Surf Rod and Reel combo for sharks

Most of the equipment used to catch fresh water stripers, largemouth bass and ... Spinning reels are probably the easiest way to get started fishing in the surf.

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Shark fishing gear is essential to landing big sharks on the beach. ... leaders or shark fishing rigsshark hooks, and weights to hold your shark bait in the surf.

Tackle DOES NOT have to be expensive. Many people are under the assumption that salt water tackle has to cost lots of money in order to stand up to the rigors of fishing in a salt water environment.

This is simply not true.

Without preventative maintenance, any equipment no matter what the cost will corrode and become useless. Equipment exposed to the salt water MUST be cleaned after every trip. 

Without preventative maintenance, any equipment no matter what the cost will corrode and become useless. Equipment exposed to the salt water MUST be cleaned after every trip. 

Without preventative maintenance, any equipment no matter what the cost will corrode and become useless. Equipment exposed to the salt water MUST be cleaned after every trip. 

Most of the equipment used to catch fresh water stripers, largemouth bass and hybrids can be adapted to salt water. Hooks, lures, jigs and plastics used in fresh water can also be used in salt water.

The only thing that occasionally changes is the size and weight. Your leaders and weights can be store bought or home made.

Purchasing the items needed to do this can be as simple as going to your local tackle shop to looking for them on the internet.

Let’s talk about rods and reels

Let’s start talking about the bigger surf equipment. These can also be a spinning or conventional rod and reel but are on a bigger scale

Spinning Reels vs. Conventional

Spinning Reels 

Spinning reels are probably the easiest way to get started fishing in the surf.

  • They are easy to use and allow you to concentrate on other things such as reading the water, tides, movement of birds, bait in the water, etc.
  • A spinning reel is easy to cast and rods usually come in lengths in the ten to twelve foot range.
  • The cost of surf reels is relatively inexpensive.
  • They can be purchased separately or in a combo.
  • They run the gamut of Abu Garcia to a Zebco.
  1. Once you’ve made your purchase, learn how they work.
  2. Learn how to properly put line on them.
  3. Learn the varied differences in fishing lines available.  
  4. Examples of this are monofilament versus braided lines and the pound of test you want to use. 
  5. Here too, you can talk to a hundred people and get a hundred answers. 
  6. It boils down to what you feel comfortable with and prefer. 
  7. Learn how the drag system works on your reel and adjust it accordingly.

Conventional Reels

These types of reels occasionally pose a problem to the beginner. Why?

Many beginners simply forget to apply thumb pressure to the spool as the line pays out and especially as the bait or lure hits the water thus resulting in a backlash (“birds nest”) meaning the spool over runs and the line goes everywhere.

 

A rule of thumb in using these reels is to attach your weight or lure to the rod and holding the rod up, let the lure or weight drop at a gradual descent so that as the lure or weight hits the ground, the spool does not over run.

As you gain more experience, you can loosen the spool to allow longer casting. Whatever rod and reel you choose.

No matter what your experience level is. You must practice, practice and practice some more. 


Conventional/Spinning Long Rods

When we talk about long rods, whether they are spinning or conventional, we are talking surf fishing. Examples of this would be a Penn two piece spinning surf rod in the twelve to fourteen foot range to the Break Away fishing rods which some anglers hold as the best casting rods in the world.

Again, it is a matter of preference and what you feel comfortable with. 

Long distance casting


Nothing is more satisfying than slinging bait seventy to one hundred yards across the surf but how do you get to be this good?

Casting successfully involves many things. Length of the rod, flexibility of the rod, line, weight, bait and leaders all contribute to your distance.

One is PRACTICE. Find a soccer field or other suitable surface in your area that will allow you to practice with a practice plug.

Safety while surf fishing

  • Always make sure the area around you is clear of other anglers or spectators before casting.
  • Always let the people around you know when getting ready to cast. Something as simple as saying “GOING OUT”.
  • Don’t attempt to throw a line when someone is fighting a fish.
  • Be courteous.
  • There are codes of conduct when on a pier or jetty such as not putting your rods in such a way that hampers others.

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