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  1. Daviddf

    Idea for Surf Fishing Rig

    Thanks for the replies, lads. I wonder how much weight that small round float will hold up? Hopefully the float i have in mind isn't unnecessarily large, as it would probably start to impede my cast distance too much. I am using a 10ft rod at the moment but have a 12ft in mind for use. Cheers.
  2. Daviddf

    Idea for Surf Fishing Rig

    aha i see, cheers!
  3. Daviddf

    Idea for Surf Fishing Rig

    that's the point of connecting the separate line, its to be used in conjunction with a sinker on the bottom as normal. the line with the float can't drift away, it can only float to the top. The usual floating rigs with hook on the bottom don't utilise 4oz sinkers designed for the surf - hence the design showed in the picture i attached. Cheers.
  4. Daviddf

    Idea for Surf Fishing Rig

    Hi Fishos, I've been doing a fair bit of surf fishing lately off the great ocean road with some pretty good results chasing Salmon. But many times i've had my hook snagged and other times i've had my bait nibbled by pesky crabs (i caught one by accident). This fact along with the consideration of the angle of the line in the water leads to be to believe that my droppers are far too close to the bottom. Ive been looking at other rig ideas and i found one that seems to offer a solution. The idea behind it is to use a float attached to the end of my dropper leader where the hooks are attached on a separate line from that where the sinker is attached. Using a 3-way swivel, i have my mainline attached to the top of the swivel, the line with the sinker on the bottom of the swivel and on the right side of the swivel i have my separate line with the hooks and float at the end. This should allow the hooks to be elevated and presented towards the middle of the water with the aid of the float, and not limited by the angle of the main line held from the rod on the beach. I am wondering if anyone has tried this arrangement before and if anyone would like to offer their opinions. Cheers.
  5. Daviddf

    suitable line for 15kg rod / 12kg reel

    thanks for your replies lads, it is much appreciated. I think i'll go for the 30lb for the time being, if not for any other reason than to keep my mind at ease. If J Braid Grand is as good as the reviews attest, i think i will be happy Tight lines.
  6. Daviddf

    suitable line for 15kg rod / 12kg reel

    thanks guys. i guess i was trying to approach it from a numbers perspective based on what i think i have learned from doing some reading online. obviously there is far more to it than that but eager to learn, and very much appreciate the advice you guys have to give. i was basing the drag calculation on that general 1/3 rule for setting drags. I am planning on fishing a bit of both, lures and bait. I hope that in the heat of the moment i will retain the mindfulness to use my gear correctly, particularly with heavier line. To be honest i'd rather lose the fish than have busted up gear. maybe 30-40lb would be the better option for me if i be careful with where and how i cast my lines. What kind of drag would i be looking to set for 50lb? 3-4kg? Cheers
  7. Daviddf

    suitable line for 15kg rod / 12kg reel

    Thnx for the replies. To be honest i don't really have a target fish, but wanted a setup that is capable of landing big fish. Will be fishing off surf, pier and rocks at places like portland. My concern is potentially snapping the rod, which i am reading is a possibility. I don't know how much drag is enough with 50lb. I'd like to be able to fight big fish without worry of doing damage to my gear. Im thinking that with 50lb / 22kg braid, i should set my drag to about 7kg, and at this setting i won't run the risk of snapping the rod as it's rated for 15kg. But likewise what is the point of using 50lb if i can't take it anywhere near its limit? not taking into consideration the other benefits of using thicker braid etc. So i figure by using 30lb braid i can fight fish as hard as i want and not worry about the drag setting being as high as 3/4, as the line will always break first. thin line in a pain to cast. finger always slips! cheers.
  8. Hi guys, My rod is a 10ft penn 10-15kg heavy action surf spin rod and my reel is a Shimano Thunnus Ci4 12000F baitrunner. The max drag on the reel is 12kg. I recently got my hands on some J Braid Grand 50lb braid. I am wondering if 50lb is too much with this setup? or if i should swap it for 40lb or 30lb? Thanks. David
  9. Daviddf

    New setup, advice needed!

    thanks lads for all your help
  10. Daviddf

    New setup, advice needed!

    thanks for your advice. Connico, I have the Thunnus ci4 12000. I originally ordered the 8000 but was put off by the rather small line capacity particularly for thicker mono lines. I calculated about a 150m spool with .42mm mono line with the 8000, so i swapped it over. I've fished before a bunch of times, just didn't want to learn the sport more seriously until now. Cheers.
  11. Daviddf

    New setup, advice needed!

    thanks for your reply. surf fishing mainly. Im completely novice, it's the first rod and reel i've ever purchased, so i don't even know what i'll be catching.
  12. Daviddf

    New setup, advice needed!

    Hi :) This is my first post, thanks for having me :) I have recently purchased a penn prevail 10-foot 10-15kg rod and paired it with a Shimano Thunnus Ci4 12000. I am in the process now of selecting excellent line. All the braid i've seen so far except the fins 40g seem to break too far below their rated specs and offer few advantages which disappoints me. I'm very confused about what i should buy, and not yet convinced that braid is the best option for me. I would be happy to find some good THIN mono that breaks at or over it's advertised strength. Has anyone used the Shimano Exage+ mono line? How about the Stren Hi Vis? any good? perhaps someone can help me rig my setup with the proper line so i don't waste my money! Thank you very much, David