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Old 05-11-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Inshore setup suggestions?!?

Do you think a 2000 series reel, such as the 2000 fierce with 15 pound braid, is too small for bay fishing? If that reel would be okay what kind of rod (action, size) would I match it with?
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price range. Their are too many options that are out their, without a price range. Pesonally I like shimano so I would go with a crucial inshore. its around 150
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I'm mainly speaking of reel size. 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000
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It's really depends on what you want to fish for in our bay, Bay fishing can be spanish, bluefish, ladyfish or even trout and reds on the flats in the bay. If you're fishing the flats a lot then use what I use like the Stradic Ci4 2500, I use this for my clients and on all my personal inshore reels, I only step up to 4000's when I'm going to go after bigger stuff. If you're going to bottom fish or fish for big stuff go much bigger, but stay with Shimano, you'll be glad you did, Good Luck.. John
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Just did some flats fishing today with a 2000 series reel with 8lbs mono. It performed perfectly. You may have some trouble with bigger stuff, but its a blast to target specks and reds with it.
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My inshore go-to are the 3000 series Penn Sargus and Quantum Catalyst or Smoke PT spinning reels. Good for almost any trout or redfish I usually come across inshore.
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I personally like the penns, the new spinfishers will last forever judging by they're looks and build quality, I'm sure all are pretty good these days I just personally use what works for me...... I've caught a countless number of fish on penn reels and if you take decent care of them thy should give you many years of great service
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As stated above, it depends on what species you're going to target. If it's Specks and Reds, most 30 reels will give you a bit over 100 yds. of 10# in the spool, equivalent to 30# braid, or a bit over 150 yds. of 8#. And especially if you're going to be doing a lot of popping cork fishing, weight gets to be an issue. A lot of casting and a lot of wrist work moving the cork. Basically, I like 25's for 6'6" rods, and a 30 for 7 footers. I personally can't afford Stradics and the like, so I've had very good luck with Okuma Trios.
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Penn Sargus 3000 is my favorite "journeyman" reel. You can find them for less than $75 if you shop around online. With 15 lb braid on them, I have landed specks and flounder, reds up to 36" inches, striped bass up to 39", cobia up to 40" (although I wouldn't recommend this on a regular basis) and a bunch of other stuff I'm sure I'm not thinking of. If I am only going to take one rod and reel out of my arsenal- I'm taking one with a Penn Sargus 3000 on it.
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