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Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:33 am
by Snakemau25
So finally did the jump and got my wading gear and soon the kayak! But I need to upgrade my fishing outfit. So I’m trying to decide, I will be getting either the Laguna Liquid M 6’6” or the Waterloo Salinity 6’8” and either the Daiwa Coastal SV TW or the Curado DC. Which combo will be better for Corpus/Rockport areas?

Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:08 am
by Neumie

Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:45 am
by Ron Mc
Both reels are a good choice for reliable casting without a lifetime of experience on baitcasters.
The guys on Bass Resource report that compared to non-chip-control, chip-control reels in general cost just a bit of distance for their improved cast reliability (read built-in backlash prevention by chip continuously modulating spool tension).
However, under the buck fever of sight-fishing, this could be just the ticket.

You may want to pick based on spool capacity and whether you want to fish fluorocarbon or thinner braid. Both cast distance and backlash control are improved by keeping the mass and inertia of the spool as low as possible. A big deep spool with a half-mile of backing and braid doesn't gain you much on that low-mass, low-inertia thing.

was a Lew's SP, with low-mass spool bearing swap, and the thinnest braid you'd ever want to use on a baitcaster. First fished it last trip and loved the result, but fishing this tiny braid isn't for everybody - this is also a niche combo I set up for 1/8-oz. You're mostly going to be throwing 1/4- and 3/8-oz, easier to get reliable distance on most reels.

Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:06 am
by Snakemau25
That’s a good point. I’m planning on using 10-30lb braid and flouro leader mostly. As for the rods I will go check them out next weekend and see what feels better.

Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:20 am
by Ron Mc
btw, if you need to calculate spool capacity for different lines, this online calculator has proved very accurate: ... estimator/

This version works great for stacking lines of different diameter, e.g. mono backing with braid on top. ... estimator/

I backed two of my braid spools with 20-lb mono, which works very well, because it only takes about 20 yards backing to fit my working braid.

for big diameter change, use Alberto or improved Allbright knot to get a low-profile knot that will lay flat on your spool.
The key to getting a clean knot is remember which direction you wrapped the loops, and roll the loops in the same direction while you're tightening the knot.
Do this while you're gently tightening the tag ends, and tighten the standing ends last.
This is the shallow SP spool, which just has standing mono - doesn't need backing.

Same knot works great for braid to shock tippet, and there I'll add a drop of Zap CA+ to seal the knot.

Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:29 am
by Billslik
I’m currently searching online for one?

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Re: Kayak/wading set up

PostPosted:Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:29 am
by Ron Mc