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polywog999

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As a man who has fished for over 40 years, from the Canada to Key West, I figured I must be some kind of expert... or so I thought!

Little did I know, that I was so set in my ways, I forgot to be a student of the sport. Case in point; I have tied the same, lame, improved clinch knot, since I was 12! They are only supposed to be used for light lines!

To make this as short and sweet as posible, I am only going to cover shore fishing and mostly pertaining to salt water.

OK...

1) First, click these links. They are like gold!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9024387278295832312&q=casting&pl=true#docid=-6334873542488528359

http://www.squidoo.com/surf_fishing_tips

2) Learn to tie at least 8 good knots. You will save a lot of fishing time if you do. Practice some of them in the dark! I invented my own knot. Will try to post it when I have more time.

This is a very good site on how to tie them....

http://www.animatedknots.com/indexfishing.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

This is the strongest knot in the world. Knot Wars 2009 champion!

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3) Always use a shock leader. Read this to see why.

http://amelia-island-fishing.com/fishing/tips/shockleader.cfm

4) Bring lots of diferent kinds of bait: They might not be in the mood for what you 'like.'

5) Change your bait at least every 40 minutes. 20 minutes for cut bait. A lot of fish hunt by scent.

6) You can even chum from shore. A burlap bag with dogfood and a rock, a couple cans of corn, a loaf of bread any old bait laying aroung, etc.

7) Learn the pendulum cast. You can cast up to 700' with it! Does NOT take more than a few hours to master.

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http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/GeorgHolmanPendulum1.html

8) Cast your plugs with a short rod. Tall rods make your arm tired.

9) Crush the barbs on all of your hooks! This is a lot less lethal to fish you have to return to the water and It saves a lot of waisted "de-hooking" time.

10) The fish-finder rig does a lot more than adjust the depth of your bait, It actually helps you cast further.

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11) Always use circle hooks! If you cach and realease, you are killing lots of fish with Snell (J) hooks.

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Good luck, and remember, lets keep this thread about tips for everyone!

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Damn, I need to learn that cast, I always go nipple deep and I'm 6'5" before casting.to get some extra distance in my cast. I enjoy going nipple deep because it kind of reminds me of a scene from River Runs Through It except in the ocean with crashing waves.

I have some advice, if the water is to rough and your line keeps getting pushed back to shore, go to your nearest pier. :)

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Damn, I need to learn that cast, I always go nipple deep and I'm 6'5" before casting.to get some extra distance in my cast. I enjoy going nipple deep because it kind of reminds me of a scene from River Runs Through It except in the ocean with crashing waves.

I have some advice, if the water is to rough and your line keeps getting pushed back to shore, go to your nearest pier. :)

It isn't that hard to do. It takes a little practice, and their are a million ways to do it.

Don't forget to use a finder rig and a shock leader. You will lose a lot of rigs if you don't!

Also, about the bait washing back up, try one of these...

http://breakawayusa.com/shop/weights.htm

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I had been considering starting a thread about fishing. I was thinking about more of a fishing report thread. But I like this idea to. I'm going to check out some of your links and see if it reminds me of any tips I can share.

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your post. You should start that report thread. Good idea!

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It isn't that hard to do. It takes a little practice, and their are a million ways to do it.

Don't forget to use a finder rig and a shock leader. You will lose a lot of rigs if you don't!

Also, about the bait washing back up, try one of these...

http://breakawayusa.com/shop/weights.htm

I have tried those before and was not impressed. Just my two cents. My surf fishing is limited to a week in the Outer Banks once a year though. And if it is to rough for a 4 oz pyramid, I pack up and go home. I tried those breakaways last year on a really nasty day. I found that it may take a LITTLE longer for your rig to end up at your feet, but it still happens.

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