Different lures and thin diameter line. Your cast has to be more horizontal and at the end of the cast you need to pick up the slack before it lays on the water. This low angle cast means less slack and the quicker retrieval allows you to connect to your lure quick. Heavier, more compact lures like a buck tail jig or slab spoon will enable you to feel more. Some of my best days on big reds, blues and specks were outings where most would've said "screw it" and headed back home.
Another extremely overlooked lure in the surf, especially on rough days is a Rat L Trap. They cast well even in heavier gear and dig hard. The extra sound in the surf definitely pisses Redfish off because it always produces when the water looks like garbage.
Thank guys. I did figure out to keep the line tight on the way back up and it helped some. I didn't bring a lot of artificial lures with me this go around. Ill see what I can work out my last two days here. I would love to hook another big red.