What Makes You
by Capt. Russ Wheeler
Coastal Rod Bender Guide Service
time I was introduced to the life of saltwater fishing, the catching
was horrible. I didn't know what to use, where to go or what to do
once I got there. So I decided, instead of sitting on the sidelines
and watching everyone else catching fish, I would go to the folks
that are out there every day and learn from them.
I quickly found out that good rods, reels and quality line are a few
key elements to successful days on the water. Most folks use a
spinner so a decent Shimano, Quantum (along with others) will fit
the bill. There are a lot of rod choices out there and I like to use
a 7 to 7.6 medium action with a moderate tip on it. For my fishing
line, I use the FINS Wind Tamer, 20 pound test. You have to
experiment to find your right combination.
be afraid to ask questions at the cleaning tables. Most people are
willing to help out with what bait they're using and the general
area they caught their fish without giving up the favorite holes.
Use Google Earth to study the area where you want to fish and then
get out and look for 'em.
For techniques, the best thing I have
learned is simple: Keep your
rod tip up and a tight
line. You will have a little slack and that's OK
but you need some to
feel the hit.
croaker or piggies on the edge of grass-lines or the edge of
potholes will produce the best results for trout. After casting the
bait, I quickly learned you have to pop your rod up and down a few
times in a row to work your bait and to get your bait to grunt once
in a while. Let the bait set in your hole and the trout will
normally find it. No hits equals moving to another spot. I
learned all of this by going out, asking questions and doing a whole
lot of listening.
Pick a spot, relax &
enjoy the day.
You can't catch 'em
sitting on the couch!!!
Until next time...Rod
tips up and tight lines!
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