Thanks. I'm loading up with clousers and deceivers, various colors, 1/0 in size, along with baitfish, and candy eels. I'll put the rest of my gear together over the next two weeks. I'll pick up some 20# mono and start from there. Still deciding on whether to make or buy my basket. I'm an engineer... how hard can it be? Oh... and what do you think of Fish Grips?
I have to walk my dogs in the morning when I'm at the beach, so I will get a look at the conditions prior to heading out. As for structure, I used to surf where Im going to fish (North WildWood, NJ). There is a drain pipe and pilings that may come into play at high tide. I could also walk up to the jetty and the North end of the beach. There is a fishing beach beyond that. Otherwise I'll look for rips, sand bars and breakers... and watch my ass when I wade out. Maybe I'll get to the back bays later in the season. I probably won't be fishing at night.
And as for "fishing" and not "catching"... I'm used to that. Not all days are banner days. It's part of the game.
Joe, sounds like you're way ahead of the curve then. I know I've posted before on several sites trying to give newbies who go from the trout stream to the coast as much info as I can, and they still struggle. It's a different world in the surf, and as Rip said, "saltwater" is not necessarily the same as "surf", so even if they have some salt experience, they may have problems with surf fishing.
Let us know how you do! Some fish porn would be nice to see!
Recently I was diagnosed with a compressed disk in my lower neck, so my days of indoor lacrosse and surfing are over (doc's recommendation... I'm 47). I need something to do down the shore besides playing guitar and walking the dogs.
I have been Freshwater FF since the begining of the 2011 season for trout, panfish, and bass mostly. All catch and release. I enjoy it. So I figured why not Surf FF? Hence me being here gathering info.
"SW fishing" is by boat or pier using bait or lures.
"Surf Casting" is bait casting from the beach.
"SW FF" is SW FF from a boat.
"Surf FF" is SW FF from the beach or surf.
Joe, a net in the surf is usually impractical, as it will get tangled every time you move, unless it's rather small, which really would defeat the purpose of having a net. If you have a second person who can handle a large net when needed, then it could be useful, but primarily it's more trouble than it's worth in the surf.
I was going to ask... does anyone net their catch?
Hopefully any fish you catch would be way too big for any net small enough to carry
When you need to land a fish in the surf, you let the surf help you and that's one reason for the stout tippet.
First of all, you need to get the fish on the reel, and let the drag do it's job. Also move your stripping basket behind you, you're going to need to bend over and it's now in the way
As the wave breaks on shore, you clamp down on your line with your line hand and physically back up, pulling the fish with you. When the water recedes, you attempt to hold the fish where it is... it's not easy. When the next wave breaks, you clamp down and back up some more, doing this until you can safely bend down and grab the fish.
Usually you would "lip" a striper like you would a largemouth, but with the blues.... you don't want to do that. Many people just grab them by the "shoulders" but in my mind a grip tool makes it safer
I like the Fish Grip because it's light weight, it floats and... it's cheap.
They're like plastic Vice Grips