If you are going to do any fishing from rocks, and target fishes like GT, use a long leader around 15 feet preferably 50lb connected using FG knot.
I use a setup like this in spinning reel : mainline (braid)-->12 foot plus leader connected by FG knot -->Swivel-->2 foot Fluoro leader -->Tactical Anglers Clip.
@H_Venkatesan, I see what you're saying here and it ties back to what I was thinking out loud in the last post on possible mono leader from braid for handling purpose, but looks like this is more purposeful. The 12'/15' leader from braid that you talk of, can it be a 50# mono? It's interesting that you mentioned TA clip, while digging around all over the internet I happened to fall upon a couple of surf angling forums where folks swear by their manhood on greatness of these clips, so makes me question
, pun not intended.
This is how I understand it: Mainline 40# braid >>FG knot<<
12' 50# mono leader >>Palomar knot<<
swivel >>Palomar knot<<
2'/3' 30# fluoro >>Palomar knot<< OR >>Clinch knot<<
TA power clip >> lure
From rig up above, in your experience what would be the weakest link, say if there were to be a hangup or while fighting fish? I'd rather it break at the lure, so here the link between fluro leader to TA clip would be the weakest if I choose to use a clinch knot? Usually in fly fishing the weakest link is between the fly and the leader, so thinking of a similar analogy here.
As you rightly put it, I am not planning to spend unnecessarily on lures for certain. For that matter anything more than what is needed to setup a decent surf rod which I might end of using once in a blue moon. But TBH, who knows, if I like it so much I might become a true convert and join the brotherhood full-time and invest in bulletproof gear. At the moment however, fly fishing is still up there in my passion list.
Back on the subject of lures, I think from what y'all have posted here I guess I have a good starting point and I will start hitting the local tackle shops and see what's on sale and something that catches my eyes. I was just sold with the GT ice cream lures no doubt with all the pictures and youtube videos. No doubt it is one of those good lures to have in your tackle box for Stripers, GT's, Mackerel etc. I will however get a decent list ready with Halco poppers, Rapala x-raps, some rattle types, spoons etc.
As always I'm amazed at the local knowledge and humbled by all the free flow of extremely useful information, thanks @H_Venkatesan.
Tight lines all!