Redfish are gonna have to get a lot harder to catch before I try it.
There's nothing to rethink. The solution is simple. Yak-a-Lou is spot on. Fluorocarbon leader 2-3' That will make all the difference. I use a leader for everything. Uni-2-Uni knot is a simple knot...
I sent you a PM. I have a 15" planer in BR.
Jerold Horst and Mike Lane's "Fish Book" says that hardheads are good to eat. I never tried one, so I can't say.