Recently, I have been experimenting with ultra-light fishing tackle. When targeting redfish and trout, most people (the ones that are smarter than me) use medium or medium-light tackle. Because I am not particularly bright, I fish for these species with light tackle. It makes the game more challenging and fun.
So, it stands to reason that ultra-light tackle would make fishing especially fun. Right?
Not so fast my friend.
First, you have to think about the lures you want to fish. For me, it is a 1/10-ounce NedLockZ jig with a Z-Man Finesse TRD. Then you select the tackle that casts and works the lure effectively. A Shimano 5-foot, 6-inch Clarus spinning rod matched with a 500 frame Siena reel that is spooled with a 5-pound PowerPro braid does a pretty good job.
As it turns out, selecting tackle is the easy part. Catching fish is a different story.
Lesson number one: do not target big redfish holding under a dock with an ultra-light tackle.
The hook up is exciting but the break off is frustrating. Final score: Big redfish 6, ultra-light tackle 0. Yes, it took me six times to determine this is a bad idea. Like I said, I am not that smart.
Lesson number two: practice on the little guys.
Right now, trout are schooled up in holes (10 to 15 feet deep) directly adjacent to shallow oyster laden areas. Most of these fish are small in stature but a blast to catch with ultra-light tackle. Bouncing a 1/10-ounce jig down the depth transition is a sure ticket to steady action. The strike is extremely light. In this situation, ultra-light tackle is an advantage. Final score: Tiny trout 0, ultra-light tackle 20.
Lesson number three: use a 10-pound fluorocarbon leader. I tried 6-pound. Epic fail. It does not have enough abrasion resistance. I tried 8-pound. It worked pretty well. But two feet of 10-pound fluorocarbon leader is what I settled on.
Lesson number four: fishing with an ultra-light tackle is especially fun. Just don’t target big redfish under docks!!