Oneshot....specs and reds are really two different kinds of fishing if your are after the bigger reds. Trout can be handled easily with normal freshwater gear used for bass, walleye, or small cats. They tend to be between 2 and 5 lbs until the big sows come in from the Gulf in the winter to spawn. Then it can be serious fun on light gear. Redfish on the other hand are known for being brawlers, and on average are considerably bigger than trout. If you are inshore fishing for them, (in the marshes along the Gulf)it would be a good idea to stick with baitcasting or spinning gear suitable for catfishing up here. Most of the guys who fish for reds in the lower delta of the Mississippi use long handle rods for leverage (a pistol grip rod will have you running to the ER for a brace after one fight), minimum 20 lb line, and 7 to 8 foot medium heavy action rods that have plenty of backbone. If you are confined to fishing from shore, depending on where you are, try to find a long dock going out into the Gulf....the specs like to cruise the shallows looking for shrimp. Reds can be caught in the same water using plastic jigs, jerk baits, and live crabs if you can find them. To take full advantage of fishing for reds, you really should hire a guide with a boat and fish the estuary waters....those guys know where the fish are and what they are biting on. The same goes for specs....the professional guides make their living by knowing the best holes, and can consistently put their clients on fish.
A relatively inexpensive way to come home with a cooler full of fish filets is to spend the day on a "party boat" that provides everything you need...gear, bait, lunch, etc.
Those guys go out into the Gulf and fish over reefs and wrecks, and target black grouper, red grouper, sharks, etc.
We're on a mission from God.
Jake & Elwood Blue