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Harkers Gear

Postby bhorsley » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:05 pm

Gear for Harkers Island

We are getting lots of questions about gear for Harkers Island Fall fishing. Here is a list of what we use. We are going to break it down by species.

7 to 8 wts like Sage Xi3, Salt, X, Salt HD or Redington Predator or rod make of your choice. Intermediate fly lines get the most use but floating will work. Some times a light sink tip are the best —200 to 250 grain. RIO’s Outbound Short is our work horse. This model comes in three versions —floating, intermediate, and floating with a 10’ clear tip. Awesome lines. The sink tip that works well for us is the RIO Leviathan 250 grain sink tip and or the 350 grain sink tip. We keep two to three rods rigged for spanish/ blues in September and October one with each line.

Our favorites are 9 wts and the occasional to 10 wt. We prefer fast action like the Sage X, Salt, Salt HD, or the older Xi2, or Xi3. There are many choices. We are big fans of the Sage reels, the current Spectrum Max (which was the 6200 series) is a strong reel with a very nice price and we use them exclusively. 300 yrs of backing is more than enough and if you are finding yourself running short of backing you ain’t pulling hard enough! We use three different types of lines for our Albie fishing. The most used is the RIO Outbound Short Intermediate—like all OutBound Short lines they come two versions tropical and regular —both work just fine. This model comes in three versions —floating, intermediate, and floating with a 10’ clear tip. Some people prefer a floating OBS or even the 10’ clear tip. We use all three. For dredging albies RIO Leviathan 400 grain sink tip is perfect.

Trawler fishing for albies and sharks.
Albies the same dredging tackle list above. Sharks 12 wts and up with 400/500 grain sink tips.

Big reds
Rods need to be bigger not so much for the fish but for the heavy sink tips. Sage Salt, Salt HD in 11 or 12 wts are good choice but any 11 to 12 wt rod will work. Reels with 300 years of backing are fine. RIO Leviathan Sink-Tip in 500, 600, or 750 are the lines you will need to get the flies down.

Backing: we use 50 pound power pro on all of our tackle or something similar.
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Re: Harkers Gear

Postby QuinVenson » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:15 am

Thanks, man! It was great knowing this.

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