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Thread: Challenging day surf fishing but caught

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    Default Challenging day surf fishing but caught

    Time: 4:00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m.
    Tide: Started fishing 1 hour before High Tide.
    Conditions: Calm, almost no wind, clear water, 1 ft swell, some salad, I think I seen some bait fish jump.

    Gear: Baitcasting low-profile reel with 16# drag, spooled with 12# mono, on a 7' M rod. 4-1/2" suspending jerkbait minnow lure

    Well, I was back in the surf today and it was a little frustrated having some trouble dialing in my baitcasting reel and kept getting backlash (early in the cast) which ate up most of my time. Every cast I was cleaning up the mess. I couldn't understand why because I had it dialed in 2 days ago and hadn't changed a thing and was throwing the same lure/weight. So I did what I thought was best and applied some brakes but still couldn't get it to stop.

    Also I didn't have any shoes so I bought some cheap wally world beach shoes yesterday thinking it would be a good investment. I think they are neoprene but they literally suck - in sand, which is pretty annoying so I think I'm going for some entry waders since I'm mostly going to be in sand.

    I finally dialed in my reel by backing off the spool tension a micro turn and got it just right. Perfect casts after that. The sky started to lighten up. That's when this hit my lure:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/uBVOKyu6z1cTS1TE3

    22-23" barracuda. Didn't put up a huge fight but I was glad to catch something before I had to leave to work.

    Going back out early tomorrow morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by plao View Post
    Time: 4:00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m.
    Tide: Started fishing 1 hour before High Tide.
    Conditions: Calm, almost no wind, clear water, 1 ft swell, some salad, I think I seen some bait fish jump.

    Gear: Baitcasting low-profile reel with 16# drag, spooled with 12# mono, on a 7' M rod. 4-1/2" suspending jerkbait minnow lure

    Well, I was back in the surf today and it was a little frustrated having some trouble dialing in my baitcasting reel and kept getting backlash (early in the cast) which ate up most of my time. Every cast I was cleaning up the mess. I couldn't understand why because I had it dialed in 2 days ago and hadn't changed a thing and was throwing the same lure/weight. So I did what I thought was best and applied some brakes but still couldn't get it to stop.

    Also I didn't have any shoes so I bought some cheap wally world beach shoes yesterday thinking it would be a good investment. I think they are neoprene but they literally suck - in sand, which is pretty annoying so I think I'm going for some entry waders since I'm mostly going to be in sand.

    I finally dialed in my reel by backing off the spool tension a micro turn and got it just right. Perfect casts after that. The sky started to lighten up. That's when this hit my lure:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/uBVOKyu6z1cTS1TE3

    22-23" barracuda. Didn't put up a huge fight but I was glad to catch something before I had to leave to work.

    Going back out early tomorrow morning!
    Nice hit, I know I spend a lengthy time adjusting my baitcaster also. Which beach was this caught off of?

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    Nice report! Good luck in the AM!

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    nice better then skunk and cool to see you get it with a suspending jerkbait and a semi small pole. i keep wanting to take my mini motorcycle to the ocean and try for something even though all i got is bass gear and even smaller poles then you used for that one. i dont really have advice for shoes. i never really beach fished before. i think it would be nice to do it just to get off pressure city castaic here and there. even if skunk so what im used to that from fishing castaic a lot. but it would be some better scenery. post more if you catch tomorrow and gl.

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    Barracuda from the surf,that’s pretty cool!

    Cya Tuna Vic

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