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#11457641 - 03/05/16 12:04 PM Surf Fishing with Light Tackle?
ReeceKennedy Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
Posts: 126
Loc: Dallas
So I might be headed down to either Corpus Christi or Galveston, and i want to bring a couple of rods. I'm bringing my bass stuff, its all i got. Is there anything going on in the surf this time of year in those areas? What can i expect to catch and what should i use?
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#11459579 - 03/06/16 06:27 PM Re: Surf Fishing with Light Tackle? [Re: ReeceKennedy]
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Registered: 08/23/14
Posts: 506
Loc: Stafford Tx
If your going to Galveston, try one of the the beachfront piers. If your going to corpus try bob hall or keepers. Dead shrimp is what you will want to use. Use a double drop leader with a couple 2/0 j hooks .

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#11460135 - 03/06/16 10:23 PM Re: Surf Fishing with Light Tackle? [Re: ReeceKennedy]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1200
Loc: Texas
Bass gear is fine; just be sure to clean it thoroughly after using it in salt water.

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#11460175 - 03/06/16 11:15 PM Re: Surf Fishing with Light Tackle? [Re: ReeceKennedy]
TimL Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 71
Loc: Corpus Christi, TX
Are you wanting to fish from pier or wade the surf?

Whiting and drum have been biting along the beaches around Corpus Christi and Padre Island. However, this time of year can be iffy for the surf due to stong winds and currents. Bass tackle is not ideal under those conditions and the rods are not meant to cast the lead sinkers heavy enough to keep your bait where it needs to be. If you can make it down during calmer weather, you should be okay in the surf. There are other places to fish that can be very productive this time of year for drum, such as Humble Channel and Red Dot Pier along the JFK causeway. Fresh shrimp with a bit of FishBites on a bottom rig is great for whiting and drum, or live shrimp under a popping cork or free lined will catch drum, reds and trout.

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#11461820 - 03/07/16 04:44 PM Re: Surf Fishing with Light Tackle? [Re: ReeceKennedy]
AdanV Offline
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Registered: 04/03/10
Posts: 2680
Loc: Katy, TX
Many people think that you need humongous rods and reels to fish the surf.
Unless you're aiming to haul in a bull shark, it is an absolute myth.

Your bass fishing gear is more than sufficient to land reds up to 15 lbs.
All my inshore gear setup is Medium action.
The most important thing is to rinse out the reels after use with low pressure clean water (Do not use pressure water).

There's also lots of Bass fishing hard & soft plastic lures that can be utilized in the salt.
I have flukes, curly-tail grubs, and Rat-L-Trap crankbait in my saltwater tackle bag.
Caught Reds, Specks, and Flounders on all of them.
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#11462169 - 03/07/16 07:30 PM Re: Surf Fishing with Light Tackle? [Re: ReeceKennedy]
Lindsey Offline
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Registered: 01/29/10
Posts: 318
Loc: Bedford, TX
The only thing I do differently is use reels that are designed for saltwater. They'll hold up much longer. I like to use low profile baitcasters that don't look that much different than bass reels, but they stand up to the wear and tear. I prefer a medium rod in the 7-8 foot range. The Falcon Gulf Caster is an excellent choice. These combos will throw and land every red, speck, or drum you run into until you get into the 15-20 lb range, even then you can land 30 pounders if you are skilled enough.
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