Rod for targeting kingfish from the beach - recommedations

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Rod for targeting kingfish from the beach - recommedations

Postby Smacks » Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:41 pm

Hi guys. 


I'm looking for a short bud rod with reel mounted low on the rod, 13-15ft, 7-8oz casting weight and enough back bone to target kingfish from the beach. The reason and some background is stated below if you want to read a little more. 


We recently moved to New Plymouth, NZ. Few guys here got my back into surf casting after predominantly focussing on deepsea fishing for the last few years back in South Africa. 


The one thing that really got my attention here is the potential to target kingfish from the beach and catching one from the beach has become a goal. 


We use to fish for them with dead bait from the boat back in SA, but reading up a little and listening to the locals they are sort of surprised when they catch one on dead bait. Accept for the breakwater, we don't really have rocks and ledges here to target them from as most of the guys do on the east coast. So the plan is to slide livebait from the beach. 


I suppose using a fixedspool/grinder is easier but growing up with overhead I've decided to go that route. The reel of choice is a Avet LX MC. The reason is the lever drag and the ability to manage the drag from free spool to light and right up to full to keep them out of the rocks. 


The challenge that I'm faced with is pairing the reel wit a suitable rod. I'm looking for a short bud rod with reel mounted low on the rod, 13-15ft, 7-8oz casting weight and enough back bone.


Doing a little research I've learned that the general trend of blank design is cater more for a C curve that is more suited towards fixed spool reel and not the J curve and the type of curve I'm used to. Some manufactures do offer casting models, but these are the same blank with the eyes being placed on or on the opposite side of the spine. A few guys said that these blanks work well, but you need to slow down your casting action. 


Reading through a few post, I think that there are a few guys here with the required knowledge to give some sound advice and I would really appreciate it.


Do you guys have some rods over in Aus that you can recommend or perhaps some alternatives? 


I had a look at getting a rod from South Africa but getting it to NZ is $400 min just for the shipping. 
Smacks
 
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