Light Tackle Fishing
Nothing is more rewarding than giving the upper hand to fish and still bring that fish to the boat. Advances in technology have gifted us with some of the most superior, light weight, and durable tackle like never seen. You can now catch your table fare with what used to be your bait rod.
When I'm fishing for trout, flounder, red fish in relatively open water I will not hesitate to use 10lb or maybe even less given the situation. Light line will usually generate many more strikes, especially in a high visibility situation. Even if I'm fishing around structure, I'll bump up to 12 or maybe even 15 if you think ol' big might be there.
Light tackle means just that. All the tackle is light! Not just light line, small lead, small swivel, small hook. Sometimes to eliminate a swivel, I will splice my leader line onto my main line and simply use a tiny knocker rig. This is a super cool way to increase odds.
Braided line is becoming more and more popular. I love the stuff, but it for sure has its pros and cons. Its very abrasive resistant, no stretch, no memory... What more can you ask from something as simple as a piece of line!
But with multiple people on the boat and fast moving water, its a charter captains nightmare. It does not come out of a knot and it will burn through the other lines before you knew what happened! I had the stuff burn through the guides of my rod pete sake! TIP: Keep all fingers and toes away from this stuff. If it becomes super tight it can and will go through whatever is in the way.
The drag system on some of these new reels can be summed up with one word. Ridiculous! I have a Stratic 4000, super light weight. The thing has 28 lbs of drag!!! Last year I worked offshore, I spooled it with 50lb power pro and attached to a Shimano Butterfly Jigging rod, and the thing was an amberjack killing machine! I caught two legal amberjack at once on butterfly jig with this thing. It's no bigger than any trout rod in your closet and I was taking it tuna fishing with me. Instant hit! Customers love it.