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What are some recommendations of good, reliable, saltwater fishing gear?

Surf fishing is really fun if you correctly target the species that is catchable.

It really all depends on what kind of fish you want to target, and where you will be targetting them.

One way to get a good answer, ........
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And the cheap way: Call a few small mom'n'pop tackle shops which are in the area your boys will fish and ask them what there is to catch in that specific area and what works for that area.

Beginners will do best with spinning gear; conventional reels are more prone to frustrating backlash.

If you really get into it, then you will undoubtedly amass a collection of surf fishing gear.... I have light spinning rods for flipping small lures in tight for corbina and perch, and I have some custom 12' one piece rods for targetting just barred surf perch, and I even have a custom 7' spinner just for casting 3/4 oz leadheads for halibut and perch.

I have friends in Hawaii who surf fish for ulua with huge lamiglass rods, and they cast big 4/0 reels on them with nearly a pound of lead. Yet, they also carry little whipping sticks to flip 1/8 oz jigs for papio.

.... it allllll depends. Yeah, I'd call a couple mom n' pop shops in your area and ask for the 'hot tip' on fun tackle.


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