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Old 02-15-2019, 12:19 PM
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Hi Guys,

I am new to the inshore/offshore fishing world. I am looking for some input in outfitting my rods/reels.
Reels i just purchased - Penn squall 50vsw 2 of these
Rod reel combo - Penn Warfare - 4 of these
My fishing locations will vary from NY, NJ, MD, Chesapeake.The warfare setup is mostly for Stripers. The other setup will be inshore/offshore sharks, mahi, tuna, etc...
I am thinking of running 50lb test on the 50vsw's. If money was no concern would you run straight fluoro? Mono base with topshot fluoro? My thoughts of running a topshot is that the line would be weakest at that connection/knotted location correct?
Then for the Warfare i was thinking of running 20lb test straight fluoro.
I am very new to this type of fishing so thought i would come here for the best insight. I do not really want to run braid so please keep that out of the equation. I appreciate any and all input.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:36 PM
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I have 2 of those Penn squalls in both 50 and 30 size with rods like brand new if you want to purchase them let me know. Will give you a really good deal on them.
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Old 02-15-2019, 03:39 PM
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No, donít run all fluoro. Only bass guys do that on small reels and itís low quality stuff versus the leader material used in saltwater in my experience. Not even sure you could find spools big enough anyway. 40-50 lb mono - I like momoi- is fine for the 50s. For rockfish I would use 30 lb mono. If youíre in the ocean use fluoro leaders for tuna and such. Not sure itís necessary for the Bay for rockfish.

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Old 02-15-2019, 04:42 PM
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No flouro for rockfish if they are around they will eat anything. For you 50w reels and 30w reels I'd go with 60# mono then connect 3 arm pulls or roughly 15-20' of flouro for leader in the 80-150# range. For the rockfish setups I'd go with 30-40# mono
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:41 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I was looking at running the diamond line but also looking at berkley as i can get that cheaper. Anyone ever run berkley?
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:35 AM
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No on the all flouro. A hell no on the all flouro. Striped bass are not leader shy. In all the applications you want the stretch and forgiveness that mono gives. Mono to a flouro topshot on all. When spending thousands on fishing tackle, don't skimp on line to save a hundred or two.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:40 AM
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I've been useing the green big game for 35 years & never had any reason to change its tough stuff. however I'm gonna try the new pro spec chrome. also not mentioned is for offshore I use a combo of. tld 25s 30s & 50 wides all my 25 - 30s are spooled with 80# power pro & then a top shot of 100 yds usually 60# green big game. the braid is initially a big expense but over time because you only change the top shot is well worth it & it gives your 30s big reel line capacity in a small easy tho handle package that when combined with small boat maneuverability can catch all but the largest fish
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:02 PM
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I am not a pro by any means but have fished the bay for 20 years and offshore the last 5 and always still learning. I do think you got good advise so far but this is how I am set up.

My Bay fishing my summer trolling rods are 20, spring is 40 - 2 different sets of equipment. But if you run 30 or 40 you should be fine.

Offshore i I have the squall 2 speeds and have spooled with 50 2 speeds 50 mono, 30 2 speeds have 40 mono. Also tld 25ís spoiled with 40. Leaders for tuna are 30 or 40 foot wind ons crimp swivel crimp 130lb test. Dolphin / marlin usually run 80 lb test leaders. I like the wind ons because when you get them close you can crank down the drag.

A lot of it depends on drag settings 15-20lbs of drag 50 lb test is enough.

2 summers ago trolling in bay with 20lb main line and 40lb leader I went 4 for 5 on big red drum (20-40lbs) with only 2 guys in the boat. Again reels only could put up so much drag and we fought the fish not just cranked. Tuna yeah tuna thatís another story those things can pull hard.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:42 AM
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All great advice! Thank you.
Based on this I think i will spool the 50's with 60lb mono witha heavier fluoro leader (maybe 80).
the warfares will do 30lb mono.
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