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Old 06-02-2017, 09:02 PM
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I'm going to the Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Sanibel, FL area for a week in late June. I have a tarpon charter booked, but the house we're renting in Cape Coral is on a canal pretty close to the bay, so I'll want to fish there some as well. Might also try out a fishing pier.

I plan to take 2-3 medium-weight spinning rigs, 6 1/2 to 7 foot rods. The line on these reels is pretty old, so I'd like to respool before heading to Florida. The trouble is that I don't have much of a clue what kind and size fish might be in the canals, so I don't have a clue what line would be best. I called a Cape Coral tackle shop today and they recommended superbraid for the main line and some 20-25 pound mono to use as leader. The man said any structure down there will have barnacles that cuts line pretty fast when a fish wraps you. He said braid will hold up better to that kind of abuse. He said the canals in the area where I'll be can hold snook, snapper, tarpon, redfish, sheepshead and a few other finny critters.

1) Does the advice about line sound right? That weight leader (20-25) seems heavy for smaller fish and I'm concerned they'll see it and not bite. Is fluorocarbon worth the extra price? Is there a decent knot to splice heavy mono to superbraid or will I need swivels?

2) I have quite a few big striper lures, both plugs and plastics. I can throw the big lures or bait rigs with my 13-foot light surf baitcaster. Any advice about any of that? The reel is a sweet, tuned Abu and I'm probably making a mistake getting her near saltwater, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I've read plenty of warnings about the spines on the saltwater cats. Are there any other things like that that would really ruin my vacation?

Thanks in advance!
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