jsbergen

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About jsbergen

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  • About Me:
    My passion for surf fishing is something that even I cant comprehend sometimes. I fish almost entirely with rigged sluggos and it has changed my life!
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing the shores at night. Creepin while they're sleepin.
  • What I do for a living:
    Commercial Landscape Industry

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  1. The 9” sluggo in the “ angry squid” ( reddish) has always worked very well for me.
  2. Hmm, shouldn’t be happening like that. Sometimes right after putting the line on you might run into an issue but shouldn’t keep happening. Go to a field or area with a lot of space. Tie off to something and walk back as far as you can. Then reel back in keeping the line as tight as possible. Should solve your issue. I always do it after a fresh spooling.
  3. It’s not nonsense by any means in terms of solely surfcasting. The bait schools are further out now due to the limited amount of blues pushing the bait in tight to the beach. Declining blues has been a big part of the reason bass from the surf has been getting worse for seasons now.
  4. No, because we killed them all. This has also led to thi decline in bass from the surf as the lack of blues pushing bait up on the beach has helped to shut down the bass bite as well. Sucks.
  5. Always dress it the BK with something. The best BK Fisherman I know and have watched ( John Skinner) use a jig strip style trailer. Curly tails produce but I would put them 2nd to a pork rhind style. The Tactical Angler clips are essential as well.
  6. It’s just not for me I guess is a true statement. I have a 17oz reel that I use now and plugging that all day over a 22.5 oz reel is like night and day. Additionally the lack of a manual bail trip is just as big of an issue for me.
  7. Just refered back to this post for first time in about a week. I must say I feel like I’ve gained priceless knowledge/tips from some very experienced folks. This is what it’s all about for me. Knowledge.
  8. To me the Slammer3 is a BOAT reel and not for the surf atleast here in the NE My reasons; The 4500 is too light at 14.7oz, lacks line capacity (for anyone wanting over 30lb braid), does not have manual bail trip which is a deal breaker. The 5500 is super Big and Bulky at 22.4oz. That’s too heavy to be used for plugging all day long. Would serve much better on a boat vertical jigging. Also, I fished a 5500 a few times and to go from a tight drag setting to a fairly light drag setting it took over a Dozen turns of the knob to achieve. The knob was almost backed off the spool to the point where it was about to come off. I ordered a 6000 Gosa to back up my VR and can’t wait to try it out.
  9. It’s not unusual for a bucktail bite to change to a plug bite after dark. It’s hard for me to understand why this happens but it does atleast for me. Anyway I have a few questions and looking for tips. 1- We’ve all caught with bucktails at night. What are you favorite colors and style of trailer used? 2. Specifically for night fishing do you find a certain condition to be more favorable for bucktails? ( calm, rough, heavy current or sweep) Thanks in advance everyone.
  10. Well it doesn’t take a smart individual to assume that’s true. I was interested in what other patterns guys saw. According to my logbook 2-4 days after those moons is when I had the most consistent large fish.
  11. Most big bass are taken.... 2-4 days after a Full or New moon. Agree or Disagree? How would you reply/complete that statement?? I find this to be true in the few times I’ve caught a big fish ( over 40lb). To me this is the time when I will see to it that I FISH my ass off.
  12. Yea, I absolutely have to put it on my rod before purchase. It’s a 10ft custom 1-4oz. I fish the NJ surf. The reel I have is the VR150. Slammer is too bulky at the 5500 and the 4500 is out because no manual bail. Seems like a boat rod. Saragosa is the current leader. Been told it holds up much better than the Ultegra.
  13. Hey all, I’m looking for input and suggestions on other quality surf reels beside Van Staal. I got my first Van Staal this winter and I can’t get used to nor do I like the stiffness of the retrieve. So what would you suggest beside VS. I’m thinking about a Shimano Saragosa. Thanks in advance.
  14. Very cool. May I ask what beach you plan on fishing? The bite has really started to pick up the last couple days. Hearing of bluefish moving in and a more consistent bass bite. I plan to be fishing fri and saturday atleast becsuse its been a slow season so far with little action.
  15. Very cool. May I ask what beach you plan on fishing? The bite has really started to pick up the last couple days. Hearing of bluefish moving in and a more consistent bass bite. I plan to be fishing fri and saturday atleast becsuse its been a slow season so far with little action.