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Old 01-27-2014, 10:55 PM
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Default Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

I have a ten foot 6 wt St Croix. Imperial ( St Croix' most recent version of the. Imperial )that I find versatile in the salt sometimes and just a verstile all around rod, wondering if anybody else uses a 6 or 5.
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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

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I did when that was all I had, I even caught flounder with it. I used a 7'9" Far & Fine and fished for whatever I could catch. Some of the fish I caught I am not sure what they were Obviously it can be done, we just have to pick our fights carefully.

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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

I use a Sage 5110 Z-Axis in the salt for cutties and pinks. I used a Sage 6110 XP in the past.


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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

For many SW species the usual 9 or. 10 wt is overkill. Like Ard when I was a kid starting out all I had was a 5 wt Wonderrod and caught many small and medium size Bluefish ( even a couple of big ones , but that's a story in itself) as well as schoolie Stripers , Flounder and various other bottom species .
That was a long time ago but I still do it when going after Schoolie Bass and Cocktail Blues ! And when I go to the Keys nothing better on the variety of Jacks,Snappers, Grunts and others ! And it's a blast !
Wintertime two little Herring on a tandem fly rig on the 5 will put a trout to shame ! Same with Boston Mackeral!
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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

I started in the salt with a glass 6wt too, but I wouldn't recommend it.
You should always be prepared to hook and land the largest fish likely to be in the area and do it without unreasonable stress to the fish.
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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

I would chase and sight cast to redfish with a 6 weight if the wind in our Texas marshes and on our flats would allow. I usually use an 8 but just replaced my 8 with a ultra fast 7 for stalking redfish.

Capt. Scott Null posted some pictures on his facebook page of some bull reds up to 26 lbs he caught on a 4 weight rod yesterday in the Louisiana marshes. He commented that he whipped the fish pretty quick and landed them quickly. It can be done.
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Speckled Trout on a 6 wt is a blast.
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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

You'll find that most guys chasing sea run cutts in Puget Sound throw 5's and 6's.
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I did when that was all I had, I even caught flounder with it.
For several years all I had too was a 6 wt, so used it in any type of water. However, my "saltwater" fishing with it was brackish water, not true salt. I did however manage to catch & land schoolie size Stripers, Bluefish and even a few Flounders with it. Caught a lot of tidal LM bass with it too.
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Default Re: Anybody using a 6 or even 5 wt in the salt?

I use a 6wt almost daily in the salt here,uplined with 7wt lines.Never had any issues being undergunned.Just keep your tippet at #15 or better.Ive landed some nice fish like stripers to #10 and flounder,blues,shad,trout and redfish.Lots of fun on smaller fish.
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