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Old 01-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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I am moving down in less than a week and am looking at buying a used hobie kayak and doing some fishing in the bay and stuff. I am use to bass and crappie fishing though and have never fished the saltwater before. Can I use the same rods, line, and lures on reds as I did for the bass? Can I even use artificial baits on reds and be successful? Are the reds biting well this time of year or should I be trying for something else?

As you can tell any and all help would be appreciated, and sorry if this information is in a previous thread.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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It's worth the money to hire a guide at least once when you come down. You will learn so much and it will keep you from wasting time and money trying to figure it out a little at a time.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip, never really considered that before, but the problem is that I will have more time than money on my hands, and $500 for a day on the water is a bit much for me....
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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the reds are around but things are definitely acting funny lately with this unseasonal weather and water temp. start with natural baits and keep an eye on ur fishing partners and you will pick up on what lures work and dont work.
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To answer your question yes you can use artificals to catch reds and trout. 99.9% of the fish I catch are on artificals. You can get a kayak charter for way less than $500. Good luck and welcome.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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A lot of freshwater gear will not last long in the salt. It will last a little longer inshore than offshore but you still have to rinse it good with freshwater every trip and even then, a lot of freshwater gear will rust. Freshwater hooks will definitely rust after even the first trip.

Hang out on the kayak section of the forum and you'll certainly find others that will take you out and show you the ropes.

A good intro to redfish might be a night trip to 3 mile bridge. Recommend you go with someone experienced before you do that and have a 360 degree light pole to keep from getting run over.
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While JD is right about the guide if you keep an eye on the kayak forum you'll frequently see people who are looking for company to fish with. There are many people here that will fish with you and show you the ropes...............ask.
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most of the same lures and tactics that work on bass will work on reds and speckled trout, but perhaps their behaviors are not the same. Jigs w/jerkbaits, paddletails, spinner baits, topwater and suspending lures all work great. But you will want to replace the hooks, though.

Inshore I use all artificials, 6'-7' rods, 2500 series spinning reels and 10-15lb test line. Offshore, you will need to really upscale your gear.
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Agreed, red/speck fishin ain't much different from bass fishin...just a different setting.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:34 PM   #10
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for most inshore fishing is it better to use braid, or mono? or is that too kinda like bass fishing as in it is technique or situation dependent?

Thanks for all of the help so far and I will definitely be watching other posts on here for helpful advice and tips.
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