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Old 08-08-2011, 10:19 AM
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I'm about to buy a new rod, and am deciding between a 7 and 8 wt. I do only saltwater fishing. Mostly beaches, flats, etc., for snook, trout, jacks, ladyfish and reds. I've been using a 5/6 with 7wt line, and just want something a tad heavier. Opinions?
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I just bought an 8wt for combination fresh/salt fishing between NY and FL, but I know that a lot of people were suggesting going as heavy as a 9 for fishing saltwater for the species you mention. However, I'm sure my 8 will work just fine, and when it doesn't it will be when I'm using a 12 for tarpon!
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Default Re: 7 or 8?

i have caught all of those but snook on my light weight spinning rod. a 7wt would be able to handle the trout ladyfish and slot reds no prob, i dont know how hard a fighter the snooks are but for an AJ man do they fight.... you would probably want the 8wt for those guys, and if you did happen t hook a bull red that 8wt would def help you out again. i just bought an 9wt for the same type of fish, and i will not be fishing the surf at all.
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even the top end of the slot for reds will get you a good fight, and snook can fight pretty hard as well. I know that where I usually fish in the salt, the extra backbone might help keep the fish off the pilings.
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An 8wt is typical in TX because it handles heavy winds better, and a 9 is a bit more common in FL because y'all's reds are frequently bigger, and you often need to throw bigger stuff at snook.

I'd definitely pick the 8wt.
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Default Re: 7 or 8?

Both a 7 or an 8 will have enough backbone to bring the fish in but Cliff touched on an important piece of the puzzle. What are you going to be throwing with this rod? If your throwing weighted flies or big streamers on a 2/0 hooks the 8 will do it better than the 7.
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If it's windy, give me a 9. But absent that, give me the 8 over the 7.
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Since you are already throwing a 7 with a 5/6 rod, I'd think an 8 wt would be fine for the West Coast. Try some out with eight and nine wt lines.

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Default Re: 7 or 8?

Hi cdaxj,

I think you will be much happier with the 8. It is not uncommon to up line for saltwater and a 9wt line would work better on an 8. 9wt rods are popular here in Florida. With a 5/6 already an 8wt would be a good choice.

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Default Re: 7 or 8?

I was reading this thread....and as someone who recently added a 7 wt. to my arsenal...(I also have an 8 wt.) I was hoping some info might be shared on the best SW uses for a 7wt...since it seems to be the first rod wt. where the hardware (guides/reel seats) are defined as saltwater-specific. I hope this is not considered hijacking the thread...if so, please accept my apologies and I will start a new one.

Thank you and stay safe during Irene!
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