A guy I met on another forum invited me to go fish Munyon Island this morning. Had good weather and an 8:30am high tide so of we went. Pretty place.
Carried the kayak down a path that wasnt wide enough for me and my kayak and got in the water around 7am. No wind to start but it picked up pretty good and the incoming current was moving the water pretty good. It was a fairly uneventful trip as far as boating fish was concerned. I did manage to catch this beast.
I was thinking about it and I've actually been out on my kayak less than 10 times but I am feeling pretty comfortable. I am pretty happy with how I have it set up, other than I need to re-do my anchor trolley and I may want to have an option to mount my camera.
I'm even feeling pretty good about finding fish. I am really inexperienced in the salt water but I have found that using some common sense, I can figure out where to find a fish and have gotten some very quality bites. In fact, I had something huge blow up on my spook jr. twice today but he just wouldnt take it. I thought it was a jack but John said he thought big snook.
My problem is equipment. The spinning reel is giving me a fit. I made sure to close the bail by hand ever single time today and pull the line tight and look at it to make sure everything is ok. I still ended up with 3 knots from hell and had to cut the line and start over. I dont know if it is because it is new line or if 20lb test braid is just too light or if I need a different braid. Half way through the trip today I was ready to get rid of it. I find the baitcaster combo I got from Lt. is flawless and I end up throwing it most of the time.
Next problem is leader. I'm using 20lb braid so I bought 15lb flouro leader. But I have had quick break offs at least 3 times in 2 trips. Like today, I was throwing a swimming jerk bait of some kind and got a nice bite on the spinning outfit. Smooth setup, felt good. Fish took drag for about a second and then ............... gone. Look at the leader and it is a clean cut. Never had a chance. Maybe a gill plate or something toothy.
I have 15lb mono on the baitcaster and had a big jack on last week but got cut off on some oyster. That would have happened with any line and I like the reel with the mono on it but I'm starting to think I'm going to load it with heavy braid like my bass rods and use a 30lb flouro leader. I have everything rigged light to make sure I get bites but I am constantly feeling like I brought a knife to a gun fight.
Mostly I'm just venting but I am open to ideas on the spinner. Would 30lb braid do better, or do I need to go lighter? Super frustrated with this thing. And is there a drawback to going with heavy braid and 30lb leader on the baitcasters? I use them for topwater and weighted hooks with paddle tail swim baits and fluke type baits.