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Doing the striper run here in NC. Also doing the NC inshore trip next month.

Both trips I will have my BC's on standby but I was told to use my spinning gear primarily.

The two trips both guides recommend braid. What is best poundage for them?

Both rods are 6.5ft - 7.0ft. Middle of the road shakespere reels on each. (I rarely use spinning so my $$$ are in my BC's)

I was thinking Iike 50# for inshore and 25# for striper?

Any steel leaders for either trip?

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As I said on another thread use the guide's gear, he has the right everything, this is what he does for a living.  I'm a spinning guy for all my inshore fishing, I use only 15 & 20# braid.  Let's think about this, you're fishing open water with fish that have the capability to make some pretty decent runs, line capacity might be an important issue.  You are fishing with your drag set properly, with a fish pulling out line the line won't break unless the drag is too tight.  20# braid breaks well over 30#, your drag is not set even close to that, have no fear about the line.  I mention drag often, IMO nothing is more important than that for landing larger fish.  What's the difference between a 1# fish and 100# one, just 99# and a little more time to land it, the landing technique is the same.  I'll repeat again, use the guide's gear unless you think your's is better suited.

 

Never hurts to have steel leaders with you, many fish out there don't hit wire too readily like in the mackerel family, barracuda and bluefish will.  I personally use mono leaders 20 and 30# for most inshore species and 40 & 50# if I'm offshore, I seldom use wire except when making my barracuda tubes.  

 

Little sidebar about these cuda tubes.  Legend has it they were first developed for stripers from a guy out of Maryland.  We have given these tubes to some of the snowbirds, get great reports about them catching stripers with them.

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The big trip in the in shore is where I will probably use his equipment. He did say some of his gear isn't the most fancy because so many people use it. I talked with him and he said my spinning set up is cool. But I didn't get the info on the line stuff. (Hence this thread). :-)

As for the striper run, the "guide" is a good friend of mine. Real informal. Just two friends going to tear up some stripers. He did say to use spinning gear also. Again, I didn't ask for the poundage. :-(

Thanks for the info snook!!! I have some 50# braid on the boat here at home. I will also make sure my capacity is good enough in case a fish decides to sprint a little on me. ;-)

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50# guide says is perfecto. :-)

For spinning gear?

I don't target 150# tarpon, I do however catch them up to 70# on 20# braid from shore.  Catching one off a boat there is always the luxury of the guide running the fish down, 50# sounds heavy to me.

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He said I can use the 50 but he also said no higher. I am making a run to BPS later to get my usual stock up. I will probably grab some 20-30 pound to play it safe.

Meanwhile I need to re-learn how to cast with this thing. :-/

Been using BC religiously for about two years lol

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