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How to Bank Fish
from the Ocean
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If you are looking to catch a rock cod, ling cod, kelp bass, or other type of rock fish, a great place to do that would be from the beach along the coast near you. You will want to check the fishing regulations from your local fish and game to find out if there are any types of limitations on what species and what sizes you can catch at the spot your are going to fish.You will need to find a good spot. You can catch fish from the shallow "good for swimming" beaches, but this is not where I like to go. There are too many people at those spots, and it's hard to fish with too many people to look out for. I like to look for a good small beach, that has a lot of rock and kelp to be able to cast into or near in order to find the fish.For your bait you will want to use squid. Shrimp works pretty good too, but it is a little expensive, and it is hard to keep it on your hook. Slice the squid into thin strips, length wise. You do this so that you can string it up the hook, kind of like you would a rubber worm for largemouth bass.Now for the fun part, the gear that you will need. You will need a nice long medium to heavy action rod, with a reel that will hold a lot of 20 pound test line. You will need a spool of 20 pound test line that once you spool your reel full of line you can use the remaining line to create leader line as needed to tie and re-tie your rig as you break off while fishing. For the rig you will need to cut off an 18 inch leader and a 32 inch leader. Then Tie a 1/0 barrel swivel to the end of your line. Tie both leaders to the other end of the barrel swivel. On the shorter leader you will tie on a 2/0 hook. On the other leader you will tie on your tobacco sack filled with sand or a 4 ounce weight. Cut off the excess line at all of you tie knots. Now you are ready to bait up and throw out.When you are all baited up you should look for a good place to cast your bait. Even though it is rougher and tougher to fish in the big seaweed beds that are out there, that is where the fish are. When you get tired of the break offs and snags that you may feel tempted to cast into open waters and just leave your line there. It's hard to catch fish that way. You need to cast into the seaweed, or next to and around large rocks. This is where the fish are located, and as long as you stick to that, you should do well and bring in a lot of fish.All of our recommended supplies are shown below with links to where you can find them at our recommended discount online retailers. Good Luck, and be sure to come back and post the pictures of what you catch in our fishing pictures page.Fishing RodFor your fishing rod it will all depend on your preference. The longer the rod the farther it will cast. I prefer a stronger rod, that will last me a long time of fishing the tough rocks and the few falls that you will take while trying to find the best spot to cast from on the beach. I prefer the Ugly Stik rods by Shakespeare, because they have good action, and they are extremely tough and durable. My rod has lasted me fifteen years so far.Fishing ReelFor your reel there are two types. If you can master the open faced baitcaster reels, they tend to cast farther, and are a much better reel. With a lot of practice, and a lot of patience these reels are second to none. For the rest of us, a regular spinning reel will do the job perfectly.Baitcasting Reel For the open faced baitcaster type reels I prefer the Penn High Performance reels. They hold about 420 to 600 yards of 20 pound test line depending on the model. It's a great reel, from a proven name in baitcasting reels.Spinning Reel I prefer to use a spinning reel on my surf rod. The main things to look for is that it can hold a lot of line, and that it is a good quality real from a well known and dependable manufacturer like Penn. I prefer the Penn Spinfisher series. These reels can hold 250 yards of 20 or 25 pound test line, depending on the model. Fishing LineThere are many different types of line out there on the market. Never skimp out on the price of a good line. Cheap line can mean the difference between landing and not landing the big fish of your dreams. It is definately worth the extra money to ensure that you can actually reel in the fish that may bite your line. I prefer Berkley Trilene Big Game fishing line. It's got the strength and durability to do the job, and it is priced right as well. I would go with 20 or 25 pound test line. Anything bigger than that, and it is too hard to break your line. The smaller the pound test, the farther that you can cast. I usually use 20 pound test and that really casts good and can be broken if you need to, with a little effort.Fishing Hooks For your fishing hook I would go with a good brand name like Mustad. I would go with a 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, or 4/0 for the size.SwivelsI always use size 1/0 or 2/0 barrel swivels to tie up my ocean rig. As for any type of fishing, good quality strong hardware is a must! WeightsLastly for weights you should use a tobacco sack filled with sand, or a three or four ounce lead weight.