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I've got my own fishing style and thats all good and stuff.  Here is my issue I am needing some outside opinions on.  I'm taking the boss fishing to the honey hole and all she can throw is a spinning rod.  Lots of structure and lots of big hard hitting fish.  The rod she will be using is a med action spinning rod BSR852 and a sustain 2500.  Water is muddy and I'm thinking about 10lb line maybe 12lb.  

What I do not want is her to lose a monster fish and ruin her day.  This trip is going to be all about her and getting her to catch some lunkers.  I'm wanting to build her excitement for fishing so she will want to do it more.

Throw some simple lures out there too.  Soft plastics is what I'm thinking.  That will be her best bet I think.

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Muddy water ---> spinnerbaits, lipless cranks.

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Muddy water ---> spinnerbaits, lipless cranks.

Well, you already know what I think the line should be,

but whatever you chose just set the drag a little bit lighter

than perfect and things will be fine.

Regarding lures, I'm with Raul: cast and retrieve is way

more fun for beginners than cast and wait. The Rage Tail

Shad and Cavitron Buzzbait are some other suggestions.

I think the 7" Anaconda is another using a slow, steady

retrieve.  

8-)

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Let me give you an example Gman:

We go oftleny to a place called Cañada de Negros that has several ponds and a small lake, good place to spend a Sunaday picnicking cuz the place got big lawns, play areas for the kids, bathrooms, a convinience store, grills, lots of trees and shade, we pay 30 pesos per adult to get in and spend the entire day ( now that the kids are older I 'm becoming a family man ).

The good thing is that the ponds are loaded with bass, bluegills and tilapia, most bass you catch are 8-12 inches long ( great for the kids not to get bored because you catch one fish after another all day long ), so I ain 't after a bigun, I 'm after my kids and nephews have a good time.

My wife don 't feesh, she don 't know nuthin bout knots, hooks, sinkers n 'stuff, nor she does know how to retrieve and teaching her how to cast with a spinning reel is one of my greatest acomplishments of the year ( she still manages to cast to the trees n 'bushes 90 ft away from the water  :;) ).

The first time we got there I began fishing with soft plastics, catching almost a fish per cast, the wife comes next to me and I ask her if she wants to try, she grabs the rod and as I gave her instructions on how to work the bait I left her on her own, at about the 5 th cast she began to look bored, and for someone who doesn 't fish not catching is boring.

So I traded the soft plastics for an in-line spinner, after a couple of casts she hooks her first fish, a few more casts another fish and so the time passed by, she casting and catching fish on a relatively consistent manner for a couple of hours; cast, retrieve and forget if you are doing it right, yup plastics are by far more productive in those ponds but only if you work them right and that 's the difficult part for a beginner.

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That makes perfect sense Raul.  Thats why I posted this thread.  I'm no pro, but I dont deal with "beginner" much.  I want her to have a great time and me not in the mindset of why cant you fish this bait deal.

RW is also right about the topwater.  I'll also let her try a popper and see if she can get a monster to hit it.  That should get the excitement built up.  Extremely easy to fish.

I could care less if I catch a fish on this outting. Its all about getting her a 5+lb bass.  

What are you guys thinking on pound line?

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That is a very nice rod and reel.  The BSR 852 has surprising backbone for a 2 power rod.  Have you though about spooling up with some 30lb braid since the water is muddy?  If there are big fish there and muddy water, the braid shouldn't be a problem... just a thought...

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Braid, all the way ;)

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Not a bad idea on the braid.  Hmmm

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I'd get Yozuri in 8 just to make it manageable on a 2500 sized reel.  If 6# breaks at 11.9 as RW periodically mentions, I reckon that 8# is going to break probably closer to 14#. That should be plenty enough strength.

If I were close, I'd let her borrow my Compre Spinning MH as it would be perfect for your scenario.

For lures, I agree with what has been recommended.

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Tell her the best way to catch big fish is she hasta wear a 2 piece in woodland camo so they dont she her  ooo and use rage tails

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Rage Tail Space Monkey on 4/0 EWG Gammy or a 4/0 weighted Owner Twist Lock.  Space Monkey in bama bug or okeechobee.   Cast out and retrieve slow to medium speed.   They have plenty of action.  Hooksets are a breeze - much like with a spinner bait, there is simply weight on your line and it's on.   This is this year's top producer for me.  I fish in muck, too.

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