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Old 06-22-2015, 09:58 AM   #1
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Lately I have become a top water addict. I love waking up inactive fish and getting a reaction bite. I like too use a light fast action rod that I feel the lure. Looking for some opinions on setups,rods, leader lengths that might help.
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fenwick rods. i have a med-fast and its great! what kind of reel are you using?
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I also like a medium fast. i usually run 25 lb braid for most inshore and just change my leader, depending on whether im targeting reds or specks. I normally use Flourocarbon, around 12 lbs for specks and 16-18 for reds depending on if im chasing bulls or slots. My favorite Topwater is a Rapala Skitterwalk in white. I've caught reds and specks daytime and night on that lure and it has a sweet action with good hooks right out of the box.
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When throwing topwaters you need to use tackle that affords you the ability to make very long casts. I use a 7 ft. medium light action spinning rod and 10 lb braid. For a leader, I use 17 lb to 20 lb mono. Mono leaders don't sink. Therefore they are better for topwater baits than flouro leaders. There is no need to use a leader longer than 36 inches for topwater baits.

As far as hooks, I hate most of the hooks that come on topwater baits. I mainly throw a super spook jr. and I always change the hooks. I use Gamakatsu #2 EWG. The wider gapped hooks will give your bait more hooking area and will increase your hook up ratio.
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Right now I got a spinfisher on, bit heavy... trying to set up a top of the water only combination have several reel options now looking at rods.
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When throwing topwaters you need to use tackle that affords you the ability to make very long casts. I use a 7 ft. medium light action spinning rod and 10 lb braid. For a leader, I use 17 lb to 20 lb mono. Mono leaders don't sink. Therefore they are better for topwater baits than flouro leaders. There is no need to use a leader longer than 36 inches for topwater baits.

As far as hooks, I hate most of the hooks that come on topwater baits. I mainly throw a super spook jr. and I always change the hooks. I use Gamakatsu #2 EWG. The wider gapped hooks will give your bait more hooking area and will increase your hook up ratio.
I'll have to try the mono, makes since. I do like the skiter walks myself, spooks work well also.
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fenwick rods. i have a med-fast and its great! what kind of reel are you using?
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