Thread: Surf Fishing
09-07-2010, 05:52 PM #1
Trying to get into surf fishing at some point. I'll be on the NJ shore, maybe NY at some point.
I'm looking for some tips/tricks, what gear I need, and wait bait works well during what season.
I've been doing a lot of research but I figured I would come to the experts.
09-07-2010, 06:40 PM #2
09-07-2010, 07:28 PM #3
09-09-2010, 10:35 AM #4
What are you looking to spend on a rod reel set up?
I know there are a lot of expensive set ups out there, but I have recently switched.
I used to buy the crap that costs a lot of coin, but have switched to the good old Ugly Sticks. For NJ surf I recommend 10-12' rod, med-heavy.
I grew up surf fishing in NC and boat fishing in NJ. When I started surf fishing in NJ i found that all of my lighter weight gear for NC wasn't the best for NJ
The surf up here is rougher, and the currents stronger. You need a rod that can cast 8-10 oz's sometimes, but most of the time its about a 6 oz here which is also too heavy for my NC set ups.
I like spinning reels, so I'd suggest at least a size 60 okuma... I really like the okuma reels... even their lower end models have held up great for me.
My Dad is on IBSP with similar set ups 2-3 days a week. I don't get down there as often as him since he's retired and has nothing else to do, but the set ups are great and best bang for the buck.
You can pick up 10-12' ugly sticks at walmart for like $50 for the 10' and $60 for the 12'. We actually found 3 mismarked rods at a walmart one time. We got 3 12 footers for $30 each!
09-09-2010, 10:37 AM #5
09-09-2010, 03:46 PM #6
great thanks for the info!
I'm probably looking to spend a few hundred dollars on everthing I need, say around $500. If i need to spend more, I will but it doesnt sound like I'm going to.
Where in NJ do you fish?
What do you usually catch? Anything of decent size?
09-09-2010, 03:57 PM #7
IBSP... Island Beach State Park.
Mostly Catch Striper, Blues, Fluke, Blow Fish, Winter Fluke in the channel, Triggers and Tog off the Jetty
Junk Fish: Spiny Dog Fish, Skates, Sea Robbins
We go year round....
09-09-2010, 03:59 PM #8
A couple Uglies, A couple Okumas
Aluminum Sand Spikes
and a Cooler rack, and you might be right around $500
Also pick up about a 9' pole and some plugs... The blues and Stripers love the top water plugs and some other lures like "deadly dicks"
09-09-2010, 04:15 PM #9
nice thanks again!
Yeah, i'm looking forward to getting into this. i most likely won't buy this stuff for a few months but i wanted to start doing some research now.
have you been anywhere else besides IBSP?
i always see guys fishing in belmar and wildwood, while I've been down there. they must be catching something....
09-10-2010, 07:41 AM #10
Nah.... Just IBSP... its open all year and convenient for us.
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