Tarpon set up! Rod, Reel, Lines, Lure and where to buy them. Part 1 of 2

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Part 2 of this video is the most important part!! How we fish artificials to get all those fish to bite!

Text Transcript
hey everybody captain Scott Owens here in southeast Georgia with southeastern
angling want to talk a little bit today about how I tarpon fish with artificial lures
the rod the reel the line the knots and even one of my favorite lures so this is
something we get asked about all the time please share your feedback in the
comments below or if you have any other questions or any videos you want to see
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so a lot of different ways the tarpon fish along the East Coast and coastal
Georgia people do a lot of different things I mean I’ve seen guys using small
international reels we all started out with TLD 25s up here for the most part
and the South Florida guy has come out in the over the years I’ve scale way
back on my tackle sizes for a lot of different reasons but the main reason is
is we’re throwing smaller lures cooking more fish and catching more fish alright
so first things first the rod and reel setup this is my absolute favorite rod
and reel setup for tarpon here in coastal Georgia I know a lot of you guys
are gonna go what is he talking about when you see this anybody that’s fished
with me in the past knows that this rod and reel is very very capable we’ve
caught fish in excess of 150 pounds on these rods and reels with no problem and
they’re great for smaller fish as well bull red is big jacks and all that first
things first the reel it’s a Shimano Saragosa 6,000 SW and it’s a saltwater reel made
by Shimano alright it’s not a big reel it’s pulled up with 40 pound power Pro
slick alright these things have the ability to pull it astronomical amount
of drag I don’t have the specs right here in front of me it’s a double drag
system in these reels they’ve held up really well for years and years I
started out using a ten thousands for bait fishing and slowly but surely I’ve
downsized to the point where we don’t even hardly bait fish anymore
pretty much through artificials and and flies it fish but the reels of Saragossa
6000 the rod is a saint croix avid inshore it’s a seven six ten to twenty
rod alright the model number is V is 7 6 M H F and
both the rod of the reel and the line can be found on my on my amazon shopping
page you can find that link down below but let’s talk a little bit how we do
this now this rod is not a very stiff rod this 7 6 version has got a nice tip
okay it allows you to throw lures that are small smaller like the DOA that I
throw so much all right the DOA we’ll talk about it is just
their bait Buster we’ve got I mean I’ve got a bag here you can see a lot of
different colors in this bag ok but there’s one thing that all the colors
share and that is the hook and the weight that are in these ok this is not
your standard hook and weight that come with these and you buy in the store this
is they’re trolling head so it’s going to be almost a 1 ounce or right out of
one ounce head with a 7 on hook they are upgrading this hook in this bait I
expect it to be available this year I’m excited about that because we do
straighten out a lot of these hooks on fish to tell you the the strength of the
rod and the setup is we open up that that seven on quite often on tarpon and
it is a from what I can tell a must add something similar to a 77 66 which is
what we’ve been using for years in Coastal Georgia bait fishing with
menhaden for tarpon but what we do is we’re going to go to our braid okay and
we’re going to tie in a piece of 40-pound either mono or fluorocarbon now
I want to make sure that everybody understands that knot we use here it’s
called an FG knot okay I’ll do a video on how to tie the FG knot or a quick
search on the internet will also find you how do that not those knots hold much better
with monofilament okay fluorocarbon is very hard it is it takes a little
practice to get them to hold really well with fluorocarbon you got to pull them
really tight to do that monofilament they they will actually squeeze into the
monofilament a lot better but I use about a 5 foot long piece of 40-pound
okay can we step that off and we tie that in with an FG not all right
straight in to your braid and then from the 40 we’re gonna go to either sixty or eighty
pound fluorocarbon now when we do that we’re gonna actually only use about 12
inches of that fluorocarbon all right so what’s gonna happen is you’re gonna be
able to reel in that FG not straight in to the guides on the rod okay that’s
what that knot is designed for it doesn’t hang up on your on your guides
of your rod you’ll reel that five feet roughly or almost five feet of fluorocarbon or
monofilament forty pound into your guides what will be left is going to be
your lure okay and about 12 inches of your sixty or your eighty pound all
right that’s what you’re gonna leave at the end of the rod for casting you don’t
want to leave five feet you don’t want to reel the knot that’s just basically a
uni to uni for your 42 your 60 or 80 you don’t want to reel that into the tip of
your rod it will possibly pull out the insert the ceramic or al can I insert
that’s inside of the tip of your rod overtime from casting also hang up and
create wind knots then we’re just going to tie in to our lure or whatever is
your preference okay I am a big fan in the DOAs but I also like hoagies there’s
some other swim baits that I like as well that are paddle tails and stuff
like that but you’re going to tie directly into that and that’s pretty much it so I’ll show
you guys here on another rod that I use for top waters early in the mornings a
little bit heavier rod it’s a seven six and then say fifteen to thirty much
stouter rod some people would say why don’t you just use this rod all the time
and there’s a couple reasons one is the but on this rod is longer it’s not quite
as easy to maneuver around the body when you’re when you’re casting all right
I’ve also found that the lighter rod your hook up ratios go way up not a
hundred percent sure why that is but we for years we’re throwing these
DOAs and lures with these heavier rods and we would jump so many of these fish
off and whether it be drag you know heavy drag light drag you know didn’t
really matter but we would jump them off and I started fishing with lighter rods
in the last several years this has not been a long-term thing for me here in
Coastal Georgia maybe four years but we started fishing with wider rods and our
hook up ratio is way up with these these artificials alright so as you’ll see
here I’m going to show you guys what an FG knot looks like and I’ll see if I
can get it close in for some people that have never seen it but that’s an FG
knot there’s a little tag in there that’s fluffed out but as you can see
there’s not much there in the way of a knot there’s nothing for the guides to
grab on alright and then that’s gonna be about five feet of that 40 and then
you’re gonna have adjoining knot that’s gonna connect that 42 a piece of sixty
or eighty and this one’s getting short the reason why I start out with twelve
inches is because as you cut lures off you don’t have to change this piece
every time alright that’s that and I hope you guys enjoyed this quick episode
of how we rigged for tarpon with art officials here in coastal Georgia
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