September 27, 2016 at 2:05pm
Spinning setups can be a really useful tool, but a little bit of prep work goes a long way! For finesse fishing, I spool up a 2500-3000 size Shimano Stradic with 15lb braid (high vis yellow to see my line moving) and attach a fluorocarbon leader that is anywhere from 2-6' long. Any longer and the leader knot will sit on you spool and can mess up your casting. Braid is great because it eliminates line twist, and if you aren't fishing clear water, you can just use straight braid. Spinning outfits excel at casting lightweight rigs like wacky rigs or allowing you to skip light jigs under docks without backlashing. My all-around spinning outfit is a 7' medium action G Loomis with a fast tip, it will cover just about any technique in a pinch. If I'm fishing deep, clear water, like dropshotting for smallmouth or largemouth on the TN River Chain, they I go to a 6'10' Mag Light setup, with 12lb braid to an 8lb fluorocarbon leader. This light rod allows me to really work a fish by adjusting my drag and keeps me from bending out my tiny #2 Owner Mosquito hook. The other great thing about a light rod is it stays bent the whole time you are fighting a fish, so you almost never lose one! But if you're just fishing in South LA, I would say a 2500-3500 sized reel with 15-20lb braid (and a leader if in clear water) on a medium or medium heavy rod would be a great setup. You can do quite a lot with it, and it REALLY shines when throwing weightless Senkos, Flukes, or Trick Worms, and skipping jigs under branches or docks is a BREEZE! If you set one up right, you can have a ton of success with a good spinning setup!