Being a transformed bass fisherman of about 20 years I always believed that if you were not using a baitcaster then you weren’t catching fish. I was so accustomed to feeling for a subtle pick up when fishing a Texas Rigged plastic that I thought there was just no other efficient way. That was before I saw my first redfish jump all over a Killer Flats Minnow in the marsh. After that I realized as long as you could see, there was not a doubt in the world that you had a fish on.

This experience helped transition me into a spinning reel fisherman. As far as I am concerned spinning reels cause me a lot less grief when I am out on the water and they are very easy to clean and maintain when I get back. The cleaning part is very important to me because being a marsh fisherman I always seem to end up with mud in places I never thought possible. Sure I carried a baitcaster around for a while, but my first outing with a constant 20+ mph wind pretty much put a stop to that. I did eventually add the baitcaster back to the arsenal later on, but initially I left them at home.

Listed below are my favorite setups. . .for now.

 

Daiwa Fuego LT 2500 D-XH spooled with 15lb braid on a 6’8″ Med X-Fast TFR Custom Rod

Daiwa Fuego LT 2500 D-XH spooled with 15lb braid on a 6’8″ Med X-Fast TFR Custom Rod

Daiwa Ballistic LT 2500 D-XH spooled with 15lb braid on a 6’2” Med Fast TFR Custom Rod

Diawa Aird Coastal 7.1:1 spooled with 20lb mono on a 6’6” Med Fast TFR Custom Rod

Shimano Calcutta 200 spooled with 15lb braid on a 6’6” Med Fast TFR Custom Rod

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