Lake Michigan Pier/Shore Fishing
My friend fished a Lake Michigan tributary the other day and got a couple from shore. Tons of fun catching these fish on light tackle in shallow water!
I use my St croix Legend Tounament rods right now. Not what they are intended for (drunk shore fishing ha-ha).
Reel you want something with a very good drag and a decently large capacity. I'm a shimano guy so I'd recommend a Stradic hands down in the 4000 size. It is a $180 reel though. I've been fishing with this reel for about 7 years now, first cleaned the drag this year even though it was still butter smooth - I figured it was just time.
If your going to skimp, skimp on the rod and get a gander rod instead of going more expensive and get the better reel if you can. You most definitely will not regret it. The first time you have a king scream out 100 yards of line and your drag doesn't tightening up and snap the line, you will be eternally thankful for the decision.
Its one thing to have a drag feel smoothish for a small run like a bass or northern might make. Its another thing for a drag to hold up to what a king will dish out.
any recommendation? thanks!