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Old 03-02-2009, 05:13 PM  
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With the Cobia migration fast approaching, I'm wondering if I've got the right tackle for the job. I'm sure everyone has their favorite, but is there a generally accepted "level" of tackle? What's too big? What's too small? What's the best length and weight of rod? Line weight, mono or braid? Your favorite reel type and why? I've always gotten lucky to be invited on charters with friends and didn't really need to know, but am now venturing out to try and learn more. The freshwater fishing I've done doesn't require nearly the variety of tackle required for saltwater, so I'm trying to figure out what sort of equipment will give me the most potential for the money. Thanks in advance for any help you guys can offer. We're looking at Easter weekend right now, and I'm sure I'll have more questions as the time approaches!
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:58 PM  
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I have an 8' 15 to 30 # spinning rod with a Shimano Spheros 12000 and 30 # line. Deadly on just about anything that swims.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:00 PM  
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I would use heavy spinning or baitcasting gear spooled with either 25-30lb. mono or 50lb. braid (I prefer braid). Match the reel with a 8-9ft. medium heavy action rod built on an E-glass or glass/composite blank. Most local shops carry rods designated specifically for this type of fishing and often have rod/reel combos ready during the spring. A good cobia setup will usually run you about 250-350 bucks. You can get a combo for less a setup of any quality will be in this range or even higher depending on how much you want to spend.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:12 PM  
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If fishing on the boat I'd prefer 30# mono, but the on the pier 50# braid.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:25 PM  
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true-king (3/2/2009)If fishing on the boat I'd prefer 30# mono, but the on the pier 50# braid.
Just curious, but why mono over braid for boat fishing?
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:28 PM  
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true-king (3/2/2009)If fishing on the boat I'd prefer 30# mono, but the on the pier 50# braid.
Just curious, but why mono over braid for boat fishing?
You usually don't have to cast as far, and I'm guessing he doesn't want braid wrapped around his props.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:34 PM  
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Yeah, the distanceor the strengthisn't really needed. I've got braid on my rod though, since I will use it on boththe pier and the boat.
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There are alot of Charter Boats that still won't allow braid on their boat, because it is a bear to get off of the props and shafts.
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Yeah braid is very unforgiving and besides the problems that can arise should it get caught in a prop, it can cut hands easily and most simple and fast knots that work well in mono do knot work with the slippery braid. Cost is also a huge factor on a charter boat, its not very economical to fill 50 rods with braid.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:26 PM  
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get u a shimano tekota 600 or 700 on a saltiga rod. spool er up with either 60lb PP or 30lb mono and let er rip. this is a good setup for all around cobia fishing. it is also just a good all around "boat rod" for everything from snapper to aj's. you can jig all day with this combo and it wont wear you out like heavier setups will. this combo is easy to cast as well, and is pretty damn economical. just my .02
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