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  1. If you are using heavier braid for backing (say 50# and up....I use Jerry Brown solid in 80#) then there is zero need to use a bimini. A triple surgeons (six times through) is superb and I have never had one fail on tuna, tarpon, and hopefully GT in April. If you are worried about any braid cutting the loop on your fly line then simply sleeve the backing in a piece of 130# dacron before you make your loop.
  2. Dude in your other post you only talked about sailfish with a 12 weight. Tuna? You need a 14 if not a 16 wt. They will absolutely sound on you and you will kill yourself with a 12. I have landed a mess of small YFT up to 25# and they were a handful on a 14 wt.
  3. The only sail I caught was on a 12 wt. But here's the clincher. I also hooked a big black on that outfit and would have had zero chance. I mean zero. It turned out not to matter since it ran straight away and its dorsal cut the leader. A 12 is plenty fine for pacific sails. Like already said the issue is if a striped or blue show up. Conversely a 14 is also fine for sails and not too much. Sailfish tend to jump and jump and don't frequently sound (although they sometimes do). But marlin are much more likely to sound. If you hook any kind of a billfish and it sounds you will be sorry to only have a 12 in your hands. Just hope if that happens that the captain is able to plane the fish back up with the boat.
  4. I had a 10wt and it was a great rod for me. And if I was buying a rod for bull redfish it would be a 10 and not a 9....just to bust mightyrime a bit....lol. I think St. Croix Legend Elites are a really great line of rods. I actually have two six weights that I use extensively on lakes for big trout.
  5. Search online for BVK breakages. I would much prefer a mangrove if I was buying a TFO.
  6. Going to offer a different direction. I had reels with extra spools, lots of them, over the years, and have totally gone away from them. I now just have a reel rigged for each type of fishing I may encounter on the day and here's why. Heat of the battle - When I am fishing and a different scenario comes up then I want to grab the other rod and get firing. I don't want to spend time re rigging. To me this is by far the biggest need for a ready to go rig. Not heat of the battle change - If its not a need to make a quick change then you can use an Omni Spool quick changer almost as fast as switching reel spools maybe even faster since you don't have to re thread the line through the guides. And this is even cheaper than extra reel spools.
  7. Dive booties do not provide any ankle support. If all you do is short wades on sand or grass then they are fine. But they are not worth a crap for any kind of wading in coral. I have used dive booties on the coral flats in Belize. They can work. But a boot like the Simms Flat Sneaker or Orvis Andros Flats Hiker are much better. I am headed to the Seychelles in April and they insist you not use dive booties. My point is dive booties are fine for what they are intended for but why not just get the best tool. Never know when CI, Belize, Hawaii, etc may come calling.
  8. I would stongly suggest you get a good pair like the Simms Flats Sneakers and avoid the neoprene booty style. They are fine for a limited application but the better ones like the Flats Sneakers will do it all.
  9. IMO bluewater is an area where you get what you pay for....these fish are big and much much tougher on anglers and gear than inshore fish. I would look for a used high end reel such as Abel or Tibor.
  10. If hiring a guide isn't an option then don't come redfishing. In general you can't wade fish for them and even if you could rent a boat going into the tidal marsh without some local knowledge is a .....well if you don't get lost you'll probably at least get stuck....lol. Seriously if its a DIY trip then this probably isn't the thing to do.
  11. Wow two pages of replies and nobody has hit what I think is one of THE best options given the background. Go to NOLA and redfish. Great time for big tailers, not hardly any boat traffic, and the food and nightlife of NOLA.
  12. Since the OP mentioned GTs as a potential target I am going to chime in here. All the drag you can get. This depends a bit on where you are fishing but if you are wading flats then the only way to land a good sized Geet is to crank the drag down all the way, use straight 100# leader, and hold on and try and keep the fish from getting to the coral edge. If it does its game over. I am headed to the Seychelles in April and will have two 12wt reels. Abel Super 12 and a new Abel SDS 11/12. The later has over 25# of drag and I plan to use it.
  13. If you are a serious flats fisherman then I would recommend the Simms Flats Sneakers. If you are used to the Marl Walkers then going back to a neoprene booties style will not only disappoint you but probably not be adequate. If you are just fishing sand flats then the neoprene bootie style are great. But if you are fishing coral at all or have long walks then I think the support of the Flats Sneakers is much better.
  14. Standing on the bow of my skiff watching a 30# redfish tailing in a foot of water.
  15. Prayers sent from out west!