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#10270156 - 09/09/14 09:05 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Registered: 05/24/11
Posts: 1432
Loc: Baytown, TX
When encountering Mackerel especially, keep the flash to around the hook, that means line that is more dull in color, swivels and leaders that are black or brown in color. Surflon, or Malin as an example, make or are a stranded leader material, I have found that they are quite flexible, some are coated, some not and come in non flashing / dull colors. I have run into times that they even go bonkers over high viz line.

I don't know the brand because I have thrown away the spool, but it is a tieable wire leader, I tie loop knots on the lure side and don't loose the lure's action. Heck even using a clip doesn't have much of an effect since most of those fish are targeting a reaction bite on the flash.

I usually use between 40 and 60lb test, it is very thin and can't remember it effecting the sink rate of the lures I used, although I usually used live bait freelined, or spoons which get a foot or two below the surface.
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#10270464 - 09/09/14 11:28 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Registered: 09/09/04
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Loc: Austin
Pretty much any line works well. I use Powerpro 20lb in high viz yellow. I also use about 2-8' of mono as a shock leader. We usually base ourselves on the Tee Head and then wander around looking for fish. So if you see a bunch of guys there chances are it'll be us. LOL!


Edited by cudakilla (09/09/14 11:28 AM)
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#10270652 - 09/09/14 12:59 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
Woodyred Offline
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Registered: 08/21/14
Posts: 36
Loc: Arlington Texas
We spend a lot of time at that pier so I will keep a look out for y'all. I very much appreciate all the info. We will see you soon. Can't wait to smell the salt air. Good luck until then.
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#10276069 - 09/11/14 01:32 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Registered: 08/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Texas
Cuda,
About the Tiable wire. How do you tie it to the main line?im using 30lb braid and the wire keeps cutting into it. Don't know if a barrel swivel would effect the action of the topwater. I know to tie a rapala loop knot to attach the lure,but not the main. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
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#10276078 - 09/11/14 01:34 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Registered: 08/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Texas
My brand of braid is power pro spectra
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#10276239 - 09/11/14 02:24 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
cudakilla Offline
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Registered: 09/09/04
Posts: 457
Loc: Austin
Using a haywire twist to the split ring of the lure. The other end I haywire a small loop. I tie my mono to this wire loop with a uni knot of clinch knot. I never had a failure yet. If you look at this pic, you see that little loop I am referring to.



If you are using single strand wire you need to learn the haywire twist. This is a good article: http://www.georgepoveromo.com/content.php?pid=52




Edited by cudakilla (09/11/14 02:27 PM)
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#10276290 - 09/11/14 02:45 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
Woodyred Offline
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Registered: 08/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Texas
Thanks cuda, I could not get the link to load,but now that I know the name I can google it or look it up on YouTube. I will check it out. Thanks again. Just wondering has it been raining a lot there. Planning on camping by the jetty down from Horace for the first 3 nights,and the rest at sharks reef
Appreciate the tips
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#10276489 - 09/11/14 03:50 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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I think it'll be raining next week but clearing up by the time you get there on the 18th. You might luck out!
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#10276737 - 09/11/14 05:59 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
Woodyred Offline
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Registered: 08/21/14
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Loc: Arlington Texas
Sounds good. I hope you cathem all. Good luck to you. We'll maybe leave us a few.
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#10303899 - 09/23/14 03:30 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
Fin Reaper Offline
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Registered: 04/01/14
Posts: 111
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Awesome pics thanks for sharing and the info

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#10361416 - 10/20/14 02:42 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
Tony K Offline
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Registered: 03/12/14
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Loc: Mesquite
I am relatively new to the world of surf fishing and go to Galveston 3 or 4 times a year. I catch plenty of small sand trout, croaker, gaftop, occasional red, speck and small shark etc, fishing the first and second gut. I am using lighter gear bottom fishing with cut mullet typically and have to go to small hooks or treble hooks to keep from getting my line cleaned by the smaller fish.

What do the big boys do to keep the smaller fish off the bait?

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#10877437 - 05/28/15 12:01 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Tony K]
TimL Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 71
Loc: Corpus Christi, TX
Originally Posted By: Tony K
I am relatively new to the world of surf fishing and go to Galveston 3 or 4 times a year. I catch plenty of small sand trout, croaker, gaftop, occasional red, speck and small shark etc, fishing the first and second gut. I am using lighter gear bottom fishing with cut mullet typically and have to go to small hooks or treble hooks to keep from getting my line cleaned by the smaller fish.

What do the big boys do to keep the smaller fish off the bait?


I have gone to lures in the surf about 60 percent of the time. That ended the problem of bait stealers. If the water is clear or near clear, and the breakers are less than 2 to 3 feet, I toss silver spoons, soft plastics, Mirrolures, and dog walker topwaters like Zara Spooks, or Skitterwalks. I now catch keeper size trout, spanish mackerel and reds in the surf more frequently than I ever did using cut bait or dead shrimp. Also, Jack Crevalle will hit them too, and they will give you a fight of a lifetime on light tackle. I caught a 15 pounder just the other day on a Johnson Sprite silver spoon and he durn near wore me out. You will also catch larger ladyfish (skipjack), aka poor man's tarpon. They are not edible, but a blast to catch.

I will also catch small fish in a cast net or on a light spinning rod and reel with a small hook, #8 or #10, baited with a tiny pieces of Berkley Fish Bites and weighted with a large split shot to use for live bait. You will catch small whiting, croakers, and pinfish with ease right there in shallow water in the surf. I set a couple rods out at waters edge inserted in pvc pipe rod holders using live bait bottom rigs with at least a 2/0 or larger kahle or circle hook. Fish the second or third gut preferably on a moving tide. This will produce nice keeper fish without catching a bunch of trash fish or getting your bait stolen so frequently. Hope this helps. Good luck.


Edited by TimL (05/28/15 12:17 AM)

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#11660330 - 06/11/16 12:44 AM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Redman71]
bluesea112 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 244
Loc: West, TX
Originally Posted By: Redman71
Let's talk a little about some of the dangers of saltwater fishing. Mainly Stingrays and Vibrio Vulnificus (flesh eating) bacteria.



I keep a travel size bottle of rubbing alcohol and a tube of super glue in my tackle box. There are a lot of sharp objects in fresh and salt water, and I tend to find them all. Super glue closes and seals a deep cut quickly and works better than stitches. Get it clean, get it closed, and get back to fishing.

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#11721609 - 07/13/16 09:01 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
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Registered: 07/01/05
Posts: 8949
Loc: ardmore
Looking through the threads, Having trouble with a lot of this pictures,
We are getting ready to head out the first of Aug to Fort Walton Beach, It looks like I will be able to walk to the Pier. And working to get my tackle together.
Thanks for the info on here

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#11743242 - 07/26/16 02:12 PM Re: For all of you new to the salt (Pic heavy) [Re: Snook20]
FishDaddyFrisco Offline
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Registered: 09/23/13
Posts: 97
Loc: Frisco
Great info here guys. Thx for everyone's input. I'll be in Port Aransas next week (Sunday through Friday) and want to do some wade fishing for trout. Here's where I'm staying. Any pointers on places my 12 year old son and I could wade out would be GREATLY appreciated. The red dot is where we're staying. 20-25 mph winds next week, but I'm assuming thats pretty standard.

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