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For those of you in seatrout and redfish country..

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Sorry for the slightly off-topic post...but I didn't want to have to join another forum to ask this question :)

For those of you also around redfish and seatrout water, does your bass gear serve double duty?

My folks just relocated to Hilton Head, and I'm curious if I need to purchase a new rig for inshore and backwater fishing for reds.  I was thinking my Stradic 2500, 7' MH with 20 lb PowerPro would suffice for throwing Gulf shrimp on a jighead and the like. Or would I be wise to upgrade to a 4000 size reel?

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I use my calcutta, strdic spinner all the time for fresh and salt.  just make sure you rinse them good after each saltwater use,     I was told DO NOT use the Diawa Sol in saltwater though.  Will screw it up big time.

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I use the 4000 series Symtre's for redfish, your 2500 Stradic would also work. It would actually tbe better trowing gulps on a jig head. For Trout a lighter action rod would be better. Trout have delicate mouths and it is easy to rip a bait form their lips

Big T

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For brackish i.e. inshore water, It's probably ok to use any of your bass equipment.

funny abou the sol.  I emailed daiwa and got a response that they (daiwa staffers) use the sol in brackish water all the time.  Just give a light rinse and oil after each use.

Another bit of information.  Daiwa and shimano both put anti corrosive coatings on thier magnesium reels or non SS bearnings.  but daiwa choosed to warn against the use in Salt water whereas Shimano doesn't.

Can't remember the source, so don't pound me on this.

Salt water is very corrosive, brackish water (trout redfish water) much less so, but it is wise to make sure these reels are cleaned and oiled right away after use.

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The tackle will do the job no problem.  It's just how particular you are about it.  I used to take my bass stuff to the Texas coast all the time but don't anymore.  Despite careful cleaning the reels did deteriorate.  I like butter smooth reels for bass fishing and the tiny bit of roughness I was feeling in them was not acceptable while fishing a finesse worm or ???  I don't fish inshore as much as I used to but still have rods and reels set aside for this purpose.  It keeps the good reels good.

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Theres no doubt about it.

salt is very corrosive.  Even low concentrations used over a long enough period of time will do damage.

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Your equipment will serve you admirably well in saltwater.

Just be sure to flush the rod and reel with freshwater after each use.

Trust me, there are pro-oxidants in ocean water that are far more corrosive than NaCl (table salt).

Roger

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You can mist with fresh water, never a solid stream, don't use soap it contains salt & chemicals. I always use this stuff, immerse the whole reel in solution, takes the salt out of the line-(where it's buried)-and will not take away oil and grease.

Read below--

Now for the really hard part!!! Unload your gear and get your trusty bottle of SALT-X.  Mix 2 oz of SALT-X  to every gallon of water (for those of us that only made it to the first grade because we went fishing instead of going to school)... Use the SALT-X Magic Meter Bottle which will help you measure the correct amount of SALT-X  to use per gallon of water.  For best results use a plastic garbage can that you can put aside and keep ready with the SALT-X solution.

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Place all of your gear (not a good idea to insert your battery, wallet, or best friend) in the solution of SALT-X and commence doing 12 oz curls with your favorite beverage.  This is a perfect time to tell the tall tales you practiced in step 3.

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Remove all the gear from the SALT-X solution and just let it air dry!

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Congratulations you just killed all the salt and protected all of your expensive equipment.

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