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Target Specific Leader and Sizes???

As redfish seem to be co-operating in Sarasota Bay, I'm thinking more about leader size. I use Seaguar Blue brand most times. I'd say 20# tends to be my overall inshore average. When I get target specific I lean thinner for trout (12#), thicker for snook (25#) and not sure where to be for the reds.

And basically the same question for PP line size. 10# is my typical, 8# for trout specific and 20# specific for snook and reds.

Any thoughts?



  • j102j102 Posts: 52 Deckhand
    I prefer (90% of the time) 20 lbs PowerPro with 25 lbs Fluorocarbon leader. Depending on the size of the fish, I go down to a 20 lbs Fluorocarbon leader.
  • fishdishfishdish Posts: 1,223 Officer
    20 is the lowest I ever use. When targeting snook I go between 25 and 60 depending on bait size and water conditions. Reds and trout aren't very leader shy like a snapper or snook can be. As long as your not fishing arround structure or oysters 20 or 25 will be fine for reds.
  • dcrdcr Posts: 365 Deckhand
    I'm not adding much, just +1 for other responses.
    My inshore kayak rods are lighter -- 10# PP + 20# fluoro.
    My favorite all-around go-to rod is heavier -- 15# PP + 20# fluoro. If I'm specifically targeting snook I'll bump up the fluoro to 25# if I have any.
  • SargasSargas Posts: 59 Greenhorn
    yeah as stated 20# is my inshore saltwater go to. but if you are targeting snook, esp larger snook I use 30-40 lb. I stick with 20lb braid as it is so small and has an actual breaking strength of like 25+ usually. if you go out for those ultra lite set ups and your trout fishing who knows when a big snook might bite! never want to be under gunned
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