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Old 04-10-2015, 11:14 AM   #1
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Gonna go try to chase some bull reds and was wondering if yall thought my setup is up for the task. I have a 7 ft Abu Veritas rod medium heavy with a shimano stradic 2500 spooled with 20 power pro and about a 3 ft fluro leader tied with an Albright knot to my main line. Will be fishing soft plastics from a kayak. Any input is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:22 AM   #2
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Shouldn't have a problem landing any with that setup if you're going to be using it from a yak! Granted it will take you a while to wear them out on a setup that light, but that's all part of the fun!
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I landed a 33-35"ish bull last Friday night from a yak on a very similar setup. Took about 15mins, but was a fun sleigh ride. You shouldn't have any issues with it. Have fun, be safe
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Sounds like a decent setup to me. Often my inshore "go to"s are a 3000 class spinning reel. But I do keep a 4000 or 5000 close by on the boat in case I see something big coming along, for the real monsters!
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I would go with something heavier such as a 4000 class reel, so you don't wear the fish out to the point of exhaustation. The fish might swim away, but he won't be able to out swim flipper or a shark after a 20 minute light tackle battle. So it's best to get them in the boat in an ample amount of time and safely released.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:28 AM   #6
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I would go with something heavier such as a 4000 class reel, so you don't wear the fish out to the point of exhaustation. The fish might swim away, but he won't be able to out swim flipper or a shark after a 20 minute light tackle battle. So it's best to get them in the boat in an ample amount of time and safely released.
Yes, you can whip big fish on lighter gear but you also jeopardize a successful release as a result. If you are targeting bulls, I would recommend stepping up to 4000 class outfit loaded with 20-pound braid. Braid typically over-tests, so your 20 will actually be a little stronger.

Good luck and have fun.
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Ok I agree with all that so my next question is what setup do yall use or could recommend looking in the 500 range for the combo. Thanks again
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The first generation Abu Garcia Veritas lacks in back bone - however I have a 7'11" EX-HEAVY I'd trust. Veritas ll & Volatile would be better.

Let me know how ur Veritas works out fer ya. I have a 7'6" MED-HEAVY standing in a corner that I may rig up again...

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Old 04-16-2015, 07:43 AM   #9
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A Shimano Stradic or CI4 4000 matched to a Shimano Teramar MH rod would be my suggestion. Enough line capacity and backbone to handle the big girls.
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Your combo will catch reds all day long. Bulls included if you set your drag appropriately and work the fish properly. I.e: set drag to 1/3rd of breaking strength. Keep the rod up at 45-60 degrees when the fish is running and then pump and reel as soon as the run stops. If that fish isn't taking line, then you should be taking it back!

If you're looking for an excuse to buy a new combo, then I'd say look at a 4000 sized reel on a little bit stiffer and longer rod. Something heavy action, fast or X-fast taper, in the 7'6"-ish range. Bring both with you and have them each rigged differently for different conditions. Ex: topwater on the lighter rod and 1/4oz jig on the other.

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