I always carry a couple spinning rods spooled with 30# braid and a 20# mono top-shot with a big silver or gold spoon (not a deep-drop jigging spoon, a regular spoon) with a "Mr. Twister" tail, or top-water chug-bait attached. Reel's a Penn CLL 5000 attached to an Ugly Stik. Cast to every little bit of weed you see once you're offshore, there won't be many of them. Keep in mind it's very possible that the tiny little bit of weed you see on top may be the proverbial "tip of the ice berg." No telling how much weed or how many fish or what kind of fish are hanging around down there. I've hooked up to some nice dolphin doing this. If you hook a fish don't reel it in immediately, have someone else grab the other spinning rod and cast out somewhere behind where your line is. (that's why I like spinning rods, anyone nearby can sling a line out in a hurry with 30 seconds of instruction) Without palming the spool you're only gonna' be able to apply about 14 pounds of drag with this outfit, which is plenty for lots of fish. If you start catching peanuts you'll wish you'd brought three spinning rigs. Best of luck and have fun!
edited to add: And bring extra spoons and plugs. Anything with teeth will be gone in no time.
Edited by Slow Drifter (07/31/15 04:37 PM)