Re: New here... Need some help!
A 9' 8 wt. is pretty standard on the Gulf for reds, specks, and flounder. If you fish bass in cypress roots and pads- it'll work there , too. WF/F line is probably the best all-around if you aren't fishing deep water. An 8 will easily chuck poppers and worm flies for bass- pretty standard for southern largemouth. Too heavy for the sacalait, though. Good luck!