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Features : Fishing Report Last Updated: Dec 19, 2012 - 10:21:37 AM

Fishing gear makes a great gift for the angler on your list
By Greg Peralta
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:19:52 AM

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, I have been inundated with inquiries regarding fishing related Christmas presents. Since fishing was pretty tough this week (due to the new moon high tides), I thought answering a few gift related questions might be helpful. Most of the inquiries have been about the tackle system (i.e. rod and reel) and lures that I use.   
For casting soft plastic lures (which I do most of the time), a lightweight outfit is essential. For this task, I use a Shimano 6’6” medium light Convergence rod matched with a Penn Battle 1000 frame reel. The reel is spooled with PowerPro 10/2 high visibility yellow braid (10 pound breaking strength with a 2-pound diameter).  On small frame reels (like the Penn Battle 1000) thin diameter braided line is essential for casting distance and line capacity.  
During the winter, I spend a lot of time on the flats in pursuit of Redfish. As the season progresses, the Redfish become very wary. The key to consistent success is making long and accurate casts. For this type of fishing, a longer rod is needed. Recently, I have been using a Temple Fork Outfitters 7’ medium light (GTS SWS703-1) rod matched with a Shimano Stradic 2500 frame reel. When fishing from a distance, the larger frame reel is a tremendous asset as it is recovers line more quickly (than a smaller 1000 frame reel). The reel is spooled with PowerPro 10/2 high visibility yellow braid (as it helps with casting distance).
I prefer lead head jigs with dual barbs on their collars as they hold soft plastic lures much better. Fishing Mission and Slayer jigs have dual barbs and good hooks. Typically, I use quarter ounce jig. However, when target wary fish in shallow water, I downsize to an eighth ounce jig.
For soft plastic lures (that go on the jigs), I use Z-Man MinnowZ bodies. This winter, the Bad Shad color has been highly productive. A bag of Z-Man MinnowZ Bad Shads along with a small box of ProCure scent make a great stocking stuffer.
Hope this list helps.  Happy Holidays!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (843) 224-0099.
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