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#1 Seastrike

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Posted February 28 2013 - 9:07 PM


Need to pick up some better gear for fishing the canal this season. 



Spent last season trying not to fall down rocks and seagrass and break my neck.



 



Whats recommended for good footgear ? Corkers ? Boots ? Studs ?



 



Thanks !




#2 robc22

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Posted February 28 2013 - 9:15 PM

I just wear good old ankle boots......not recommended for walk great distances though.......................



#3 bob_G

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Posted February 28 2013 - 9:21 PM

I wear a rugged pair of ankle high lace up hunting boots, with heavy vibram soles. Rocks are tough on the soles of your feet, and hunting boots handle rocks well.


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Posted February 28 2013 - 10:39 PM

Got a pair of the convertible Korker boots that I wear with thigh high waders most of the time. Like them a lot better than the regular Korkers or other studded boots I use to wear.


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Posted March 01 2013 - 2:49 AM

I use an old pair of wading boots. I put some steel lugs on them for traction. Work rather well.



#6 geetey

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Posted March 01 2013 - 6:41 AM

Keen wading sandals with Korkers.:)



#7 Bourne

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Posted March 01 2013 - 6:49 AM

Korkers with felt and stud sole.
Waders are handy as they often allow you to stand in sandy areas below the rocks in maybe a foot of water. There are only a few locations on the canal where I wade out to waist deep.



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Posted March 01 2013 - 7:49 AM

In almost 50 years of Canal fishing, I've never laced on a pair of Korkers. Not even once. I wear a pair of hiking boots, with an aggressive tread sole. I've never taken a bad fall. Of the few times I've taken minor falls, Korkers wouldn't have made a damn bit of difference. Every so often, I forget the cardinal rule of climbing up/down Canal rocks: test the stability of any rock, even the big ones, before you put your full weight on it. :D


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#9 Stewie

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Posted March 01 2013 - 8:56 AM

It seems when I wear just my workboots, I always end up at a spot where I need to splash though a foot of water. That said, I usually just wear my cleated wader boots over a pair of woolies. If my feet get wet, they'll dry. I have jumped in to grab a fish that bellied up after release. It's a long ride home in soaking wet jeans. ;)


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Posted March 01 2013 - 9:09 AM

same here



#11 rthomas

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Posted March 01 2013 - 9:27 AM

I wear a good pair of waterproof Gortex hunting boots with Korkers. At my age, I feel a little more secure with the Korkers. They do work but as Ditch said "test the stability of any rock, even the big ones, before you put your full weight on it".


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Posted March 01 2013 - 9:37 AM


A couple years ago I picked up a pair of Simms Freestone Vibram wading boots and installed their "hardbite" studs. They work great on the canal rocks. The studs have gotten pretty worn down and a few are missing. Need to do some replacing before the season.



I'll have mine on the rocks.

#13 b-ware

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Posted March 01 2013 - 10:02 AM

Most of the Canal regularswear nothing but knee high fishing boots with rubber soles......................



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Posted March 01 2013 - 10:08 AM

White ones :D


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Posted March 01 2013 - 11:27 AM