The number one rod and reel combo sold for beach tarpon in this area is a spinning rod and reel. The rod is a Shimano Teramar 8-foot X-Heavy rod model # TMSX80XH. The number one reel is a Daiwa Saltist 4500H or 5000H.
Model # = STT4500H
Action = - / H
Bearings = 5CRBB -1RB
Gear Ratio = 6.2:1,
Line per Handle Turn = 44.5
Wgt. =20.1 oz.
Line Capacities = MONO: 14/300, 17/220; BRAID: 40/440, 55/330
Drag Max = 22
This combo should be loaded with 350 to 400 yards of 40-lb. to 50-lb. braided line. Fluorocarbon leader of 60-lb. test to start. You should also have 50-lb. leader and 80-lb. leader in your tackle box as you will need them as your fishing circumstances change.
Hooks should range from 5/0 to 9/0, depending on the size of your bait. Both circle and J-Hooks in those sizes should be available in your box also. There are many other combos of rods and reels made by other manufactures that will work as well, and they are all at different price ranges. The Shimano / Daiwa rod and reel combo above would retail at about $360 plus tax.
You could actually get into a beach tarpon outfit for $150 plus tax. It would be Shakespeare Custom Ugly Stick Model 1170H and a Penn Fierce 8000.
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