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bpeterson 03-25-2013 08:00 PM

New here... Need some help!
Hey guys, new to the forum here. A little bit about me.... My name is Blake Peterson and I'm 18 years old. There is nothing I'd rather do than hunt and fish and don't like being inside so I'm in the outdoors a lot! I was introduced to deer hunting and red fishing when I was young by my father and took on archery and waterfowling over the years.
I've been red fishing since I was little along with speckled trout, largemouth bass, and sacalait

I became interested in fly fishing last year and purchased a cheap rod and reel combo from bass pro with absolutely no knowledge on the matter.

On to my question... I am looking to purchase a new rod and reel and am in need of some advice.
What line weight and rod length would be best for largemouth bass, redfish, and speckled trout? If there is nothing for all three, bass is the most important since that's what I'm after 80% of the time.
Also, any reel, line, etc. recommendations?

Thanks in advance for any help!!

brucerducer 03-26-2013 04:13 AM

Re: New here... Need some help!
Welcome B. Peterson

#6 weight is about midrange for everything from Bass to Trout.

9' is generally a good length.

nick k 03-26-2013 06:24 AM

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My main bass rod is also a 6wt and I find it perfect. Something to think about though will be the redfish. I don't have any personal experience with them, but from what I've seen in pictures, those bad boys get pretty big, and like to hang out in heavy vegetation. You may want a heavier rod specifically for the reds, but the speckled trout will warrant a smaller rod than your 6.

Basically, I think the 6wt would be a good compromise for bass and speckled trout, but reds might throw a wrench in the plan.

Can anyone with redfish experience lend a hand here?

williamhj 03-26-2013 08:26 AM

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Welcome! For the bass I'd say 7 or 8wt. Nice for throwing big bugs and fishing big fish :) I really can't speak to the other species but I'm sure others will keep chiming in. You can always get something smaller for your next rod. You know there's going to be another one :) I don't think you need to spend much to get a good, useable rod.

fichy 03-26-2013 08:32 AM

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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!


nick k 03-26-2013 08:38 AM

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I think your best bet may be an 8wt for larger bass and reds, and a 4wt for trout, crappie, and small bass.

bpeterson 03-26-2013 01:17 PM

New here... Need some help!
Thanks for the help everyone! We have some good sized bass around...
I'm thinking about an 8 weight for bass and reds. We don't go after trout much but when we do I'll just use what I currently have.

Gonna have to do some research on rods, reels, line, etc. now!

nick k 03-26-2013 01:52 PM

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Damn those are some chunky monkeys. Don't think you'll have any problems bending an 8wt with one of those on the line.

streamwalker 03-26-2013 02:33 PM

New here... Need some help!
For sure go with a 8wt for what your going to e doing. Take a look at TFO rods. They r killer rods for te money and not to mention lifetime warrenty

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