I'm fairly new to making saltwater rods, but I have recently purchased a couple of XRA-1203 1-piece rods. My end goal is to mate these blanks to a reel and guide combinations that will enable me to cast 1.5-2.5oz. bucktails from Hattaras inlet somewhere into the Straights of Gibraltar.
Initial thoughts were to pair the rods with a Penn 525mag conventional reels (12-15 lb test with leader) with 6 Fuji LVLG guides: 25, 25, 20, 20, 16, 16, +tip. Naturally, I would check guide size and numbers with appropriate load tests and casts before wrapping them up permenantly. I'm willing to recheck my assumptions though.
First off, do you think that the 525mag reel is a good choice for casting distance when throwing lures in this light a category on this blank, or would I be better served with a spinning reel or alternative conventional? I prefer conventional reels, but I'm primarily interested in cast distance here so I'm willing to mate a spinning reel to the blank if it will get me that much closer to Portugese waters.
Second, what guides and sizes would be ideal for this blank? Should I stick with the LV SpinCast guides, or would I be better served with the LC Surf guides in SiC or the Concept BLNAG guides in Alconite?
I appreciate any comments or answers, and apologize sshould my questions extend beyond the typical bounds of this forum.