Inshore Fishing Strike King KVD Wake Bait Setup [Rod, Reel, & More]
Here’s the ULTIMATE inshore fishing wake bait setup!
All summer long I have been crushing redfish on the Wake Bait and in turn, lots of questions have come in asking about the setup I use to fish this lure.
Find out more in the video here!!
Inshore Fishing Wake Bait Setup [VIDEO]
- Strike King KVD Wake Bait
- Daiwa BG MQ
- TFO Professional Series 7’6 Medium
- 15lb PowerPro
- 30lb Ande Monofilament Leader
Strike King KVD Wake Bait
If you’ve seen some of my previous videos, then you know I love to fish with the Wake Bait A LOT.
Redfish, speckled trout, and more can’t help but strike the Wake Bait when they see it.
However, a lot of that success will depend on the rod & reel pairing you’re using with this lure.
The Daiwa BG MQ 3000 is incredibly durable and one of the best inshore saltwater fishing reels on the market.
This reel is a tank and on top of that, it can handle plenty of splashes if it’s rinsed down with some freshwater later on.
The major impact of this reel is felt in the line pick-up speed.
You do not have to overwork your gear to retrieve the Wake Bait as necessary.
More often than not, redfish take a run right at my vessel once its hooked and being able to pick up that slack in the line quickly ins crucial.
The Daiwa BG MQ is designed to eliminate headaches and worry about gear response and flex in the reel as a result of its rigidity and clever assembly.
The weight of this reel is slightly heavier than that of a Fuego but that is solved when its paired with the right rod.
The TFO Professional Rod Series tend to run a bit more rigid and stiff.
However, that same rigidness is what helps you keep the Wake Bait right below the surface of the water.
That way the lip on the Wake Bait can’t dig deeper which would bring your lure down lower and in the way of potential snags.
Furthermore, the bend in this rod is much closer to the rod tip than in others.
As a result, the lure has more time to load to increase casting distance and gives you quick response time when a fish strikes your lure.
Fish have a much harder time shaking hooks with rigidity than those rods that bend further down the blank.
Moreover, the Wake Bait is one of the best lures for covering lots of ground in search of redfish.
The TFO Professional Rod allows you to really get the Wake Bait out far and fast so you can cover lots of water in a short time.
I use the TFO Professional 7’6 Medium Action.
I do feel that the TFO rods run a bit heavy which is why I prefer the Medium to the Medium-Heavy.
The weedless hook keeper down near the reel seat also lets you easily secure the lure and use it as needed.
Line & Leader
I prefer to have 15lb braid spooled up on my Daiwa BG MQ for this setup.
Oftentimes, the bigger redfish will eat the Wake Bait, and that 15lb braid gives me more comfort.
As far as leader line, 30lb monofilament leader is what I recommend.
30lb leader gives you the strength needed to reel in this big redfish.
The Strike King KVD Wake Bait is my current confidence lure when it comes to catching giant bull redfish.
When rigged up with the setup and gear explained above, this is an elite outfit for big redfish.
This setup will perform in just about every inshore saltwater fishing situation!!
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