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#8283070 - 11/30/12 09:10 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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I guess I was curious on rod combos. I'm looking to get something thats inexpensive because I'm mostly a fly fisherman in freshwater (i.e. I'm broke thanks to that addiction).

So to have a decent combo in the surf, I can use a regular bass sized freshwater combo with 10 lb mono on a spinning reel and rod capable of tossing 0.5oz. - 1.0oz lures and sinkers?
That seems very light for the surf when the current can was a 1oz sinker to Mexico.
Maybe this advise is for bays and lagoons? Or can it also be used in the surf?? Thanks guys!

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#8283097 - 11/30/12 09:19 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: beastyfishing]
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Originally Posted By: beastyfishing
what about 1/8th oz?

How can anyone cast a 1/4oz in the surf?
Again, I'm totally new to Texas and used to casting 3oz plugs in the Cape Cod surf to stripers and blues.... with an 11 foot surf rod (Uggh!)

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#8371581 - 12/23/12 09:19 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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This is great info! Thanks for sharing... Three questions, what size of swivels do you prefer, and second, do you prefer coast locks or a tied knot? Also what knots work best for large gamefish such as red's?- Thanks

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#8404085 - 01/02/13 01:29 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: RedNeckOkie]
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Learn the uni knot and become efficient at tying it. Steer clear of snap swivels of any kind if possible. The only good place for them is to connect your weights to a three way rig. Try to stay as natural as you can with your leader set ups. The more swivels and metal and mess on them the less fish you will catch. Use florocarbon if you can.

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#8404318 - 01/02/13 02:20 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Aggeek]
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Originally Posted By: fishblues
Great post especially about the rod and reels. Anything you use in freshwater will work well for most saltwater applications. All I ever suggest is to up the line test to usually 12 lbs, and rinse, rinse, rinse after use.


How do you use a freshwater outfit to cast a 5-oz sinker in heavy surf to hold in a moving surf?

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#8415215 - 01/04/13 10:32 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Mybrainisflied]
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Originally Posted By: Mybrainisflied
Learn the uni knot and become efficient at tying it. Steer clear of snap swivels of any kind if possible. The only good place for them is to connect your weights to a three way rig. Try to stay as natural as you can with your leader set ups. The more swivels and metal and mess on them the less fish you will catch. Use florocarbon if you can.


Thanks for the advise, fairly new to this (salt water) and trying to set myself up for success. Do you prefer braid or mono for main line? I have heard so many different yay's and nay's on braid it's not funny. Used braid back about 8 yrs ago fishing in SC and promised myself I would not use it again. What is your experience? Have they improved it all that much? Currently use mono.

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#8580531 - 02/12/13 12:59 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Good stuff.

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#8638517 - 02/26/13 02:47 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: RedNeckOkie]
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Do you prefer braid or mono for main line? I have heard so many different yay's and nay's on braid it's not funny. Used braid back about 8 yrs ago fishing in SC and promised myself I would not use it again. What is your experience? Have they improved it all that much? Currently use mono. [/quote]

I hated it. My dad loved it. Pretty much sums it up.
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#8639083 - 02/26/13 04:55 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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I have used both and still do so. Sufix 832 braid is the best for me, no comparison to Power Pro
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#8645756 - 02/28/13 12:04 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Great info.... Going to start using all Plano now.. tackle boxes makes me unorganized and stuff could rust because it not sealed Huge Thanks!
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#8646631 - 02/28/13 09:04 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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How do you fish plastics under a popping cork? Just jerk it every couple of minutes or something?

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#8649990 - 02/28/13 09:55 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Yeah! using a popping cork is great... i use it at night under the lights very good for speckle trout pop it once a while and just let it it sit. noise will attract the fish
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#8650348 - 03/01/13 01:00 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Cool thanks

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#8669839 - 03/05/13 09:21 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Well, purchased the Power Pro Slick braid and will see how it works for me. Respooled two reels on surf rods and my medium action rod as well. Surf reels received 30 lb and medium action , 20 lb. Using fish finder rigs with either 50 or 20 lb big game as leaders and 1/0 circle hooks. Can't wait to hit the beach! Finally made a few 5' PVC rod holders.

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#8675719 - 03/07/13 08:19 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Really good info. I wish I would have noticed this thread before I asked the exact same questions you already answered.
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