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Old 04-29-2012, 01:48 AM   #1
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I got to spend 3 weeks around Ft Walton last year(May, Sept & Dec), visitting family. I'm definately coming back. I'm looking to buy a rod & reel for fishing bridges and piers in the area. I could go to BPS and let them talk me into WAY more than I need. If I could buy only 1 cost conscious set up what would it look like. I'd only fish a couple days each trip. I have a heavy 7' rod, older diawa reel, spooled with 20# mono I use for lake trout, seelhead, and coho here in the north. Any sugestions?
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:25 AM   #2
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It depends on what your price is that youI want toto spend and what you want to go for.
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Under $100 and you would have to tell me what is normal. Drum and speckled trout are what I'd be most likely to fish for, but I'm not sure what I would be likely to run into. Would add to the tackle as I go.
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What you have would do good for trout and drum , maybe a little heavy for trout.
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If the Diawa has a couple hundred yards of 20 I would use it for the pier, and get a 4300 or 4400 series inshore reel of some type for trout and reds.
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reds and drum tend to need heavier tackle and rods, versus trout can be caught on a setup good for larger bass. I would say a 2500-3000 spinning reel on a 7ft heavy rod with 15-20lb braid (and 20-30lb mono/copoly leader) would be good for trout.

For reds and drum, that usually needs thicker roads, bigger reels with more torque and line that is typically too thick for trout.
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