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Old 07-02-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Edit- Meant to post this in the Offshore Q&A, my bad.

We're staying at the beach for a week and will be doing plenty of fishing. I'm pretty well stocked on inshore, but I need to make sure we have everything that we need to catch some nearshore/offshore species.
Last trip into the Gulf trip, we were pretty under equipped, and lost a good bit of fish to the reefs, so I'm beefing up our gear. Let me know if these setups sound good for bottom fishing and flat lining.


- 3 Penn Senator 4/0's with 50lbs. main line mono and 80lbs. fluoro leader

- 1 Penn 704 with 30lbs. main line braid and 50lbs. fluoro leader or wire

- 1 Penn Battle 5000 with 30lbs. main line braid and 50lbs. fluoro or wire


Also with the 704 and Battle, the main braid is high-vis yellow. Should I lengthen the leader to avoid the high-vis line being seen?

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Old 07-02-2014, 11:13 PM   #2
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What are you trying to catch?

I always want my main line to be heavier than my leader because if it breaks I want it to break at the leader and not somewhere on my main line. Besides, the fish doesn't care what size main line you have. Also, I catch plenty of fish without spending a lot of extra money on fluoro but we'll save that debate for another time.

On the spinning reels I would probably use them for my flat line while bottom fishing or use them while trolling for kings this time of year. I'd stay with the 30lb braid and use a wire leader. Just loosen your drag some and you can catch any king or wahoo in the gulf with 30lb line if you take your time. You might have to chase the fish with the boat if it takes too much line.
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What are you trying to catch?
That's probably an important point haha. We want to target ARS before they close and Gag if we can find them.
And yeah on the deal with the spinning rods, I planned on flat lining those, but I was curious if they had the muscle to land some reef fish.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #4
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On my 4/0 reels I use 100lb high-vis power pro braid and 80lb mono leaders. If you're fishing public numbers you might have to drop your leader size down to 60lbs but I never fish public numbers so I'm not sure.

I caught 5 gags yesterday using 150lb high-vis power pro braid on my main line with a 100lb leader on my 6/0 reels.

With 50lb mono I'd expect to get broke off a lot unless your catching small fish. Bait is good out of Destin right now, but I'm not sure about Pensacola.
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Okay, thanks for the advice. It sounds like I may need to beef up my gear a little more.
We're not planning on catching monsters, but then again if a monster finds itself on our hooks, I would rather get him in the boat that let him break me off
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