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Saltwater inshore spinning rod/reel suggestions please.

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I usually fish for LMB in local lakes in Texas. Last weekend I went to a jetty on the Texas coast and felt WAY under gunned with even my heaviest bass gear. Can you please recommend a best buy for a saltwater spinning reel brand and size, rod brand, length and action and line type and size. A good combo maybe? I want to be able to cast spoons and heavily weighted rigs (1-4 oz) far into the wind without undue length or weight. A second criteria is to be able to horse fish away from rocks and possibly be able to lift or at least drag a 5+lb (?) fish over rocks at rod length. It looks like the most common species of fish caught are Redfish, Black Drum and Sheepshead. 

 

Thank you all in advance. I trust your input much more than the general internet.

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A size 4000-5000 spinning reel is good for small/medium species of saltwater fish and I would recommend a size 8000 for species that you need the extra line capacity/heavier line for. My favorite spinning reel brands for land based saltwater fishing is Shimano and Penn. Shimano, Penn, Ugly Stik make good inshore fishing rods. Make sure to get a rod that is rated for the baits you plan on casting.

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I too have fished mostly freshwater SMB/LMB but dabbled in salt. Only two years of experience here. When I went to get my first and "only one combo" salt water setup I ended up with a StC VIS70MHF (7'0, line 10-20 lb mono, lure 1/2 to 1.25 oz) paired with a Shimano Stradic C5000 spinning reel. Sounds like this might be a little light for your intended uses (up to 4 oz lure) but I have to say for schoolie stripers (and hopefully larger) I'm absolutely in love with this combo. The 5000 size reel sounds big but is actually reasonably compact. Your application & species may differ slightly so take it for what it's worth. 

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I don’t know, but if you can heave 4oz with a little wind with it you won’t have a problem with fish under 100lbs, the fish you are targeting will all fall to any decent rod in this size class.

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What are you looking to spend?  A Daiwa BG or a Penn Slammer combo should do the job for a trip or two.  But if you're looking to invest in the "right" gear, you can go down the wormhole quickly!

 

With that said, the species you named and the expectation to toss up to 4 oz are really stretching what one combo can do.  You can target big reds, kings, etc tossing 3-4 oz spoons out a hundred yards, whereas sheepheads will hit a small live shrimp under a popping cork tossed out 15 ft from the bank.

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You do not need expensive spinning reels to do well in land based saltwater fishing. I have 2 size 8000 Penn Fierce spinning reels that are over 6 years old each and have caught lots of powerful fish, including sharks that weigh several hundred pounds. Also have a size 6000 Penn Battle that has done very well. For small/medium artificial lure inshore fishing I use a size 4000 Shimano Stradic. I also use that size 4000 Shimano Stradic for bass fishing and does a great job.

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