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    What weight line

    I am planning a trip to Gulf Shores Pier in October. I plan to fish for Kings, Spanish and whatever inshore species that are still around, e.g. Blues, Speckled Trout, Founder, etc. For King fishing I have a Penn 7500ss with 16' test hi-vis and a 9' rod I bought at Half Hitch in Navarre. For the other fish, I have the following reels:


    Reel Capacity
    Penn 5500 ss 325yd/10lb, 275yd/12lb, 225yd/15lb
    Penn 450 ssg 325yd/8lb, 250yd/10lb, 200yd/12lb
    Penn Fierce II 200yd/8lb, 165yd/10lb, 120yd/12lb
    Shimano Sedona 2000 170yd/6lb, 120yd/8lb, 100yd/10lb












    What type/weight line would you suggest for each of the above so I have all the bases covered (light line for low visibility and distance, heavier line to avoid cutoffs). I have some 20lb and 30lb fluro for leaders and 30lb 7 strand for King leaders

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    I would go 12# on the 5500
    10# on the 250
    8# on the Fierce 2000 &
    6# on the Sedona 2000

    ...and IF you REALLY want to 'up your game' get a 1000 series Shimano and put 4# test on it coupled with a 6 1/2' to 7' ML action fast taper rod ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pier#r View Post
    I would go 12# on the 5500
    10# on the 250
    8# on the Fierce 2000 &
    6# on the Sedona 2000

    ...and IF you REALLY want to 'up your game' get a 1000 series Shimano and put 4# test on it coupled with a 6 1/2' to 7' ML action fast taper rod ;-)
    I assume 8# and 6# would be too light for Spanish and more suitable for something like Trout, is that thinking there?

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    Nope, 8# is fine for Spanish macs as well as trout and slot reds.
    Knot many of us use 6# line but then probably none of us have Pier#r’s skills either!!!
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    BTW, you will need some 50# mono for Spanish/bluefish leaders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregInAtl View Post
    I assume 8# and 6# would be too light for Spanish and more suitable for something like Trout, is that thinking there?
    8# & 6# are fine for spanish (when I am 'meat' fishing ;-)
    LOL!
    I believe I catch more fish (groceries) on my 4# outfit than all the other combined!

    IF conditions allow, I go lighter to get more bites and make the best of those I get ;-)
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    ... we often get what we pay for ;-) lol

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    I usually use slightly heavier line then others, I like to horse fish in , and now with so many sharks present that is way more important, sometimes not being able to wait on a net for marginal (net) fish
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