not
too great an investment to start. After some research and a
little luck, I settled on a new Penn 4 which I found on
bigfishtackle.com for $200 (!) and a Loomis Nautikos 13/15,
which I found used on e-bay and for which I submitted a
winning bid of $325. Not a GREAT casting or lifting rod, but
it's overall performance certainly puts it in the very good
category for both criteria. Consensus seems to be lifting
power is as critical if not more so than casting in an
off-shore rod, at least based on my research. The Penn,
meanwhile, is a very fine reel; I own a 2.5 that I use for a
lot of my striper/albie fishing, and it's been a real
workhorse w/no failures in five years. And who knows more
about drags than Penn? (Just do yourself a favor if you do
go this route: order an extra drag knob retaining screw to
keep in your repair kit. Order two. This screw is the key to
keeping the whole drive works together. If/when you get an
extra spool for the reel, or do any field stripping, you're
bound to watch the little bastard as it sinks to the depths
after you fumble-fingered it over the side). Your other
reply is correct—you get what you pay for. But I do believe
that there is some very, very fine tackle out there at
moderate prices, moderate at least when compared to the
top-shelf stuff. We all fall under the spell of marketing,
and feel we just ain't fishing up to our true potential if
we aren't gunning w/a $1500 outfit, but it's just not true.
What do you think the guys who pioneered these fisheries w/a
fly rod were using back in the 50s/60s/early 70s? True, some
were using Seamasters and FinNors and the like, but a lot of
Medalist '98s and Garcia fiberglass sticks combined to beat
a lot of very big fish back then. Another thought: used
tackle is another great way to save some money. Get on the
internet, and/or scour the Wan