I need some major help catching large fish! I come to redington beach a couple times a year and fish off of the redington long pier. I have no troubles catching smaller fish but when I hook something larger I get broken off. Can anyone suggest to me line weight, leader weight, bait, etc? I have a Penn Battle II combo and Penn Spinfisher V combo but sadly don’t know what size the reels are and I cannot check because they are in Florida right now. I would really enjoy hooking a snook or shark.
Please help me.
If you want bigger fish off a pier I wouldn't spool with less than 20# test. If the reel will handle it go to 30-35#. I'd use braid and typically a mono or floro leader around 50# test. Live or cut natural bait is best but shrimp always works. Buy a sabiki rig and jig it near where you see little bait fish and you should catch some for bait.
Thank you so much.
Walk out to the end of the pier, that's where the regulars will be.
Hang out and watch what they are doing.
Most will be glad to help you out, all you need to do is ask.
I used to run 20# mono to a swivel, a3/4 oz egg sinker. A 40# clear leader. One rigged with circle hook, one with a J hook. For mackerel. Keep the bait off the bottom and work with the tidal currents.