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Gear Overview


8 to 9 weight fast-action rods, such as the Sage Salt, Scott Meridian or Hardy Pro-Axis.

(Our Pick) The Scott Meridian 908-4


Saltwater reels are extremely important. We recommend a high-end reel with a superior drag holding 300 yards of 30-40lb backing. Match the reel to the appropriate rod weights above. Top brands are Hatch, Tibor and Nautilus. 

(Our Pick) Hatch Finatic 7 Plus


A versatile, weight-forward floating line is ideal. Choose from the many great saltwater-specific tapers available from SA and RIO.

(Our Pick) Lines from Scientific Anglers. We prefer the Mastery Series.


12 ft., 20lb tapered fluorocarbon leaders are your best bet. You need it to be light enough to fool them but heavy enough to keep them out of the coral.

Note: You'll typically only need to bring 3 leaders for a week's fishing

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