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  1. I wear my plug bag on my belt with its belt loops and even though I have a quality surf belt, the bag can still weigh the belt down a bit. I know many guys just wear theirs around their shoulder with a strap but I feel like that'd get uncomfortable after a few hours of casting and 10 lbs of lures in the bag. How do you guys wear your surf bags comfortably and effectively?
  2. I am fishing for Surf Perch with a 10 foot salmon rod and a Lew's Speedcast round, level wind bait cast. I will probably use a 15# test. I have read on this forum that braid is tricky on a bait cast reel due to backlash. For a beginner, is mono better to start with?
  3. Hi all, Longtime freshwater fisherman here, kind of new to surf fishing, so any tips would be greatly appreciated. My family will be staying in Broadkill Beach in mid-August and I’d like to try fishing while the kids are playing on the beach. I’ve heard lots of reports of people catching small sharks there lately. Is there anything else near shore that time of year? Flounder, drum, etc? I have a 10 ft rod, I’d be grateful for any tips on rigs and bait. Thanks.
  4. Guys, I have been surf fishing for nearly thirty years. Just the last few years I have been building a collection of high end gear. There is a big difference forsure. I own Van staal reels and like them. I have been in the market for a Zee Baas reel but I am not sure how the sizes compare to a Vanstaal. I own a VS200,VS150 and VS100. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  5. I am on the hunt for a new set of waders. I am using an old pair of LL Bean boot fit waders but after about 10 years they are leaking on the boot seam. I don't think I can prove purchase to use the lifetime warranty of the LL Beans since it has been so long. So I am on the hunt for new ones and am wondering if I should go with stocking foot or with boot fit. I exclusively fish from the surf. But came across these https://www.sierra.com/simms-headwaters-pro-gore-tex-waders-waterproof-stockingfoot-for-men~p~17mdr/?filterString=waders-and-wading-boots~d~243%2F and was wondering if there are surf fishing waders specifically. Of course going with stocking foot would require getting wading boots, which there does seem to be some salt water specific options there and would require additional cost. But the boot foot waders seem to be more clunky and poor fitting than stocking foot. So I was looking for people opinions/suggestions.
  6. I think it's time, a lot of the other forums on this site have one...it's time for the Main Forum to have one Pictures of fishing, fish, fishing trips, lures, tackle, people fishing, etc, etc, etc - let's see them Couple guidelines - please don't post images that are water marked with promotional logos or URLs - please don't post promotional or commercial/advertising type images - and if you are posting pictures of girls fishing, please make sure they are appropriately attired I'll start I've got miles of pictures...I'm sure lots of you guys do - let's see some! TimS
  7. I saw this video and thought it was really cool. I didn't know that there were striped bass running the coast of california. This was pretty crazy to see that there all over the west coast and east coast.
  8. Looking for some help on Delaware permit. I’m a non resident and I will be spending some time at a beach home in Lewes area. I wanted to do some surf fishing from the beach near the house I’m staying. I’m not sure if I still need a permit to fish the surf. Is the permit that’s sold for vehicles to drive up on the beach or do you need a permit regardless? I saw online that non resident permit is $180 but I got conflicting info that states a fishing permit for 7 days is $15. Any info on this matter would be greatly appreciated, thanks In Advance.
  9. I am curious as to what some folks may be using for GoPro LEDs & mounts for night footage? - i.e. waterproof LED lights, camera rigs for the yak, and setups for surf fishing pics (specific brands and/or DIY recommendations).
  10. Hoping someone can help me sort through some thoughts. Although I fished saltwater when younger, I have not surf fished much at all. I'm now looking to get into it primarily fishing the NC coast and Outer Banks. I recently bought a Penn Squall 30LW and paired it with a Penn Battalion II, 10ft, 15-30lb medium heavy. However, I came across several articles saying the SQL30LW is not the best choice for casting/surf fishing. Reasons cited include, weight, LW which hinders casting distance, designed for trolling, etc. I chose this reel because I thought I would need a LW as a conventional reel beginner however I did look at the Squall Star Drag as well (I don't mind taking the time to learn to use conventional reels). My plan is to use this rod and reel set to cast live bait past the breakers and place it into rod holder. Not targeting a specific fish so want something for about anything. I'm also going to purchase a spinning rod and reel to use for lures while my conventional sits in the rod holder. I've looked at the Spinfisher and the Fierce III options. What do you think and do you have any advice? Am I on the right track with the Squall 30LW or should I get a 20LW? Perhaps there is something I'm not considering? Should I ditch the whole conventional setup if my focus is on surf fishing? There is so much information out there its hard to sort through. Thanks.
  11. So I've decided I'm not ready to cast a conventional reel! Although I originally put 50lb braid on the Penn Squall 30, I've recently replaced it with 40lb mono. Reason?: I can't cast the braid without making a bird's nest. So....we'll try mono and practice until about mid-March before taking it to the beach. Meanwhile, I've bought a Penn Battle 5000 and a Penn Battle 4000 and paired them with a Penn 11ft and 9ft rod respectively. I've had pretty good luck catching whiting, blues, and puffers while fishing Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach. I'm using drop leaders and Carolina rigs. What have I've learned: Multiple bait types are necessary to figure out what the darn fish want Fishing after dark (waiting for the tide to come in) is useless without a head light My baseball cart does not work in the sand My 11yr old will not fish if the fish are not biting I'm probably using hooks that are too big for the area that I'm fishing Blood worms work when nothing else works I always purchase too much fresh bait and wind up donating what I don't use to the fishermen beside me or to the fish who refuse to bite my hook Braid is hard to tie! Mono is much easier. Fishing video's are made for those who like to brag...either on their knot tying ability or on the one good day they had all summer. The video editing software contributes to the fake video (news). Even if I don't catch anything, I enjoy being on the beach! Penn Fishing doesn't comment on my posts! I'm a newbie trying to get started in surf fishing! I have all Penn rods and reels....but it's not too late to switch up! And I will, screw the "sunk" cost! I can't keep fresh shrimp on the darn hook! It comes off when I cast and is never on the hook when I reel it in! Mullet, spot, fish bites, and bloodworms are all there... not fresh shrimp! It is very satisfying to tie your own leader and catch a fish with it! My wife wants me to start bringing fresh fish home to cook...it's healthy, she says! But I've got to learn how to catch them first!!!:):)
  12. Hello I want to get a CTS AIR 8 foot blank rated 3/8-1ounce ,that is rated med-fast -- fast. I want to use it for fishing back bays and light tackle surf fishing ( primarily bucktails, diamond jigs, cast masters and crocodiles). Do any of you guys have one ? And if you do how do you like it so far ?
  13. morning all... I'm super lucky in that I'm able to stay a week (next week) in Ditch Plains and can walk to the beach to fish. Any pointers from those in the know for that part of the shore itself? I appreciate I can also drive elsewhere...But for this post, can we stick with that immediate area. Thanks
  14. Heading down to Pocasset for a weekend of shore fishing, and was hoping to check out a beach either Friday or Saturday night. A buddy recommended South Cape Beach/ Mashpee Town Beach, so I'm hoping to check it out with the waders and surf rod. Not looking for a spot burn, just wondering what the parking situation is, don't want any surprises when I get down there. Thanks!
  15. Hello All, I am trying to decide which Shimano Baitrunner would be best for chunking bait for stripers on Long Island. I already have the 6500A and 6500 Triton Sea-Spin. Rod is 10ft Penn Prevail 1-5oz. If I choose a different model I would sell the 6500A and Triton to offset the cost. I have a Penn Battle II 5500 I use for plugging so this question is specific to a bait setup. 6500Triton Sea-Spin (already owned, made in Japan, graphite/plastic spool) 6500A (already owned, made in Malaysia, aluminum spool) 6000OC (rumors the newer stuff isn't as durable) 6500B (less durable than Triton/A?) Don't use a Baitrunner for bait-fishing surf on Long Island (why not?) Also, does made in Japan matter enough to put the Triton ahead of other models? Thanks all!
  16. Plan on fishing as long as possible into the cold weather. What are some good boots to get for surf fishing that can go over stocking foot waders? Boots you can go into the water with in cold weather? Also curious to know other types of attire worn for the cold that helps get you through the season??
  17. We are thinking about making our first trip to obx around labor day. any suggestions locations and fish that may be caught that time of the year ? We're first timers for surf fishing obx and have 4x4 and probably prefer to stay away from the crowds.
  18. I'm new to surf fishing in general and have never visited RI. Can you recommend a spot to start at that allows night fishing also? Thanks
  19. After years of surf fishing using worm and other cut bait I caught my first fish with a plastic lure. Berkley S minnow. It was on a high low rig with the weight on the end. I wanted to be able to cast out a little further and wanted to know which is best using a jig or a drop Loop rig with weight on the end. if I use a jig head how heavy can I go and which minnow would match up with it? Is a 2 or 3 oz jig head too heavy for this type of application? I'm mainly fish for blues, Striped Bass and Porgy from Rocky and sand beaches mostly on Long Island.
  20. Hey guys recently got an 8'6" inshore rod with extra fast action rod rated for 3g-12g lures. Living in MA, I have plans to fish smaller species- namely, schoolies, flounder, and blues. Have been looking to increase my inventory of light surf fishing lures. So far, I have some Spro Bucktails rated from 7g-14g and a Smithwick Suspending Rattlin Rogue 3/8oz Jerkbait. Having casted the Smithwick jerkbait, I noticed that it's quite poor at casting- the lure seems to tumble quite a bit... I was wondering if you guys could recommend me some sub 1/2oz minnow baits/poppers that are more capable of going the distance. Ideally, the plugs are less than 10 dollars each. It seems that the heavier lures have the internal weight transfer system, while the lighter ones don't. Some lures I've been looking at are the X-Rap series as well as the Yozuri Crystal Minnow series, but I'm curious to as whether you guys have found any cheaper alternatives [ideally anything under 10 dollars] I've seen tons of cool looking lures on AliExpress, but don't have any experience with them, so if anyone has any lures that they swear by from Ali, I'd be open to hearing about it!
  21. In addition to being Long Island's worst fisherman, I have a terrible habit of always changing my mind. So instead of buying a 7' inshore rod which I now believe is too small to handle the lures I use bay fishing (thread here), my new plan is to buy a new 9 foot surf rod rated for 1/2 to 3oz, or something similar. I also want a new reel, and I'll keep my current 9' surf rod for friends and family. Looking for something more sensitive than my current 9' Tica TC2 (1/2 to 3oz) moderate power with mod/fast action- it's mounted with an older Shimano reel which has seen better days. I think a 9 foot rod is a great length for the kind of fishing I am doing - targeting stripers, blues from the surf/ocean beach and also in calmer bay waters. I like to use lures like poppers, minnows and trying to improve with bucktails. I rarely use bait but I'll probably do more of that later this summer from the beach. Suppose you had up to $350 to spend on a surf rod, 9' with faster action. I don't need the best gear available but won't mind spending a few extra $$$ to get a really nice setup I can keep for a long time. I'd love to hear some opinions on these rods, and would love any recommendations: * ODM NXG-93 Genesis * Tsunami Airwaves * St. Croix Mojo * Penn Battalion Paired with a Shimano Saragosa 6000 size (does this make sense?) Thoughts?
  22. I’m going to Cabo for Christmas. I am bringing my 10’ St Croix travel rod and bailless Tsunami Shield 5000. Gear wise am I ok? Anyone have any experience surf fishing Cabo in December? What is biting and what should I be throwing?
  23. Location in ocean city md area. $300 Price is firm.
  24. Ant one try Virginia beach out front this time of year.?not really in to walking my gear over.but thinking this may be worth a trip.
  25. Gentlemen, I am planning to move closer to the ocean from Central PA. I am a striper fisherman for many years and need to live closer to the ocean. I fished many years on Martha’s Vineyard, but realize that is too expensive to live there. I would like to find a community where I have reasonable access to good striper surf fishing, but has enough amenities for a retired couple with no kids. I am open to anywhere in the northeast, but would like to hear your suggestions as I am unfamiliar with living near the coast. Nasty winter weather is not a factor as we travel to FL for the winter months. Thank you in advance for your input (hopefully).