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Old 10-02-2006, 01:34 PM
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I just finished a boat deal that allows me to get out on the water for late season fishing, so I am trying to quickly gather the remaining equipment to equip the boat. I will be fishing the mid and upper bay area.

I figure I would be using 14 lb. test line, and don't want to oversize the spinning reel.
- is 14lb. too heavy for bay fishing?
- what length capacity would be adequate or recommended?
- should I stick with monofilament, or go to some of the newer lines with a mono-top?

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What are you fishing for? A big rock or blue may spool you. A ray or big drum certainly will. That is a good size for big croaker, possibly flounder, and smaller rockfish or blues or even largemouth bass if you are way north. You would probably want something in the range of a Shimano 4500 series for line capacity, most of the models in that size are good choices. I've used 12lb and 17lb for cats, croaker, and schoolie rock and blues. Mono is fine unless you are doing light tackle jigging, in which case you might like the feel of the braids. 20lb Power Pro is good.

If you were planning on trolling, you're looking at the wrong gear and way too light a line.
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The largest thing in the Bay that I care about is stripers, but I would like to know your thoughts on line weight and reel capacity for drum as well.

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Just to throw in my experience here... I haven't been fishing the bay long, but I have fished off south florida quite a bit. My go-to setups with spinning reels include stradic 4000 with 10lb mono and baitrunner 3500 (maybe 4500, not sure) with 15lb mono. I've landed kingfish and dolphin to 30lbs from an achored boat with both of these. I've also landed sailfish (30-50lbs) on the smaller rod, but had to chase them. I've caught 30-35lb blackfins on the 15lb line from an achored boat.

I guess what I'm getting at is that I don't think even a 30lb striper can take 200+ yards of 15lb line in one run. And they certainly wouldn't take it fast enough that you couldn't chase them.

But maybe that's just me.
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:31 AM
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Cooper,
I just pulled the specs on the Shimano reels mentioned - it seems like you have about 175-200 yds of capacity for the reels & line mentioned. It's a shame that there is no correlation between the reel model number & line capacity - but I diverge...

I get the sense that something approaching 200 yds is a reasonable place to be. I think that 14 lb. line for bay should suit me well for the heavier line weights, so I think I have everything I need to start gathering up the needed reels.

Outside of Shimano, are there any other reels that you would recommend? I will likely take the reels into the salt, so I will be focusing on those that are more aligned for saltwater duty. Okuma has really expanded their offerings and are priced well, but I don't know much about their reliability or drag performance. Any thoughts here?

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I would not go below 14 thats for sure I have tried ten and lost way to many fish. Make sure you have a nice 36 inch leader of 40-50 lbs.
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We have had good performance with the Shimano reels and Stradic as well but having said that, we now have added 3 Quantum saltwater reels to the mix. The magnetic bail is great, no more crapped out spriings. And they are holding up well to the saltwater.

We use braided line in 20 or 30 lb strength. The diameter of braid is less so you can fit more on the reel than you could the same strength mono.

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A shimano 4000 series reel is perfect size for just about anything you will find in the bay. Small enough for fall rock & big enough for the largest rock you will find.

125 yards of 14# fireline or power pro with 100+/- yards of mono backer & you will be 100% fine. There is no striper in the bay that will spool you with that setup.
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I have 2 4000's and I love using them. very light and I use braided line to fit more line on the spool.
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I think that the 4000 or 4500 spool is where I will settle out.
Do most folks use mono for the topper or for the backer line? Some clarification needed on the connection knot as well!
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You can use 14 lb mono if you want I have been fishing the bay for over 35 years. You can use a light line if you want too but if you do happen to get a 35 lb cow on the line and it decides to run under the boat or scrape on the bottom of the out drive or prop good luck on that 14 lb mono holding. you would do better with 14 lb braid such as spider wire or fire line.
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Mono backing (say 30-50 yards as the braid will not grip the spool) with braid on top and a 30-40 lb leader of about 3 feet. Connect the mono and braid with a uni-to-uni knot.
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i think 14lb test is capable of boating 99% of fish you'll encounter...especially rockfish. how you fight the fish and how you have your drag set is just as important as the line, imo.

hell, i think the world record rock was caught on 10 or 12lb test....it can definitely be done. if you're gonna fish a lot of structure, i might be worried about 14lb test....but in general, i'd say you're probably fine.

i use 10lb powerpro with a 20lb mono leader......no problems at all with that setup...i should probably be a little heavier on the leader, but i'll take care of that with my next trip to bps. if your mono leader is too heavy (assuming you're using braid), you'll end up breaking more line from casting and fraying that big uni/uni knot than you will with anything else.

i've talked to a couple guides about their line choices.....one guy uses 10lb power pro year round.....and at the cbbt. i have a couple reels with 20lb pp for the cbbt. that's as heavy as i'll go.

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