Re: Redfish and Speckled Trout....
I think Steve has the right weight for reds and specs. I have a nine weight that I use, but I've since started using a 5/6 weight on the lighted piers on the Texas coast. Most of the fish taken there are specs in the 12 - 16 inch, but I'm always hoping to get some larger. The schooling specs are a lot of fun when the tides are running right. Caught 28 one night last fall, best so far. I've not got a red on the fly yet, but still hoping. Now if a good red comes along and hits on that 5/6 weight, I'm probably in deep stuff.
Most people I know recommend at least an 8 wt, and I can tell you that throwing that 9 wt very long begins to smart a little.