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Old 09-01-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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While rebuilding the Searay, I accumulated a lot of tackle (I mean a lot). I have many spools of braid and a dozen or so 2 spd Omoto reels (bought them when I was going to sell tackle and fell in love with them. I am planning on putting 50# braid on 4 of the 22's (should hold 650 yds), 80# on 2 30's (825 yds). I have 2 small 12's that I have on a couple of 30# class rods. Back years ago when I fished offshore, I used mostly 30# mono (1 40# monel wire meat line). I can get just under 450 yds of 30# braid on the 12. If I go to 25# test it only adds about 50 yds. I expect to troll with the 22's, have the 30's around "just is case" (hooked into a big Blue once while deployed to Bermuda and would love to see another one). I have been reading a lot of posts and expect I'd keep the 2 small rigs inside the boat for tossing to in close sighted fish (will have some spinning rods too to toss farther out).
My question is, should 450 yds of 30# test be adequate for what I'm "planning" (hoping?). Back when I fished before, I was using 113H's with 30# mono and they served me well (just checked and looks like I was carrying 475 yds).
I expect if I want to try some fishing for Grouper, I'll need to go with the stouter setup. Maybe some real heavy line on a couple of my spare 22's?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I expect we'll start out within 20 miles or so of Perdido Pass and as confidence in the "rebuilt machine" increases, maybe venture farther if that's where they are hiding.

Getting ready to spool some reels.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Yes your line and capacity will be fine. It will be nice to see another oldie out there fishing hard.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Been lurking since I dragged the Searay down from New Jersey 3 years ago and now that I see "the light at the end of the tunnel", I'm hoping to get her in the water in the next few months.
Any thoughts on what to rig up for dragging Grouper up? I have no idea how much pull it takes to keep them out of the rocks.
Used to lose a bunch of tackle off Mayport at a place they called the "Hospital Ground". Standard comment was, whatever it was swam into one of the junk cars and rolled the window up.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #5
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I fish out of fort morgan and perdido.. boggy point. I use power pro braid. 65lb or 80lb according to reel size. The braid is so thin I feel much more comfortable when I have a big fish boatside dont worry about breakoffs. Its really personal preference. Even on my smaller reels I use 65lb braid its like 20lb mono. Out of perdido Youll probably need to go anywhere from20 to 30 miles out. Lots of natural bottom the further you go out. Its good to ask advice to get ideas but the bottom line is find what works for you. Good Luc k MIKE
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I also prefer to stick with smaller stuff and will be trolling with the Omoto 22's. I don't have any 65 but, have a ton of 50 and 80 and will probably put 50 on. Years ago, I was satisfied with using 30 mono so it will be nice to have that extra security braid gives.
I've heard pros and cons of using braid for trolling and from what I've read, a lot of Captains prefer mono. Guess I'll just have to see how the braid works. I read about the stretch of mono being beneficial for trolling and braid criss crossing and cutting lines. If I ever get into a situation with so many fish on a once that they start doing that, I'll just hope one or 2 stay on and deal with it.
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