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What Reel Size for Inshore Snook?

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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    kellercl said:
     a 3000 reel has plenty of drag.  The amount of drag simply isn't a concern.  
    This ^^^^    

    A matched rod and 3000 series reel will handle any snook you are likely to come across.... They are not big bonefish with long sizzling runs. Look at the tail if you want to know what the fishes "specialty" is....

    And as was said above....the drag numbers are a marketing ploy..... I would rather have a 10 lb max....that was as smooth as silk panties....than 2 or 3 times that herky jerkin' along. 
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  • CiggyTardustCiggyTardust Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    So if I'm set on using 30 lb. braid, should I go for the 3000 Daiwa BG or the 3500 which is a bit heavier?  That's 190 yards vs. 230 yards...
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    Buy the one that matches the rod.... 
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  • CiggyTardustCiggyTardust Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    I have a Med-Heavy 7' rod rated for 15-30 lbs... how would I match a reel to that?  
  • TrevfishinTrevfishin In my mind I'm in my kayak fishing, unfortunately physically I'm at work :(Posts: 737 Officer
    Based on the weight of the reel...you want it to feel balanced. Especially if you’re gonna be casting arti’s all day
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    I have a Med-Heavy 7' rod rated for 15-30 lbs... how would I match a reel to that?  
    The same way you buy clothes or shoes....you try it on.

    Take the rod to the shop with you....and find the reel that feels " right"....balanced in your hands. 
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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,241 Admiral
    Medium heavy rod, personally I like 4000 series shimano, which is a 3000 diawa.  I'll emphasize that 30 lb braid for inshore is beyond overkill in my opinion.  I use 15 lb and have never had a break.  Some here use 10 lb mono without a problem.  A 30 lb fish is a massive fish.  A slot snook is only 10 to 15 lbs.  Your drag should be set 3 to 5 lbs, so 30 lb line doesn't buy you anything.
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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    kellercl said:
    Medium heavy rod, personally I like 4000 series shimano, which is a 3000 diawa.  I'll emphasize that 30 lb braid for inshore is beyond overkill in my opinion.  I use 15 lb and have never had a break.  Some here use 10 lb mono without a problem.  A 30 lb fish is a massive fish.  A slot snook is only 10 to 15 lbs.  Your drag should be set 3 to 5 lbs, so 30 lb line doesn't buy you anything.

    Actually, a bit less than that. A 28 inch snook is actually about 7.5 lbs give or take a couple oz ...a top slot is under 12 lb as a rule... but your point is well taken.  Inshore, 15 braid....which actually *breaks* closer to double that...is fine...plus is more sensitive and casts better. 

    I fish 8 or 10 mono ( because I'm an "old"  ) .... a properly set drag and rod handling skills will land some very large fish. 

    also, as far as what reel...the length of the rods butt section is going to be important in getting the right "feel" . A longer but can get away with a larger reel...a shorter butt will require a lighter reel to feel balanced. 
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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,241 Admiral
    duckmanJR said:
    kellercl said:
    Medium heavy rod, personally I like 4000 series shimano, which is a 3000 diawa.  I'll emphasize that 30 lb braid for inshore is beyond overkill in my opinion.  I use 15 lb and have never had a break.  Some here use 10 lb mono without a problem.  A 30 lb fish is a massive fish.  A slot snook is only 10 to 15 lbs.  Your drag should be set 3 to 5 lbs, so 30 lb line doesn't buy you anything.

    Actually, a bit less than that. A 28 inch snook is actually about 7.5 lbs give or take a couple oz ...a top slot is under 12 lb as a rule... but your point is well taken.  Inshore, 15 braid....which actually *breaks* closer to double that...is fine...plus is more sensitive and casts better. 

    I fish 8 or 10 mono ( because I'm an "old"  ) .... a properly set drag and rod handling skills will land some very large fish. 

    also, as far as what reel...the length of the rods butt section is going to be important in getting the right "feel" . A longer but can get away with a larger reel...a shorter butt will require a lighter reel to feel balanced. 
    Excellent point about the snook weight, I was taking a SWAG, maybe even a WAG.  I tend to fish Croix 7 foot, so I haven't considered butt length, given my rods are all very similar in that regard.  That is something that I hadn't considered, excellent information, thanks. 
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  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,241 Admiral
    edited October 2018 #41
    I think the main driver of over sized gear is based on people grossly over estimating fish weight.  My friend caught a "20 lb hammerhead".... for starters it was a bonnet, secondly it was at most 3 lbs.  I recall my mom catching a cero, the captain told her it was 9 lbs, again it was maybe 4, if that.  
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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    kellercl said:
    I think the main driver of over sized gear is based on people grossly over estimating fish weight.  My friend caught a "20 lb hammerhead".... for starters it was a bonnet, secondly it was at most 3 lbs.  I recall my mom catching a cero, the captain told her it was 9 lbs, again it was maybe 4, if that.  
    Agree... People rarely get it even close. Tarpon is a classic....every one is "over a hundred"....when 65 - 70 is about right.... 

    The best is watch a bass guide sometime....every 7 lb bass "Oh...that's a solid 10 lb'er "  LOL 
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  • JW_YakAnglerJW_YakAngler NaplesPosts: 289 Deckhand
    You will soon want to downgrade your line weight when you find you can't cast smaller lures very far. Snook will be right in the first trough, but you need to be able to make long casts parallel to the beach to reach them without spooking them. Same goes for reds on the flats. I use 2 Penn conflict 2500s on med. light rods, one with 10 lb. blue camo spider for grass flats(much thinner than standard 10lb spider or powerpro), the other with 15lb powerpro for mangrove fishing. I also have a 4000 with 20lb on a med. weight rod for night fishing jigs or live bait near bridges. Only been broke off by a snook once when I tried using my flats rig at night to throw pinfish at dock lights. Should have had the med. weight rod.
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