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Old 08-13-2020, 02:33 PM
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Default Good pier casting reel for casting heavy weights?

I used to do a lot of pier fishing in Hatteras for Red Drum. Moved away in the 90's and hadn't done it since. Anyway....my BNL wants a new reel to start pier fishing again and was asking for my advice on a good casting reel that can easily sling 8-10 ounces over 100 yds. They will be installed on a "Hatteras Heaver" style surf rod. These all use conventional reels and not spinners.
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Penn reels are the way to go for that, I think.
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I fished Hatteras for drum from 1975 to the early 2000s and I always used Ambassadeur reels, 8600,9000 and 10000. I still use them but had a couple of spools blow up under pressure from mono stretch and parts are very hard to find or non existing. Iv'e seen buds using Penn Mag reels and certain Diawa reels which are also hard to find.
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Penn Fathom II 15 is one of the most common now. Solid reel and there is a casting special version this year that has higher capacity.
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Budget?

I always thought it was funny how surf fisherman want to get their baits as far away from shore as possible while guys in boats want to get as shallow as possible and fish the shoreline.....
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
I used to do a lot of pier fishing in Hatteras for Red Drum. Moved away in the 90's and hadn't done it since. Anyway....my BNL wants a new reel to start pier fishing again and was asking for my advice on a good casting reel that can easily sling 8-10 ounces over 100 yds. They will be installed on a "Hatteras Heaver" style surf rod. These all use conventional reels and not spinners.
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Why??? If you were Shark fishing I could see it but for Reds and everything else go spinner.
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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
Why??? If you were Shark fishing I could see it but for Reds and everything else go spinner.
You never fished for red Drum on the Outer Banks?
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Originally Posted by billfishnfool View Post
I fished Hatteras for drum from 1975 to the early 2000s and I always used Ambassadeur reels, 8600,9000 and 10000. I still use them but had a couple of spools blow up under pressure from mono stretch and parts are very hard to find or non existing. Iv'e seen buds using Penn Mag reels and certain Diawa reels which are also hard to find.
That was my years too.....and I have used the reels you mentioned above. The last one I used was a Penn Mag casting reel. Anyway....they don't make these anymore, right?
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
You never fished for red Drum on the Outer Banks?
You ever catch a big Cobia or Yellow Fin Tuna in the GOM on a Spinning reel????Spinners are much better casting and fully up to the task. A "medium size" 7500 series Penn Slammer III will hold 400yards of 65# braid at up to 50# of drag. It is suitable for catching any Cobia and +100# Tuna. It will handle any Redfish that has ever lived. If you don't think it is up to the task get a 8500, 9500 or the 10500 series it will take 540 yards of 80# braid and 65# of drag which could handle YFT in the 200# range. All more robust than any reel mentioned so far, but to each his own.
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30 years ago a Penn sqiudder or jigmaster was the reel of choice for long casting off the south Florida piers. I'm sure you could find a used one cheap.
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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
You ever catch a big Cobia or Yellow Fin Tuna in the GOM on a Spinning reel????Spinners are much better casting and fully up to the task. A "medium size" 7500 series Penn Slammer III will hold 400yards of 65# braid at up to 50# of drag. It is suitable for catching any Cobia and +100# Tuna. It will handle any Redfish that has ever lived. If you don't think it is up to the task get a 8500, 9500 or the 10500 series it will take 540 yards of 80# braid and 65# of drag which could handle YFT in the 200# range. All more robust than any reel mentioned so far, but to each his own.
Again....have you ever did this type of fishery on the OBX? Read up on the specific style of fishing and Hatteras Heavers and get back with me....
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The Penn Fathom 15 star drag is a great reel and great caster. If you want more capacity then the Daiwa Saltist 30 is an excellent choice too. I have the older grey one that I upgraded all the bearimg to ceramics.

I'm also a big fan of a few classic models. The Abu 7500CT is one of my favorite casting reels for my heavers. Also, the Daiwa SLOSH30 is great too.
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
Again....have you ever did this type of fishery on the OBX? Read up on the specific style of fishing and Hatteras Heavers and get back with me....
I don't get it either.
Could you enlighten us that don't know?
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
I don't get it either.
Could you enlighten us that don't know?
old style conventional reels were more resilient to the sandy environment for starters. It’s also much easier to cast 10-12 Oz with a conventional as its pretty easy to thumb the spool. Wet hands + braid + holding with wet index finger is no fun. Also pretty tough to leave an engaged spinning reel in a sand spike unattended. A conventional you can use the thumb tension screw coupled with the clicker OR just loosen up the star drag.

A person that knows how to cast with a conventional can cast further than a spinner especially lobbing bait and weight.

300 feet with 11 ounces and bait is a pretty good cast.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
Budget?.
What he said ^
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Originally Posted by homeby51 View Post
Again....have you ever did this type of fishery on the OBX? Read up on the specific style of fishing and Hatteras Heavers and get back with me....
Yes I have. I worked in Eastern NC for almost a year after Hurricane Fran. I had the opportunity to get out to Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head a little. 30 years ago I would totally agree with you but with the improvement of the equipment in recent years I believe swap over point (weight) where a bait caster has a real advantage.

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Originally Posted by tdk72 View Post
30 years ago a Penn sqiudder or jigmaster was the reel of choice for long casting off the south Florida piers. I'm sure you could find a used one cheap.
If you like those build a new one.




https://www.cortezconversions.com/pr...ssic-jigmaster
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
old style conventional reels were more resilient to the sandy environment for starters. It’s also much easier to cast 10-12 Oz with a conventional as its pretty easy to thumb the spool. 1) Wet hands + braid + holding with wet index finger is no fun. Also 2) pretty tough to leave an engaged spinning reel in a sand spike unattended. A conventional you can use the thumb tension screw coupled with the clicker OR just loosen up the star drag.

A person that knows how to cast with a conventional can cast further than a spinner especially lobbing bait and weight.

300 feet with 11 ounces and bait is a pretty good cast.
1) get one of these


2) Spinning Reels have no drag??????

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