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#1 ged

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Posted July 26 2013 - 10:42 AM

I am a surfcaster. When I was young it was by necessity , but now it is by choice. I love the feel of the drag peeling off my reel at false dawn with my feet planted on my favorite rock. I love challenge of successfully landing a cow bass in the riprap. I enjoy the challenge of pushing my body and gear to their limits - and occasionally beyond them.

Over the years I have gained confidence through my experiences. Expectations have evolved, and I find appreciation in the opportunities I have to enjoy the outdoors.

I found myself at my physical limits of my natural casting abilities. I regularly cast "in the middle" of the Canal, but the physical output required to achieve this has taxed my shoulder. I was in need of a coach.

I made a commitment to hire a true professional, Ron Arra. Over several emails the 5 time national distance champion and I discussed my objectives and agreed to meet at a beach for a lesson on casting technique. Conditions were not ideal and location #1 was replaced by the water both Ron and I fish regularly. The Cape Cod Canal.

I was surprised at the simple things I learned. For example:

-Ron uses a leader much shorter than what I typically use.
-Ron ties a uni-uni for his leader to braid (most Canal rats, including myself use a barrel swivel)
-With Ron's technique it requires much less effort, with additional distance achieved.

Overall, it was a great experience that I wish I had invested in earlier in my fishing career. I would reccomend his service to anyone that wants to improve their form and technique. Ron is a natural teacher, his lessons are very straightforward and informative. Hire a guide and catch a fish, hire a teacher and improve your technique forever! When your lesson is over, you will have a new friend.


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Posted July 26 2013 - 10:43 AM

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Posted July 26 2013 - 10:46 AM

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I tried several of Ron's new plugs. They catch. There are local shops in the North East that carry them. Red Top is one such shop.


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Posted July 26 2013 - 11:08 AM

I am glad to hear about the uni to uni knot for mono/braid connections. I have used it for years jigging cod, but it was never really tested (65 lb braid to 50 lb leader could be heavily weakened and it would not matter on a 15lb fish). I double the braid when I tie the knot. Now I am going to go try it with 20 lb braid!


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Posted July 26 2013 - 11:10 AM

no swivel? just a clip on the end of the leader?


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Posted July 26 2013 - 11:53 AM

Very cool and nice pics. I could use a morning with Ron.


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Posted July 26 2013 - 12:17 PM

Very cool and nice pics. I could use a morning with Ron.

you and me both,


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Posted July 26 2013 - 12:20 PM

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Posted July 26 2013 - 12:33 PM

Very cool and nice pics. I could use a morning with Ron.


Having trouble getting the distance you need with those chunks?


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Posted July 26 2013 - 12:52 PM


No way Hanover, you'll just end up snapping another Legend......stay out of the weight room.....



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Posted July 26 2013 - 12:53 PM


GED, nice write up and congrats, looks like time well spent.



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Posted July 26 2013 - 1:29 PM

no swivel? just a clip on the end of the leader?


Ron (and I) both fish with only a breakaway style clip at the buisness end of the leader. I have been doing this for years with no problems.


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Posted July 26 2013 - 2:51 PM

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#14 FoliFish

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Posted July 26 2013 - 3:03 PM

That VS looks funny in those pics....and it's upside down ;)


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Posted July 26 2013 - 3:08 PM

one picture has him casting with a conventional, but yet the picture with him holding a fish he has a spinning reel,


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