9wt or 10wt for beach

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    9wt or 10wt for beach

    I recently bought a 10wt for beach fishing in the summer probably only time other then mullet run ill use it so should i get a 9wt and sell 10wt?

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    Are you fishing from a boat or walking the beach?

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    from the beach from palm beach to broward

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    Walking the beach I have used 7-10wt. Really depends on what you what to throw. A 10wt may be a little big unless you are throwing at the 40" plus snook or tarpon. Generally the snook are 22"-36" which a 8wt would be more than enough. You don't have to horse fish on the beach. My biggest fish last year came on a 7wt. I'd say put together a combination that you are comfortable with throwing.

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    I would stick with the 10. It will help if you have shots at tarpon. I have seen people use 5wts for snook on the beach. I personally don't because 1 shark, tarpon or big jack and its either bye bye line or broken rod. The snook are also breeding so why not have a litte extra power to get them in faster

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    I'd go with an 8 wt.

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    I fish those beaches from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. An 8wt is all you need. I overline my rod with a 9 wt intermediate line. Most of the snook I catch are on the small side.

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    What other rod weights do you own? If none, keep the 10 and add an 8wt if you can afford it. Gives you more versatility vs trading the 10 for a 9. Any time I travel where there is fishing in the salt, 8 & 10 come with me.

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    Blind casting a 10wt with large flies will wear you out fast. I can throw 3-3.5" baitfish flies on my 8wt all day and still feel confident of landing good size fish in surf. My biggest fish on an 8wt was a 42" redfish on the flats wading.

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    Nothing wrong with a 10wt, if that's what conditions call for. Bigger rods are nice on ugly days, or when a 9" profile is all they're feeding on. I use a 7 when it's flattish, a 9 when it's not, and an 11 when I absolutely have to. I also have an 8' 10wt that I use for bait run stuff. I have Rio outbound short intermediate heads with braided mono running lines on all my beach rigs.

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