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What is a good baitcaster for the surf?...plan on putting it on a BPS Ocean master or cape point rod in the 11-12 foot range. I have looked around but havnt found much that is big enough for the surf.

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The most popular is the Penn 525 mag. I use the Tica Gemini GN300. The 525 doesn't have a levelwind, so you need to know how to use one.

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Do you know any websites where i can look for some or look around at some different models? How big are they, line capacity and such?

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525 mags, great reels,,,15lb line 250 yds,,,I use 17lb suffix and get darn close to 250 yds of line on the reel,,,smallish reel but very comfortable to use when casting

http://www.pennreels.com/

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Is there any models that are levelwind??? what about one of the bigger ( 7000 ) series abu garcias

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Abus are great reels,,,IMHO, the levelwind could be a problem when throwing due to the shock leader knot getting hung up on the level wind.

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The Tica Gemini is a level wind, I didn't use a shock leader, I spooled it with 20# Sufix Superior, 420 Yards of 17#, 310 Yards of 20# and 240 yards of 25#.

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I have a couple of penn squidders. I am looking foward to the fling to see what kind of gear everyone has.

Still trying to get the hang of the squidders!

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The one I use is the Diawa 30 SHV (now the SHA). Even though the penn 525 will throw farther I would still go with the diawa because it has a clicker that's worth something. The Diawa's have the loudest clickers that I know of that you can use in the surf. Also, it is a lot more user friendly and low maintainance. The SHA series comes in 4 sizes (20, 30, 40, 50) with the 30 being just about perfect for me with 295 yards of 20 lb. test. I think the 20 holds 220 yards of 20 lb. test. Another thing I like about the reel is that in freespool the spool disengages from the shaft, like a TOTAL freespool. It comes with 2 sets of casting brakes, red for slower and white for faster. Trust me you need them. I would go with the red brakes because it's much easier to cast and you can still cast it a long way. One downside is that it has a gearbox (penn 525 has it also) that gets in the way but you can learn to deal with it. I would spool it with 20 lb. suffix tritanium plus. With an Ocean Master rod you have a dam* nice combo. $120 at www.basspro.com

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The one I use is the Diawa 30 SHV (now the SHA). Even though the penn 525 will throw farther I would still go with the diawa because it has a clicker that's worth something. The Diawa's have the loudest clickers that I know of that you can use in the surf. Also, it is a lot more user friendly and low maintainance. The SHA series comes in 4 sizes (20, 30, 40, 50) with the 30 being just about perfect for me with 295 yards of 20 lb. test. I think the 20 holds 220 yards of 20 lb. test. Another thing I like about the reel is that in freespool the spool disengages from the shaft, like a TOTAL freespool. It comes with 2 sets of casting brakes, red for slower and white for faster. Trust me you need them. I would go with the red brakes because it's much easier to cast and you can still cast it a long way. One downside is that it has a gearbox (penn 525 has it also) that gets in the way but you can learn to deal with it. I would spool it with 20 lb. suffix tritanium plus. With an Ocean Master rod you have a nice combo. $120 at www.basspro.com

That's the only thing that I don't care for with the penn,,,lack of a loud clicker and and I do wish it would hold a little bit more line, but if it did, it probably wouldn't be as comfortable of a reel due to the increase in reel size in relationship to the size of my hands,,,I think the 525 is the most comfortable reel around,,,no problem with the gear box and actually I find it one of the most user friendly reels,,,for some reason it gets a bad rap for being wild,,,with the setting set at slow and a couple extra mags from radio shack, which takes no more than a few minutes to install, it's one of the friendliest reels around.

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