salmonneed help

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  1. sinker shape can play a large factor. Pyramid sinkers and cannonball sinkers are going to be the worst choices for snaggy areas. Torpedo sinkers are a much better option. When I fish rocky areas I like a drop shot type dropper loop rig and I use an EWG largemouth bass hook so that I can rig a plastic lure weedless. Doing all this I still get snagged, but much less than previous experiences of using exposed hook points and other sinker shapes.
  2. Oh yea! that echo gear was some of the most reasonably priced gear that one could still argue as being thoughtfully designed and intended for serious fishing. Picked up the 9ft 5wt because that was the internet consensus as the right rod for most trout fishing. Pretty happy with it, I think i'd be interested in a switch rod if I decide to continue to invest and expand my fly fishing game.
  3. First fish on the fly
  4. Heard about a santa cruz guy once, I don't know him personally, but he got into trouble with mercury poisoning from eating our local fish. I don't know the species of fish he ate the most of. I understand the frequency he was eating was 3-5 times a week. Did it for a long time as I understand. When his doctor caught up to him he needed special drugs/procedures to bring his mercury levels down. From what I know he's still alive and doesn't eat fish anymore. My source for that is an old coworker of his.
  5. I carry 1 rod for any given beach trip. If targeting perch I bring that gear. If targeting bass I bring that gear. I am always take the more mobile approach.
  6. I bring 1 rod on a perch trip thats a 8'6 med hvy salmon steelhead rod. I only bring the tackle for carolina rig grubs, 1 LC110, and a 1/2 kastmaster and that pretty much gets it done for me.
  7. I use stockingfoot waders and wading boots. I don't have to much issue with sand getting in the boot. I think it has more to do with how you stand and how you move that allows sand to get into the boot. I never stand in one place longer than the time it takes to reel in a cast. I never leave my feet set to the point the boots start to sink into the beach. I am typically moving forward as I prepare to cast, and moving backward as the plug flies and holding the higher ground as the plug swims. I don't wade out to bars or really even past my knees on the open beach. I also tie up my boot laces tight and keep the waders gravel guard down over the top of the boot at all times. Even doing all this sand still gets in.. but never enough to become uncomfortable or really even notice the sand between my foot and the boot.
  8. Most of your surf fishing gear should work for the piers. You may want to bring a sabiki rig rod and bucket to give you the option for live bait fishing but fishing with dead bait and lures are also productive. Halibut and stripers are most common but also occasional WSB are caught from the SC county piers. I haven't been down there fishing in a few weeks I imagine guys are still going at it so walking the piers and watching what guys are doing and what gear their using should also give you an idea.
  9. I am running a FJ 6K series stradic, that was a 200-250 dollar reel when it was new. They are out of production at this point.. just replaced line roller bearing and handle knob bearing and full service. Ready to go for 2019 surf season. Daiwa BG is another good cheap surf reel if I was buying new and on a budget.
  10. what you want is a punch skirt
  11. Nice work!
  12. Mooch better, Que sera sera, Khanh
  13. Great fling again this year, BIG Thanks to Guy for the prep work and organization. Great location, fish were caught, great people, can't ask for much more
  14. I'll be there with raffle goodies. looking forward to seeing the crew.