Fishing with the correct gear for the situation isn’t absolutely essential for success, but it’s pretty close. Teaming the right rod with the right reel spooled with the right line casting the right lure will put far more fish in the boat than if any of those factors is subpar.
So my son Joel and I on our most recent trip decided to take one of those out of the equation.
As we often do, we set up a challenge for ourselves, and this one involved the one element that connects an angler to the fish. The day before our trip, we visited our local Academy, and picked up a spool of 6-pound-test monofilament.
We’ve used such light line many times over our fishing careers, but only for targeting bream or crappie on ponds or rivers. It’s really got no place in Louisiana’s marshes, where big redfish roam the brackish waters and pull harder than diesel trucks.
So we loaded one of our medium-heavy rods with the skinny line, and set out on our trip. Here were the rules: We each started the day fishing whatever we wanted, but the angler who caught the first legal fish forced the other angler to use the rod loaded with 6-pound-test until he caught a fish of any type.
It actually proved to be less difficult but way more fun than we anticipated.
Check out the video below to see all the action.
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