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Rod and reel recommendation for inshore Tampa Bay

Old 07-29-2020, 05:10 PM
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Default Rod and reel recommendation for inshore Tampa Bay

Looking at possibly a Bull Bay Sniper rod with a Daiwa BG3000 and 10lb braid. Where I fish I target mainly jacks, snook, and small tarpon. Any input or additional recommendations?
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I’ve had really good luck with redbone rods for inshore super durable and feel pretty consistent without breaking the bank. I also really like st croix. Anything in the 2500-4000 range will do it I’m a big fan of the shimano stradics. I also typically fluctuate between 15-20lb braid. I love the extra distance I can get when I go down to 15lb for casting so I’m sure 10 is even better for that but I prefer the little added strength.
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Big Fan of the Redbone rods as well, but will throw Temple Fork in the mix. The TFG PSC 704-1 is now my go to rod for inshore paired with a Shimano Sedona 2500 with 10LB braid and 20LB leader. I do have a few 4000 Stradic setups on same TFO rods if I need to move up to 20LB setup when throwing around structure. I keep both on the boat, but always get more bites on the lighter outfits.
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Local buddy started a company called Red Lion Rods. Look him up on FB. He is making me a 6-12 rod for a shimano stella 3k right now for all my inshore stuff. It was incredibly light and plenty of strength for the fish youre targeting.
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My rods come and go, but my Shimano reels keep going strong. Love the bait runners in the bay as well as the TLD’s and my Tiagra’s offshore, and they have worked flawlessly for 25+ years with the exception of two Baitrunners that gave up on the same day. Triumphrick on here had them up and running in no time and for a very low cost. Just can’t kill those baitrunners, but the rods, yes they come and go. I’ve learned that one made for a rod holder is what works for me here in the bay. South Florida Tackle is my favorite shop as they have their own series and a customer service that is second to none.
Old 07-30-2020, 08:17 PM
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Stradic and teramar.
Old 07-31-2020, 04:28 AM
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Stradic 3000 and the rod of your choice.
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I've been fishing Bull Bay for the last 5-ish years and have been nothing but satisfied. Light, Sensitive, Strong Backbone. I have everything from the Sniper 6-12 Medium Fast to Assaults and the Brute Force Boat Rods. On my light setups I have 2500/3000 Sustains and Stradics, up to 8k Cabos and 6k 'Gosas.

The 8-17lb Medium Heavy Fast 7'6 Stealth Sniper with a 4000 Stradic and 15lb - 20lb braid would be a great all around setup for those species. Drop it down and grab a second setup for lighter inshore work and you are ready for 95% of inshore battles. But for what you identified (Snook, Small Tarpon, Jacks) that 4k Stradic and BBR would be great.

If you're sticking with the BG, the 3000 will be great. I have a 2500 BG w/ 10lb 832 Braid on a BBR 8-17lb Medium Fast for my spoon rod. Remember, those Daiwa BGs - a 3k BG is the size of a 4k or 5k Stradic. Jombos.
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Check out Dogfish Tackle's Signature Graphite spinning rods. They also have some in combo with Shimano Spheros reels, which are very similar to the Stradic FH series.

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