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Fishing Tip:
Practice casting daily for the week leading up to your trip to build up arm strength, endurance and accuracy.

Spinning Gear and Tackle List

Bring it, rent it or buy it at the lodge – it’s your choice!

Spinning Equipment Recommendations:
We suggest you bring at least two spinning rods: a light-medium, fast-action rod for bonefish and permit, plus a stiff, heavy, fast-action rod for tarpon and large reef species. Rent or buy what you need in the lodge shop to make your life easier. 

Spinning Equipment for Permit:
• Rod: 8 to 16 lb., 7 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater 
• Reel: 4000 to 5000 saltwater spinning reel
• Line: 8 to 16 lb., braided or mono
• Leader: 3 to 10 feet of 20 to 25 lb. fluorocarbon
• Lures: Jig and jig heads 1/4 to 1 oz. on #0 to #4 hooks, tied with bunny, marabou or flavored artificial crabs
• Simple Hooks: #2 circle hook for natural bait like live crabs

Spinning Equipment for Bonefish:
• Rod: 4 to 12 lb., 7 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater 
• Reel: 3000 to 4000 saltwater spinning reel
• Line: 4 to 12 lb., braided or mono
• Leader: 3 to 10 feet of 12 to 20 lb. fluorocarbon
• Lures: Jig and jig heads 1/8 to 1/2 oz. on #4 to #8 hooks, tied with bunny, marabou, flavored artificial worms or natural bait like live crabs

Spinning Equipment for Tarpon:
• Rod: 12 to 20 lb., 7 to 8 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater 
• Reel: 5000 to 6000 saltwater spinning reel 
• Line: 12 to 20 lb., mono
• Shock Leader: 2 to 4 feet of 70 to 90 lb. fluorocarbon or nylon
• Lures: Artificial minnows, WTD, Poppers, jig and jig heads 1/2 to 2 oz. on #3/0 to #4/0 hooks, tied with bunny, marabou, flavored artificial fish or flavored artificial shrimp

Spinning Equipment for Snook:
• Rod: 8 to 16 lb., 7 feet long, fast action, designed for saltwater 
• Reel: 4000 to 5000 saltwater spinning reel 
• Line: 8 to 16 lb., braided or mono
• Leader: 2 to 4 feet of 50 to 70 lb. fluorocarbon
• Lures: Artificial minnows, WTD, Poppers, jig and jig heads 1/2 to 2 oz. on #3/0 to #4/0 hooks, tied with bunny, marabou, flavored artificial fish or flavored artificial shrimp

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