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Anyone got a spare thumb as mine is a bit battered and bruised and slightly swollen, just kidding I know all about the aids for protecting my thumb when casting.

After getting back into fishing again after a break of 3 or 4 years I've decided this time to do things completly differently to how I have always done it, I've started fishing with my reel down the butt when I have always fished with it up I've started using a reel without a level wind when I have always used one with levelwind, and the reason for me having a sore thumb, I've always cast using a overhead thump before I've now decided in my wisdom to teach myself how to pendulum cast.

I think that for a beginner I'm doing ok, before I was getting around 80 yards I'm now getting 120+ so I've increased my cast by 50% I know that in time, given a little perserverence that I should easily be able to do better.

What will make this easier will be using the right equipment, I know that my reels are ok, Penn 525mag and I'm waiting for a ct cage for may Abu 6500 mag, the problem is my rod, I'm trying to teach myself pendulum casting using a MK1 Apollo with a 5oz weight, so I'm hadicapping myself straight off by using a 5oz weight on a 6oz rod I just prefer using 5oz's.

Anyway back to the point (I tend to ramble) I'm thinking of a new rod the choices up to now are:

1) Century Kompressor Sport

2) Zziplex V-max f2

3) Greys Syntra

So suggestions as to which of these will be best suited for fishing clean sandy beaches (I'll still have the Apollo for the rough stuff) that someone who's 5'9" tall and is a fit 11 stone in weight will be able to progress his pendulum cast with but still has a nice firm action, I know not asking much am I

Thanks for any help you may offer and sorry for the long post
 

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Hello Barrie,
The only rod out of the three you've narrowed your selection down to that i have had experience with is the Greys Syntra, a superbly light powerful rod which is specifically designed for down the butt casting.
The rod comes with a custom made rod bag with neoprene rod bands as well as a lifetime guarantee (as long as you were the original buyer).
Have you considered the Century carbon metal which i think is quite similar in performance and price.
No doubt you'll get a lot of feedback about the other rods you've mentioned especially the Century Kompressor as there seems to be a lot of them on the beaches these days. Hope this has been of some help.
 

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Thanks for the feed-back, I think that's the one I'm leaning towards as I've been happy with my Apollo and I've owned both Century's and Zippy's in the past, though they've been great at first they tended to soften up over a few months use until the action bore no resemblence of what it was like when new, which I have not found to be a problem with the Greys.
 

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Hi Barrie,

I would reccomend the F2. I have used the century ( owned a tip tornado super match) and it was a great rod. I have also managed to use an F2. The F2 is one hell of a rod. The only prob you may have is that it is 14ft long. You can use it for off the ground, which I would reccommend mastering before you even attempt the pendulum. You can use it for light tournament work aswell. It is also very sensitive at all ranges. If a fish Fa#ts within 3ft you will see it on the tip. If I could afford one I would have it.

Barry
 

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I'm getting the technique (sp) ok, it's just that the apollo is such a powerful rod that I'm not getting it compressed properly (especially using less weight than is optimum) so I'm having to work hard to control the rod rather than perfecting the cast, if you get what I mean.

I hate having to try to explain things by text :(
 

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Barrie, stick with the apollo, your not hadicapping yourself at all. You should be able to cast a 5oz lead very well over grass with that rod, if your fishing your 5oz + bait will be closer to the rods rating anyway.

Before attemting to pendulum you should have gone down the OTG route first perhaps trying this Brighton / unitech style before the aerial ground cast and finally pendulum cast.

Where abouts are you?

You would do well to see a casting instructor before buying a new rod.

All the best Ryan. :D
 
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