I ordered a 5 wt Redington CPX and Redington Rise reel to replace my mid flex Orvis rod. I use this primarily for bluegill and bass in the St Johns River, but since I'm primarily a salt guy, I couldn't resist taking it out for redfish.
I picked off a couple of 4 -5 lb reds from a school in a foot of water.
Here's a release of a beautifully colored redfish:
And then the surprise of the day was catching this 5 lb seatrout, one of the largest I have caught. I thought it was a nice red until she started splashing on the surface. I backed off the drag and played this one carefully.
I was really happy with the CPX. It has plenty of backbone to throw a clouser and handle a 5lb fish. I would have to say that this is winter time fun, because it did take quite a while to bring these fish to the boat. I doubt they would survive in the warm Florida water during summer. Great fun for now though.