Light Setup 7’ MH Spinning Rod: You’ll quickly find a fast to
Reel Size: 5000 – 8000 size class
Typical Line: 30lb Braid
Leader: A rod length of 50lb Fluorocarbon
Capt. Ross’ Light Outfit: Sewell Custom Tenax 7’ MH 17-40lb: These custom rods have gathered a cult following for targeting tarpon, large snook, cobia and permit. The blanks feature a moderately fast tip action, ideal for snap casting 1/2oz – 2oz weight Pro Tail Paddles, Unweighted 10-inch Original Eels and Small Sliders. I’ll load these up with 30lb braid on a Diawa Saltist 4500 or Shimano Twinpower 6000. You’ll be able to spool up about 300yds of braid on the setup, which is enough for handling the long initial run of large tarpon in shallow water.
Heavy Setup 8’ XH Spinning Rod: If you find yourself targeting tarpon in deep water or heavy current you’ll soon be looking for the added benefit of a very sturdy backbone in your rod blank. Quickly after the surface acrobatics subside, large tarpon
Reel Size: 8000 – 10000 size class
Typical Line: 50lb – 65lb Braid
Leader: A rod Length 50lb – 80lb Fluorocarbon
Capt. Ross’ Heavy Outfit Sewell 8’ XH Hogy Swim Bait Rod 20-60lb: I had the pleasure of helping hand select these blanks for strength, action, weight
The Shore Tarpon Setup: There are several tarpon fisheries accessible for shore bound anglers and gearing up to target 100-pound plus fish from shore will require some advanced techniques and high quality tackle. Northeast style surf rods ranging from 9’ to 12’ lengths will greatly improve casting range and the addition of a weather sealed reel will take the inevitable abuse from sand, salt and surf.
Reel Size: 8000 – 16000 size class
Typical Line: 50lb to 80lb Braid
Leader: A rod length of 50lb – 130lb Fluorocarbon
Capt. Ross’ Surf Tarpon Rod Custom 10’ Century CTS H Spinning Rod: My go-to setup for targeting big tarpon in the surf has plenty of back bone to put some serious heat on a blistering tarpon run. You’ll need a high capacity reel, in my case I’m using a Van Staal VS200 with 65lb braided line. This is a great all-purpose, get down and dirty surf setup. It’s a bit of a meat grinder, but it holds up in some extreme conditions and won’t fail if it gets dunked in some sandy surf water.