Mangrove fishing tackle
Posted by: old_user on Dec-07-11 9:38 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Dec-08-11 9:12 AM EST --
I love to fish, but mostly for bream and crappie in ponds and reservoirs in south Georgia with a cricket and Zebco spincaster outfit. I recently was offered the chance to kayak down the Mangroves near Cocoa beach next summer and would love to try for redfish, but I'll need to buy some more tackle. I'm finding a lot on lures and baits on line, but what rod/reel combo would work? Med/heavy rod? 6-7'? How heavy a line and spin or baitcaster reel? I'd love to do more saltwater fishing in the future, so I want something good, but I am on a tight budget (aren't we all!)
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Posted by: 3bearnight on Dec-08-11 5:23 PM (EST)
There are many rod and reel brands that would work. Budget wise,I have caught tons of slot & over slot Reds, trout & black Drum on an Okuma 30 & 40 Hardstone spinning reels and 7’ Ugly Stick Lite rod. I have Daiwa, Cabela, Bass pro & Penn rods and reels as well and they have caught many fish. My favorite reel is an Okuma AL 55 all aluminum, not made anymore. Lots of people like Shimano, Penn, Abu Garcia and the list goes on. Look for sales and have fun in the salt.
Posted by: goobs on Dec-09-11 10:26 PM (EST)
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Posted by: old_user on Jan-01-12 9:01 PM (EST)
I love the Shimano reels for reds and snook in Florida. I have a shimano symetre 2500 ($80) with powerpro 2#/10 braided line. But I've fished with the sedona ($48) and the sahara ($68). They are all good, but the more you spend the smoother the reel and drag and typically they will stay smooth longer especially with the harsh conditions of kayak fishing. I pair all my reels to a hurricane Calico Jack 7' 1 pc med heavy rod ($50)I find them to be superior to redbone rods and both longevity and feel and are cheaper. Tie the braided line to about 4' of 30# flourocarbon leader and you're all set. Fish the mangroves with jerk worms if the water is less than 2' or clear 1/4 oz DOA shrimp if the water is more than 2'. Good Luck!
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Posted by: FishinYak on Jan-01-12 10:15 PM (EST)
addition of line...
Posted by: old_user on May-16-12 8:43 AM (EST)
We use 7 foor med action rods with a 3000 size reel and 10 or 15 pound braid tipped with a 3 foot section of 20 pound fluoro for a typical setup. For snook the leaders are often upsized.
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Posted by: old_user on Jun-07-12 6:19 AM (EST)
I *used* to rinse my gear after every salt water outing. The result was RUST in the reels. My reel repair guy said he never found corosion from salt, only rust from the cleaning. SO, unless you dunk the reel, get a washcloth and hot water and wipe it down, same for the rod. Go back and lube, but fight the urge to blast a reel that didn't get wet to begin with.
Gotta love a Zebco ...|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-07-12 10:55 PM (EST)
When I first moved to FL in 2000 I knew nada about what I might catch. I bought a 6' rod with a Zebco 404 at Publix. Nabbed some DOA shrimp there too, and took my chances from the Pass-A-Grille sea wall one evening. 8# line, no leader, with a swivel, on that rig, yielded a snook over 36". I got lucky for sure. But big fish don't always fall for the hype. :)