texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
RedPondRanch, IHeartGroceries, MidWeekFisherman, Gator Bait, NMGuy
110450 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 90,849
hopalong 80,200
Pilothawk 78,239
John175ģ 71,517
JDavis7873ģ 67,395
Derek 🐝 62,325
Tritonman 58,547
Bigbob_FTW 56,087
Mark Perry 55,768
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums60
Topics750,371
Posts15,417,703
Members110,450
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Surf Fishing Newbie #13142975
05/03/19 05:00 PM
05/03/19 05:00 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 457
Johnson County, Texas
T
TheBombBait88 Offline OP
Angler
TheBombBait88  Offline OP
Angler
T

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 457
Johnson County, Texas
We are going down to Matagorda the first week of June and I want to do some surf fishing; I've never fished the surf before.

I'm looking for advise on what kind of rig I need to use. I've read some stuff about a double-drop rig with a pyramid weight being good for the surf.

What kind of rig do I need to use? Where can I buy the rigs?

Thanks in advance!

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13144049
05/04/19 04:37 PM
05/04/19 04:37 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 17
P
pkhunter624 Offline
Green Horn
pkhunter624  Offline
Green Horn
P

Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 17
Check out Double Drop Leader on Ebay. I would use a spider weight. If the current is bad a pyramid will not hold it in place.

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: pkhunter624] #13146513
05/07/19 11:45 AM
05/07/19 11:45 AM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 457
Johnson County, Texas
T
TheBombBait88 Offline OP
Angler
TheBombBait88  Offline OP
Angler
T

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 457
Johnson County, Texas
I'll check it out, thank you!

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13154759
05/15/19 04:02 AM
05/15/19 04:02 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
T
TheFluke215 Online content
Pro Angler
TheFluke215  Online Content
Pro Angler
T

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
What kind of rod/reel/line are you planning to use? What species are you wanting to catch. Give a little more information and I can get you headed in the right direction.

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13154909
05/15/19 12:48 PM
05/15/19 12:48 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 5,745
San Antonio
P
parttime Offline
TFF Celebrity
parttime  Offline
TFF Celebrity
P

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 5,745
San Antonio
You can get pompano rigs, and fish the first gut for whiting. They make good bait, and they are tasty. Then on a big rod you can use the double drop with the cut whiting. Like above I would get some spider weights. Last time down, the current was so strong we could not get a 5.5oz spider weight to hold beyond the second gut.
Good luck and enjoy, it is a lot of fun. I have a couple recent videos from surf fishing you can check out, just follow the link in my sig below.

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13155622
05/16/19 12:56 AM
05/16/19 12:56 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
T
TheFluke215 Online content
Pro Angler
TheFluke215  Online Content
Pro Angler
T

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
Personally Iíd use a fish finder rig and not the double drop. Thereís also a rig called a mousetrap rig that I use. Like stated already, only use spider weights. Pyramid will roll too much. Use the lightest weight you can get away with. I try to use 4 ounce if I can, but will move up to 8 oz if I have to. If you use braid make sure you have a mono shock leader. Youíll get your heart broke using straight braid. Reason being is it will rub on the sandbars and eventually break. Either on its own or when a fish hits. After casting out, be sure to back off drag and set your clicker. If no clicker, put a chip clip on your line right past the last eye so youíll be able to tell if a fish hits and pulls drag. Be sure to use circle hooks. If theyíre not offset, get pliers and offset them. They make hooking up so much easier. The fish basically hooks themselves. Try to catch mullet in cast net and use it or whiting, croaker, sand trout or cut stingray. Walk out to chest deep water, cast out and walk back in. Set the rod up in a holder, grab a cold beer and enjoy.

PS: if current is strong and moving say east to west, cast against the current (east). If grass is heavy, try to get your rods higher. What I do is get my pvc rod holders and put them in a 5 gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with sand, place the sand filled bucket with holder in the back of my truck then use a strap to secure the bucket to one of the eyelets in the bed so it donít fall over when a fish bites. It may not totally eliminate grass from getting on your lines but itíll definitely help. Good luck, let me know if you have any other questions.


These two reds were caught Tuesday in High Island on fresh cut mullet.

Attached Files EAD7B786-33DE-4B77-B8D0-50CF45C3E3DD.jpeg6FD1627C-F957-4E21-B3BD-82AEF9D2A7CD.jpeg
Last edited by TheFluke215; 05/17/19 02:11 AM.
Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13156052
05/16/19 02:06 PM
05/16/19 02:06 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 2,704
Hitchcock,Tx.
V-Bottom Offline
Extreme Angler
V-Bottom  Offline
Extreme Angler

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 2,704
Hitchcock,Tx.
Try Carolina rigged with a Spider weight with appropriate rod/ reel setup, line and leader . Plus what he said ^^^^^^
>* ) ////// > (

Last edited by V-Bottom; 05/16/19 02:07 PM.

Texas Anglers Recognition Program
TPWD Official Weigh Station,77563
Coastal Bend Weigh Team, Cert. Weigh Master
USMC66'- www.troutsupport.com




Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13156159
05/16/19 03:15 PM
05/16/19 03:15 PM
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 6,052
DFW
Robbie Milam Offline
TFF Celebrity
Robbie Milam  Offline
TFF Celebrity

Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 6,052
DFW
If it's your first time surf fishing, you'll need to make sure you have a reel with a larger line capacity. That was the biggest learning curve for me. Also when people are telling you to fish the first gut, it's literally right there and you'll be surprised what you'll catch in it. I was there last weekend and the water was so dirty that i ended up wade fishing in the bay instead.


LIKE the TFF on Facebook - www.facebook.com/texasfishingforum
Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13156792
05/16/19 11:28 PM
05/16/19 11:28 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
T
TheFluke215 Online content
Pro Angler
TheFluke215  Online Content
Pro Angler
T

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
I went back to High Island today. The water was muddy, the grass was a pain in the arse and the current was hellacious. The gafttop wouldnít let the bait sit long before they jumped on it. I got tired of messing with them so I ended up putting a 10Ē mullet minus the tail on the hook and threw it out. You wouldnít believe what I hooked next. Yeah, another gafttop. Packed up and left after that. Ohh yeah, prior to leaving I caught a damn sea turtle in the cast net. That was a first.

Last edited by TheFluke215; 05/16/19 11:30 PM.
Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13156979
05/17/19 03:09 AM
05/17/19 03:09 AM
Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 486
Richardson, TX
O
Ocelot Offline
Angler
Ocelot  Offline
Angler
O

Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 486
Richardson, TX
Do not know why everyone gets so upset about gafftops.
With lighter equipment they can put up quite a fight. If I were able to consistently catch the gafftop I do in the surf at the lake I would be thrilled to death.
Gafftop are pretty easy to clean and taste very good.
We all want the big shark, trout or red fish, but gafftop can be pretty fun and provide a nice meal.

Catching the sea turtle is a bummer. Hopefully you were able to get it out of the water quickly and back into the water safely.

Keep at it, you will catch those larger fish. Till then, be thankful for what you get.

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: Ocelot] #13157012
05/17/19 03:55 AM
05/17/19 03:55 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
T
TheFluke215 Online content
Pro Angler
TheFluke215  Online Content
Pro Angler
T

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 618
Texas
Thanks for the confidence booster, however Iíve been surf fishing for 20+ years. Go back and look at some of my old post/reports. Iíve caught many very large fish. Iíve ate gafttop before; itís not bad. Itís not what Iím after though. I donít fish for a meal. I fish for the fight. I rarely keep any fish. The sea turtle was released and swam away just fine.

Re: Surf Fishing Newbie [Re: TheBombBait88] #13159918
05/20/19 01:00 AM
05/20/19 01:00 AM
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 71
O
Osbornfishing Offline
Outdoorsman
Osbornfishing  Offline
Outdoorsman
O

Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 71
If it is your first time you can throw some big drop rigs but also throw some small stuff. A one ounce egg sinker with a split shot and a shrimp will catch lots of fun stuff. Also try a 3/4 gold spoon. If the ladyfish are running it is really fun.

Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1