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DHill72
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Posted - 04/14/2019 :  12:37:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit DHill72's Homepage Send DHill72 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Are there any areas people would recommend or have had some luck recently? What do you think is in the area?

DillyDally
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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  08:28:05 AM  Show Profile Send DillyDally a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So... check out YouTube for these fine fella's... Woody's Reeltime Fishing and Jiggin' Jerry. They are local guys that show you exactly where to fish and how to do it today or any day. Guaranteed to make your day better just watching them do a great job any time of the year. Awesome folks!

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DillyDally
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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  08:28:05 AM  Show Profile Send DillyDally a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So... check out YouTube for these fine fella's... Woody's Reeltime Fishing and Jiggin' Jerry. They are local guys that show you exactly where to fish and how to do it today or any day. Guaranteed to make your day better just watching them do a great job any time of the year. Awesome folks!

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runbabyrun
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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  9:53:23 PM  Show Profile Send runbabyrun a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mr. Hill I know you were wanting to head out to the meet and greet that we had a couple of weeks ago to pick up a few pointers and couldn't make it. I wrote up a few things and will shoot it by you. Take in consideration that sometimes I get it wrong, and what I say is just an opinion. Opinions vary from person to person, but its the best I can do. A-Z surf fishing basics.

Etiquette- Follow all laws, rules and regulations that vary from beach to beach. Pick up after yourself and leave nothing but foot prints. Give people their space. Spots belong to everyone but I believe in a first come first serve basis. If you arrive first it should be yours. I like to space out enough so you cant hit the other fellow casting or vice versa. Don't cast into a bunch of swimmers.
Rods- I like the 9-11ft range. 9 in the wash and 10 or 11ft for casting beyond the breakers. The rods up front I shoot for one rated in the 2-6ou. For the bigger rods I shoot for a rating of 3-8ounce. Ratings are written on the side of the rod. Some popular surf rods are St Croix, Star, Tica, and Tsunami. Read up on warranties before purchasing. They vary from one year to lifetime.
Reels- An excellent source for reels is Alan Hawk.com. He does unbiased great reviews, although they aren't perfect. Sealed reels are good for the salt and sand in the surf. The real repair guy named Steve from Haddrels says the closest thing to surf fishing conditions would be Mars. Meaning it is pretty unforgiving. Got a broken reel or need servicing he is the man. They clean up reels for 25-30 bucks. Good to do if they start feeling rough.Some reels that are sealed pretty good are the Shimano Spheres, Penn Spinfishers.Quantum Cabos are not sealed to that extent but are smooth as butter and are powerful refined reels. On A budget allot of people like Diawa BG's but I have seen a decent amount of chatter that they are not particularly a good choice for the surf. These are people that have owned them, but they have a huge following by many that love them. For cleaning your rods and reels after a day on the beach use a light mist of water and wipe down. Always tighten the drag down before any spraying. Hard powerful spray pushes sand into them. They also sell reel cleaner at fishing stores in a spray bottle. Do not jet blast them. After a light mist, give um a dry wipe and loosen the drag before storing. Try not to dunk them at beach or lay in the sand.
Tackle- Double drop rigs for smaller targeting species. The ones with beads. Small hooks. For chunking bait for big reds. I prefer to make my own single hook rig with 50lb mono and a 5/o hook. Good hooks are Owner, Daichi, Gamagatsu.
Bait- fresh is best. Fish will hit stinky frozen stuff but the reality is the fresh stays on the hook much better. Shrimp and cut fish are good all around baits. Strong current days fish bites are a God Send, they don't come off the hook and they do produce as well. Squid also stays on the hook for strong day winds. I like cut bait for Bull Reds and shrimp on the double drop rigs, but don't be fooled a 5 ft shark will hit a shrimp as small as your thumb nail if he comes across it.
Line I like 20-30lb for fish. If casting for shark use 50-65lb. Some people use braid some use mono. Mono works fine but if you need capacity braid is thinner and you get more on a reel. Mono is much cheeper than braid. Braid generally breaks at a higher strength than what it is listed as. For example most 30ld braid breaks at 4o or even more.
Surf carts- Use medium to large carts. Make sure you have the means to transport them they are huge. Balloon tires work great and make pulling them much easier. Angler fish mate have some with the orange poly wheels that are somewhat affordable. Lots of various grey poly wheels online as well. Wheeleeze makes some premium ones but they cost around 200.00.
Water resistance- It is a good idea to get a waterproof case for your phone.
Sand spikes- Shoot for as close to 50 inches as possible. Aluminum spikes. Long spikes help keep reels out of the wash and you can bury them deep to prevent them from being pulled out of the sand. Don't set your drag to tight and walk off. I have seen a few poles get yanked into the ocean.
Fish preservation- return fish quick, they are holding their breath. Don't put hands in gill plates for holding. Don't hold big fish vertically for a picture. Support the fish from underneath with both hands. Don't hug or remove the slime from their body, it is a protective coating.Fixed weights with short 5 inch leaders help prevent big reds from getting gut hooked. If you look on the DNR site they have examples of good rigs to use to help prevent gut hooking. They say to use circle hooks but In my opinion the fixed weight and short leader is key. I know people that use J-hooks and no issue with gut hooking as long as the leader is short and fixed with a non sliding weight.
Where to fish- A good start is reading the beach by Rich Troxler. Someone can point you in a specific spot thats productive but that will teach you nothing and you will be good at that spot. It's better to learn how to identify productive spots and be able to catch fish on any beach you walk on to. Whats the saying? Give a man a fish and he has dinner, teach a man to fish and he will eat good the rest of his life. You want to study reading the beach videos. Go out and scout the beaches at low tide when you can identify key areas. Big pot holes, drop offs and ledges, sand bars and troughs.When the water rolls back in target those spots as they get covered. Fish areas with structure poles rocks etc.The beaches change all the time, a spot can go from feast to famine from one year to another.Fish often, allot falls into place when you do so. Read the forum and see who's having success and see if you know where they are going. It will also be a good gage to tell you whats hitting and when. Location where you fish is so very important. Walk those beaches and find those spots. Put baits in the wash, put baits just behind the breakers and target both zones. Target whats running. Take in consideration some days you will catch nothing, it doesn't mean you have had a bad day, every day you get to go out and enjoy what we have been blessed with, is a good one. With all that being said, you dont have to spend an arm and a leg to be successful. A 25 dollar pole catches fish just as good.All you need is a rod, reel a little bait and some determination. Good luck Mr. Hill.

Edited by - runbabyrun on 04/15/2019 10:21:14 PM
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DHill72
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Posted - 04/16/2019 :  07:29:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit DHill72's Homepage Send DHill72 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have watched Jerry a good bit over the last few months but I will check out the other channel as well. I have watched the videos of how to read the beach but I have yet to go surf fishing yet.

We started on the Mt. Pleasant pier yesterday and the wind was whipping and the current was really strong. No one was having much luck and we only saw 2 rays getting pulled in. Around noon we went to the Pitt street bridge where we managed to catch a flounder which was the only bite of the day.

Iím off work this week so Iím going to try to get back out later this week. Maybe fish the surf if I can.
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DHill72
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Posted - 04/16/2019 :  9:06:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit DHill72's Homepage Send DHill72 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Went to the cove two hours after high tide this evening. Pelicans and birds diving so i was throwing a 3 oz spoon but whipped off the spoon and ended up having nothing else but top water. Didnít have any luck but saw lots of life of bait fish and itís beautiful over there. Iím going again over there tomorrow.
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