Ocean Beach Fishing
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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
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come back and post the pictures of what you catch in our fishing pictures page.
For 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.
For 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.
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.
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.
There 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.
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.
I 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!
Lastly for weights you should use a tobacco sack filled with sand, or a three or four
ounce lead weight.
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