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Kayak Anglers! What 3 Rod/reels?

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I don't see many topics on here regarding what kind of rod and reels one should take on a trip. I know it comes down to what type of fishing one will be doing, but keeping it simple and only taking 3 setups to cover a majority of fishing techniques. The reason I ask is I have 3 combos that have given me a lot of success from the bank and also from a boat;

6'9'' MH baitcaster
6'6'' M baitcaster
6'6'' M spinning reel.

What types of line would you guys recommend I use on each, and for what fishing tactic? I am looking to be as cost effective as possible by using setups that allow for versatility on the water. I know I prefer to target shallow waters (less than 15") a majority of the time. Thanks in advance guys!

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I keep my setups simple - braid for mainline on every one of them. 10lb on spinning, 20 on baitcasting.

 

Then I tie on a leader of varying type (pure fluoro, copoly, etc.) depending on what I want to do. A leader can be anywhere from 24" to way more than that...

 

I find braid so much better to manage than spooling straight fluoro, mono, copoly. In fact, I got out for about 1.5 hours today and I was casting a small swimbait on one of my baitcasters when I hit a bridge during a cast. What a backlash. I haven't had one like that in a long time.

 

But fortunately I had used electrical tape (cast as far as you can, then walk off another 25 or so feet. Place a piece of electrical tape on your spool there.) which saved my bacon and allowed me to pick out the braid.

 

If that were mono, I'd probably had to have cut it out.

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I agree with Darren. I use braid on all my set-ups with a fluorocarbon leader. I know a lot of the guys on here swear by fluorocarbon, I just find Power Pro Super Slick 8 hard to beat for casting, durability, memory, etc. 

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twice today I am agreeing with this post!  This is my 3 for Kayaking.  I use FC on my baitcasters and braid with a FC leader on my spinning though.  For the baitcasters I use 15lb FC on each to keep things simple.

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I bring 2 baitcasters and a spinning setup, in whatever variety I'm in the mood for.  Generally it's a M/F & M/M baitcaster and a ML spinner.  One of my baitcasters generally has braid and the other mono.  My spinning reels all have 2 spools, one with braid and the other with mono, which I keep in my tackle backpack. 

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I fish from a kayak, and I usually take about 6 combos w/me. This is a bit much, bit it covers everything. But if I had to take three, it Would be a 6'6" medium Casting paired w/a 6.4:1 Reel for all around (spinnerbaits, topwater, jerkbaits, ect) a 7'6" Heavy castong w/a 7.1:1 reel for fliping, pitching, swimbauts, and frogs and either 6'6 or 7' Medium Heavy casting w/a 7.1:1 reel or a 6'6" medium spinning w/a 5.4:1 reel for plastics. Obviously you would tailor this to your style of fishing

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Also, I use 12# mono on the first, 50# braid on the second, 12# fluoro on the 3rd and 20# braid w/ an 8# fluoro leader on the spinning

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I fish from a kayak and canoe a lot and I use three setups tops when paddle-crafting. But.... It really depends on the places, and cover you fish to narrow it down to three. I bring three on paddle raft but they will vary depending on where I'm going.

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I use 2 rods on my yak.7 ft mh spinning with 2 spools filled with braid.and a med pistol grip bc filled with 12 lb yo zuri.i fluctuate between saltwater and fresh throughout the day.and i feel accomplished with just 2.never once have i thought "i shoulda brung another setup" thats me though i keep it as simple as needed

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When I Bass fish from my kayak I carry 4 setups. All 6'6": MHF casting for texas rig, jigs, and frogs. 2 MF one for spinner baits and one for crankbaits, I might use the stiffer of the 2 for a texas rig if I've got something else rigged up on the MHF. And then a MF spinning setup for senkos or any other light baits.

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I t really depends on what I'll be throwing, but I like a shorter, medium/XF rod for spinners and topwater, a stout finesse spinning rod with braid and a leader, and either a jig and worm rod, or a crank rod.

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When I Bass fish from my kayak I carry 4 setups. All 6'6": MHF casting for texas rig, jigs, and frogs. 2 MF one for spinner baits and one for crankbaits, I might use the stiffer of the 2 for a texas rig if I've got something else rigged up on the MHF. And then a MF spinning setup for senkos or any other light baits.

What kind of line on those setups?

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What kind of line on those setups?

30lb PowerPro. 12lb fluoro leader for t-rigs and cranks, 8lb on the spinning rod.

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I normally carry 3-4

 

1-2 spinning rods 

one a 7ft ML/f for light line work. 

The second is a  long M   for light cranks and such.  this is only used once in a while.

 

1 7ft bait casting               MH/F rod for most everything

1 7ft baitcasting                H/F  for frogs,  Jika, and Carolina  rigs,

 

I actually have not found much need for a M action rod.  The kayak gives a little when you set the hook so I don’t seem to be losing anything on treble hooks.   The only issue I have  is that you need to be careful getting the fish to the yak.  You are almost high-sticking when you are trying to pull them in at times and have managed to snap my ML rod once this last year when a bass decided to dive hard when I was trying to grab him.

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