I have never been that much of a fishing fan, but i started shore fishing about 5 years ago seriously for european sea bass and smothounds in the uk, and caried on fishing for smothounds in new zealand. The bass fishing is generaly close range 50 yards from shore or so, but the smoothounds / gummy sharks take some reaching. I have built up a fair collection of rods/ reels now for distance casting, got some advice from a good grass court caster whos info proved valuable to my development. I have perfected my technique now to such an extent a genuine 150 or so yard cast wth bait is now a real possibility for me and a plain casting lead over a field i can hit 250 yards quite reliably now. Some of the rods i have acuired for this task long range shore anging include century wr 300 and zziplex 427 to name just two, reels mainly use diawa tornement or penn 525s or slosh 20s for rough/ rocky ground. i use an old penn squider 140 on occasion no brakes but casts very well for an antique. but takes some controling . I run the rods reel at the bottom for these purposes and like them down there. Any do this kind of long distance fishing or casting over there, and any on this board for that matter.