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How To Choose The Best Surf Reel

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How To Choose The Best Surf Reel The wind is blowing steady onshore. Waves explode and crash all around. It’s dark and cold. This night would be unfishable for anyone except for surf anglers. Climbing out onto a rock jetty, wading into the shore break, or perching on a pier require an angler to cast with distance and accuracy. Nowhere is reel performance more important than surf fishing. High-speed bearings, fine-tuned casting brakes, a powerful drag, and bulletproof construction make surf fishing reels some of the most advanced on the market. Harnessing this casting technology requires anglers to choose the...

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Life lessons that guiding has taught me...or the other way around

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Life lessons that guiding has taught me...or the other way around 1) The overall most important lesson is to give it your all – treat every fishing trip with importance. Put the time in to have the right baits, rods/reels, and gear. Success and great memories are made from that extra effort...not luck or chance. It will always pay off in the long run. 2) Rule #1: I joke around about this with my friends...but it’s is the truth.Having confidence in an overthought game-plan, based on conditionsand your opinions, will fail most every time.Good strategies only come from recent experiences...

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How To Choose The Best Surf Rod

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How To Choose The Best Surf Rod There are many myths surrounding fishing rods for surf fishing. Conventional is better than spinning. Longer rods cast farther. Surf fishing requires heavy tackle. For some clarity in the confusion, PENN Fishing Pro Angler Bill Hall and PENN Director of Brand Development Mike Rice offer the truth to dispel the myths. Bill Hall fishes the isolated barrier islands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore for everything from panfish to big red drum. Rod choice is critical to matching his target species and the raw conditions he finds on the islands. “For any lure or bait...

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Wade Fishing Tactics for Coastal Fishing

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Wade Fishing Tactics for Coastal Fishing If you’ve got two feet and a fishing rod, you’ve got all you need to go wade fishing. With almost unlimited access, anywhere an angler can walk is a possible fishing hole. Whether you’re casting from New England rocks, stalking a flat in the Florida Keys, or wandering up a marsh creek in South Texas, wade fishing is pretty much the same from coast to coast. Find a section of shore where deep water, swift current, and structure meet and you’ll find the fish. Start your search on a satellite map, looking for public...

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Pro Topwater Strategies for Redfish and Seatrout

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Pro Topwater Strategies for Redfish and Seatrout Pop, pop, kaboom, the sound of a speckled trout striking a topwater lure travels through the ears and into the brain. Blood rushes to every muscle, the eyes dilate, hairs stand up on the back of the neck, and the mouth lets out a whooping holler. In all the excitement, as the angler reacts to the violent strike, he will often yank the rod hard and pull the hooks from the fish’s mouth. The central challenge of topwater fishing is controlling the enthusiasm until the fish is on the boat.  It takes nerves...

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