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Old 12-05-2011, 07:32 PM   #1
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Reds on 2lb Trilene?

So I have a friend who is sight casting to, and catching, Reds with a spinning rod and is throwing 1/8 oz. gold spoons with light line.

I'm up for that and thinking of trying with 2 lb. Trilene tied with a Bimini Twist to Frog Hair tippet 5X (3.7 lb test) leader.

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Is the 2 lb too small for Reds in shallow water?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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How are you fishing? boat, kayak, wade? I fish 8 lb suffix all day long for reds up to 20 plus pounds. The only issue being trim tabs if you are in a boat. They have foiled some very big fish on light tippet for me. Sounds like fun though. I would crush the barbs on the spoons since you will be breaking some fish off.
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I will be wading.

Yes, I always bend the barbs back and while I am at it, sharpen the hooks.
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Man, you guys are aweesome if you can catch a red on 2 lb test. I always use 12, and I have had very good luck with it!
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Well....we will see if it works. The real reason why I want to use small line is so that I can cast a 1/8 oz spoon a respectable distance.
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Reds on 2lb Trilene

Fishing with FIRELINE SMOKE 4LB +14LB fluorocarbon leader on the bank at ROLLOVER PASS,TEXAS i was catching with jig and GULP MINNOW GRUB CHARTREUSE 3 inch,one red fish 40inch,23lb.(C&R).
Reel ABU CARDINAL STAMINA DRAG 600UL.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #7
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I have caught them on 6lb and a good sized red (26"+) just takes too long to land (10 minutes or more). I have no problem getting good distance with 8lb line and 1/8 oz baits and the fish come to hand much quicker.
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Fishing with FIRELINE SMOKE 4LB +14LB fluorocarbon leader on the bank at ROLLOVER PASS,TEXAS i was catching with jig and GULP MINNOW GRUB CHARTREUSE 3 inch,one red fish 40inch,23lb.(C&R).
Reel ABU CARDINAL STAMINA DRAG 600UL.
You can see this catch in :

http://www.fishingworld.com/News/Rea...rtID=000010715

Thanks to ED SNYDER!!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:35 AM   #9
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I use 4 lb - have been tryin to go to 2, but keep gettin lazy. let us know how it works out!
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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I have used 2lb test to catch reds in shallow water. It was back in the 90's when all the little spinners had rear drags. it held 95 yards of 4 or 6. The drags were pretty spotty. I went to 2lb just to see what it was like. Hook sets were a problem. I was using M1 mirror lures. Multiple fish hitting the same lure was a problem. I went to exposed hooks in Slug-Os. My best morning I strung 3 30"ers before 7 am. My best fish that trip was 39" I have no idea on weight. It did not know it was hooked. I was splashing trying to get it to spook. It did right between me and the 3 30"s on the stringer. I had to do some fancy foot work to rip around without getting a hook in the leg. I had to run the fish down twice to keep line on the spool. The fish was pretty tired when I subdued it. I released it, but based on what I know now I question if it survived.

The new reals have much better front drags. I can whip them now on 6lb test without much problem. I went back to 6 lb because it seemed to tie more reliable knots. I do loose a few at hook set (line or hook parts ways with fish). I moved my 9 year old son up to 8 lb test and I am amazed at the difference it makes. I like the trilene XL tied directly to the lure. I retied after every fish. I never could master the leader to line connection with 2lb test where I did not break the 2 making the knot. 6 does fine coupled to 12 or 20.

I will say this nothing inshore beats the hummmmm of the light line strung tight to a big red in shallow water. I think they fight harder. More than one morning of my life I have looked over to see Dad hooked up, patiently coaxing a big red to hand while listening to the hummmmm on my own line. Off in the distance there would be more groups of birds working low to the water. I knew on those days we would get our fish easy.

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