Originally Posted by AdrianV
Thanks for your advice.
To give some more info: the seabass we are after are a bit smaller than the stripers you are used to. Unfortunately we don't have those overhere. Our bass grow up to about 15-20 lbs. If you get one of 5 pound plus you have a nice fish. For the weight/power ratio they are the tuffest fighting fish I have encountered (including fresh run 40 lbs+ Kings, large trout and 30lbs pike)
The ideal rod for the fish itself is, in my opinion a 7 or 8 rod. Sometimes you have to use a heavier line, but that is due to the wind or weight of the flies used. We use about the same flies as you do for stripers, just a bit smaller in general. The kind of fishing is from beaches (open surf) often casting far out to structures. Also popular is belly boating in a secluded area, seperated form the open sea by a large dam of bolders (large concrete blocks). It's very tempting to try it on the outside of this dam too, as it's much better fishing. If you do so you will arrive in England in about one week! Kayaking is possible but haven't tried that yet.
Hope you all had a fine Thanksgiving.
I used to fish the E.Coast a bunch for stripers. At one time I lived and died for it. I think that given the average size of the fish you're talking about a 7 or 8wt is just fine. If these fish run towards structure and try to rock you then go with the heavier stick because you have got to stop them. If they avoid structure and slug it out in open water I'd go with the 7wt. Any major rod manufacturer makes suitable rods these days and they are all much
quicker and more powerful than anything I ever fished with, it just depends on what you prefer.
One of the rods of choice where I fished was a 9' 7-8wt Sage RP. Stiff rod for its day...however, not much of a stick powerwise compared to what's being offered for sale now. Just for an illustration, I knew of a guy who landed a 26 lb bass in an area full of docks, bouys and all sorts of junk where he could of got wrapped. At night. Rod was a 5 or 6wt Sage RP. If you're just throwing smaller flies, you don't need much stick for stripers. But that was pushing it.
The rods I fished were a 908-4 Scott "T" rod and a Winston 9' 8wt IM6 "XD" rod. Both very moderate, even soft rods by today's standards. I only felt the need for more stick once, but that was on an exceptionally nice fish in some current that ran for a bridge.
Hear of a lot of 9 and 10, even 11 wts out there now...why I have no idea.
Maybe it's the size flies being thrown these days, some of which are the size of a billfish fly. Or an Atom Swimmer.
Oh, and the rods I mentioned above all doubled as bluefish, bonito and albie rods as well.
I'd like to see what these critters look like. Can you post a photo of one?