Inshore Fishing Question
Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:34 PM
Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:18 PM
Sure 30lb line is overkill for flounder but if you hook a monster blue, striper or drum incidentally while fishing for flounder at least you have a chance landing him. Down here we are also likely to hook a cobia, tarpon or a big blacktip shark. Being prepared for those incidental hook ups is the difference between heartbreak and success.
Spooling up with a slick braid like Powerpro you ABSOLUTELY MUST tape down the starter knot on the spool and wind over the tape. This stuff is so slick if you don't the whole load of line will just spin on the spool and the drag won't work. Because it's so slick Powerpro won't cut your rod guides like 14lb mono will on a long run. It's actually much easier on your rod guides.
You also have to use a Palomar knot instead of a clinch knot. Clinch Knots will not hold on super braids!
Get a small pair of Fiskars fishing scissors. Standard line clippers will end up looking like a hockey players smile in no time. Super Braids destroy clippers! The small scissors are the best way to go with this stuff.
You'll cast farther easier. Feel more bites and will be able to set the hook with significantly less effort. I've used it a lot the past six years and I am very satisfied with it.
It's absolutely worth making the change and getting used to.
Set your drag like it's 14lb line and go have fun!
Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:07 AM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:46 AM
You don't have to cast while flounder fishing. You bump the bottom straight down. A baitcaster is reel of choice.
Not always true. We find them in 1 to 4 ft of water here frequently. Casting to those is preferred and most productive.
If you find them in deeper water on a big sandbar flat out in the bay then yes bottom bumping is the way to go.
Brings up a good question. What is the captain going to expect Whitetiger to do? Cast or bottom bump?
Posted 09 March 2009 - 07:32 AM
Posted 09 March 2009 - 12:53 PM
Just put your thumb on the spool and keep it there before you ever touch the free spool lever. Apply pressure with your thumb to control the speed of the line going out. In fact don't take your thumb off the spool until the reel is in gear, and you'll do fine. Too slow is absolutely easier to deal with than backlashs. You'll get a feel for how fast you can let it drop after practice.
Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:51 AM
My advice is spool up with what Leo told about, it's great stuff and use your own equipment if it can handle fishing in those conditions. And have a blast!!!!!!
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