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Miah

First keeper of the season

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about 32-36 inches, slipped off the barbless hook as I tried to wrestle him out of the water. I tryed to hold his tail but that didn't slow him down much. I dont know how I would have managed to get him back up the side of the jetty anyway. I think I need to invest in a gaff

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miah;instead of the gaff[as your 1st. choice]look for a spot to land your fish b4 fishing.that way if it's boarderline you won't make a big mistake.if your not alone on the jetty work out a plan with someone close to you to help each other when the situation arises.cwm40.gif

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or use a short (20 " heavy mono leader 40 lb test) and carry a short piece of soft but heavy rope tucked in your waders or belt.

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jetties are tough, especially when the tide is lower and the fish larger. I would recommend one of the fish grips. I have the rapala grip and use it if I'm planning to keep a fish. I use it to get to better footing, then I'll rope off the fish, bring it back to the beach, or bring it to the cooler.

 

congrats on the nice fish.

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Yeah it was a great weekend, I hope to get some more this week. I caught a few more bass on the ocean side on monday, my girlfriend caught a 26 inch bass on sunday, also from the surf. There are alot of fish around. As for fighting until he can't move anymore, I think he would havee won that battle. my next few casts were pretty shakey, if I had hooked up with another good fish I dont know if I could have held on to the rod. my arms were shot for half an hour or so. Although part of that could have been the excitement.

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