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I am looking for a lightweight beachcaster 12ft to 13ft casting around 2-5oz. I still need to pendulum cast with it. Any ideas guys? I have been using a Conoflex Nemesis Plus for the last few years and will still continue to do so as it is a great rough ground rod. However I don't need that kind of power while bass fishing on my local beach. I need it to have a good bite registration while still being relatively stiff to handle a good cast. A 100yds or so would be more than adequate.
 

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Fox have brought out an excellent range of sea rods .

I have ordered the Beach caster trex and the Boat rod trex of which only the boat rod has arrived, but I am very pleased with it.

However the Beachcaster was reviewed in magazine and got a very good write up so may I suggest you go to the Fox website and have a look.

At both the Trex and Impressa serries. You too may well be as happy as I.

Leeshore
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Cheers thanks for that. I've had a look at the website, catalogue and the reviews written about these rods and they certainly sound and look the biz.
 

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Seangler,
Ever consider buying a good quality Carp rod for the beach? I use a 12' carp rod with a 3lb test curve and find it ideally suited for a 3-4oz leads.
 

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have you looked at the century tip tornado lite/ultra lite rods

or for penduluming up to 5oz look at the zipplex f2

the zziplex f3 should also suit your needs

macky
 

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When I 'returned' to sea fishing I started fishing the beaches on the East coast during family visits as the short casting rod I use in the Menai Straits hardly cleared the first few breakers. I'd bought a Daiwa bass rod (2 - 4oz) but even this was limited given my poor casting technique.

I read some reviews and eventually spoke to Julian Shambrook (and some of his customers!) The Rubber Shark TNG is 13' long and gave me 100yds the first time I used it straight out of it's packaging! It will cast 6oz with ease, BUT will also easily cast 2oz when the need arrises and I want the bait to move about for species closer to shore. This is with an Abu multiplier but with a Fxd. spool it will easily flick out and spin with a Toby spoon. It's light enough to hold if you are roving or the weather is buffeting everything about. The finish is superlative when compared with ANYTHING else. At 63 I won't ever need another rod, unless someone steals this one! Yes I've got other rods for more specialist pursuits (17' float rod for pouting and Wrasse, 16' Heavy Feeder for freelining and FEEDER fishing, and a plugging rod. BUT when I just want to carry one rod and face ANY circumstance then the Shark's the thing!

I've had it just under twelve months and am now beginning to appreciate what a bargain I've got! (No I'm not getting a comission - don't really need another rod!)
 

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SA - where is this local bass beach of ours :) and do you really need to cast 100 yards for them :D

Any so called 'bass rod' would probably do the trick (I would like to have a swish about with the Diawa Supercast Bass). One problem I have found with bass rods is that they come with fixed reel seats, which is a good thing, BUT the seat is always placed to far up the butt for my liking - I had to shorten the butt on my bass rod by 6 inches to make it comfortable to use. It's now one of my favourite rods and gets used for everything from light beach work to spinning for callig from the rocks and even wrassing. I have had bass on it as well, but not as many as I would like.

Rubber sharks seem to get rave reviews from everyone who has one. Swellyman, fancy sending yours over to IOM for me to have a play with ? Better still, bring it over in person at the end of June and see how it goes with a tope on the other end :)
 

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You never know oh Viking fisher. We like islands and have never visited yours!
If i'm there you can have a go with it and it's sure to laugh at Tope.

Remember it's only an all-rounder if that's what you choose to do with it. I find that when I decide to fish in a particular way - spin, plug or float - that I can never concentrate properly on one method if I'm trying to fish two! That's why the Shark's so good. It forces me to concentrate because I've only got one lot of terminal tackle in the water! I'm hoping to get another butt made up so that I can use the top section (brilliant!) as the basis of a light boat rod when I get my dinghy out this year. It's only 9' long and 13' seems a bit long.

Ring Shambrook and explain that you'd like to try one out, and see if there is a customer of his (he'll be the one with a smile on his face!) in the land of the tailess dog, then you can contact him for a tryout.

Re: Bass. I've never caught one from the shore that wasn't within a 60 yd distance, most were within 40yds, mostly on a rising tide. The distance(!??!) casting is for the East coast beaches for the (as yet mythical) cod. I've caught codling (to about 2 half lb). When I fish what passes for surf there I only catch Pouting and little flatties which is why I use a Feeder rod that close in. The Shark was great in the Kelp off Northumberland (God's own country! round Embleton and Dunstanborough Castle, which also has a golf course!!) The only Bass from the East coast was a sardine sized one INSIDE Southwold harbour on a light spinning rod.
 

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What I would be really interested in is a rod that doesnt catch dogfish :D

I am going to give fly fishing a go this year - I just know that I will still catch a dogfish...

I like them really, they certainly beat blanking and they are kind enough to come in pairs and even treble shots :)
 

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Now there's a thought! Use big bodied flys soaked in attractant and fish them slowly! Put down some groundbait down first though!

Perhaps the suggested first monthly fishing contest should be for Dogfish?
 

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I currently have an expert working on designing some dogfish and conger flies. I quite like the idea of an angry eel on my 8 weight fly rod. Exciting!

Rhod.

PS Not joking either
 

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Hi Leeshore,
Just read your item on Fox Trek beach rods. Interested to know what your opinion is on the 6 piece TREK 11'6'' - as I am new to fishing and plan to fish off sandy beaches along the French Atlantic coast I wanted something more practical for travel etc... also looking to marry rod up with DAIWA EMCAST 5500 fixed spool. The rod is around £70 and the reel £55 which I thought was probably the right amount of money to spend as a beginner.

Appreciate your comments.
 

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definately the tip tonado. thin light and powerful enough to pendulum. a ournanent casting freind of mine uses one and pendulums 7oz with it. its also a rod light enough to fish close in or for estury work.
 
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