Best Rod & Reel Combos for the Southeast
By: Jeff Weakley
From great bass rigs to bluewater tackle, here are the best rod and reel combos for the southeast
The diverse array of fishing opportunities in the Southeast offers opportunities for anglers of all persuasions, be it fly fishing quiet ponds, casting plugs along river shores, surf casting, or trolling the deep blue Gulf Stream.
Best Saltwater Rod And Reel Setups
As a general rule, gear used in saltwater must be designed to withstand corrosion. Rods and reels sold as “freshwater” models may have lower-quality stainless steel, ultralight magnesium or other metals, which corrode quickly in the saltwater environment. Line capacity is another big issue for saltwater fishing. Whereas largemouth bass rarely pull more than 10 feet of line from the reel, a large snook or redfish can easily strip 100 feet or more … and a large king mackerel or sailfish can take 100 yards in the blink of an eye. Reels used for most near-coastal fishing should carry at least 200 yards of line, and those used in the deep ocean, at least twice that.
Spinning tackle is probably the most commonly used gear in coastal Florida. Inshore fishing in the Sunshine State is about big water, wary fish and the need to cast small lures far. Florida is also windy much of the year.
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