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Old 08-21-18, 08:41 AM   #1
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...I'm taking my 9'0" 4 wt with a 4 wt reel to the beach Sept. 4...I usually take the 8-9 wt for the surf and breakers, but I'm going lighter to fish a secluded canal from which I caught numerous trout, croaker, and flounder last trip on spinning gear...

...QUESTION: what size leader /tippet / etc. would ya'll use for fish under 3-4 lbs. ... ??

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Old 08-21-18, 10:20 AM   #2
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Hey Jimmy,
I used to live down on that end of the world and this summer I had my son and nephew catching most of what you describe on 4# test. Using my crappie setups and they didn't have any problem. You can definitely go up especially if you use flouro. 6-8 will handle most everything, I like to go light. Flounder might require a little more just because of the teeth, but you can always use some form of double line knot to help there. Let the rod/drag do the work, you know the deal. Good luck!
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Old 08-21-18, 12:41 PM   #3
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In general, I would go with at least 12 lb fluorocarbon at the coast, just because the beating your leader typically takes from all the abrasive surfaces and the toothy critters. Typically, I fish straight 20 lb in the salt. Keep in mind that those small marsh creeks and tidal canals will often hold substantial reds, fish up to 10-12 lbs. 8 wts are just about as standard in the marsh, canals and lagoons as they are in the surf, for that reason.

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Old 08-21-18, 12:57 PM   #4
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I'm gonna have to agree with Dylar. An 8 wt is useful for many other reasons, besides having the necessary backbone for bigger fish; casting in windy conditions, casting larger streamers/poppers, casting further. Id prefer catching a 12 inch flounder on an 8wt than loosing a 20+" redfish on a 4 wt. I never use less than 12lb test leader when fishing inshore. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 08-21-18, 05:06 PM   #5
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Default The 8-weight recommendations are good ones...

...because you never know what's swimming around in there!

Also, if you take your 4-wt, be sure it's built to withstand the rigors of saltwater. Some otherwise excellent freshwater rods just don't do well when faced with salt. That might be the voice of early experience talking there...!

It sounds like a great trip. Have fun!

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Old 08-21-18, 08:01 PM   #6
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All I know is you had better post some of those great Kathy enjoying the beach shots when you return.
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Old 08-22-18, 08:03 AM   #7
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Old 08-28-18, 10:02 AM   #8
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...this time next week, God willing, we will be fishing and sunning and eating real fresh seafood...

...we are completing plans for cat care, mail recovery, etc. , etc. ...

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Old 08-28-18, 11:28 AM   #9
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Old 08-30-18, 09:04 AM   #10
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...the forecast is rain all week...hope they are wrong...maybe I can slip out between showers and catch a few flounder, whiting, or croakers for supper...also, Cath loves to crab and we have a crab basket...throw some chicken backs in there, and she's good to go ...

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