Gear for fishing mangroves
Great community you have here, I am happy to be a part of it. This winter I am heading down from Virginia Beach to do some fishing. I am not 100% sure where yet, but it will be in the SW of the state.
I have two rods/reels that I am bringing, both are set up for musky, and are overkill for all the fish I catch in VBs tidal creeks, but the water isn't clear here, you could pretty much fish with paracord and the fish wouldn't notice. I will be fishing mostly swim and glide baits, some cuda tubes, soft baits, etc. All the lures are in the 2-4oz range. I will be fishing from shore and from a kayak.
Both rods are set up with Tranx 400's, high gear with power handles, both rods are set up for long distance casting. One reel is already set up with 150 yards of 80lb braid (bright yellow, if it matters), and will be bringing and additional spool of 80lb line (blue). This is pretty typical for musky fishing.
The other reel is brand new, and will need line. Is 80lb crazy overkill? The reel will fit 300 yards of 50lb, is that a better option? I don't like to use lighter than 50lb braid because it tends to dig into the spool at higher drags. Either way I have an assortment of leader material, from 20 to 100lb (mono and flouro), and some AFW 7x7 in a few sizes. I plan to run about 6 inches of steel and 6 feet of mono.
Thanks for any tips!