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#456546 - 01/27/13 02:34 PM Pier/Shore fishing
Hoover Offline
I'm putting together some tackle to bring down for shore fishing. Any recommendations? I don't plan to keep any fish, so stuff that works for a range of species would be most helpful.

#456555 - 01/27/13 04:24 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
elbert Offline
never seen anything work like a fresh sardine!
You can buy them locally.
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#456557 - 01/27/13 04:38 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
azbob Offline
Elbert is correct. I've thrown too many to count at them with little success. The only way is the way is the local way. Buy a small bag of frozen sardines (Capt Sharks and most grocery stores carry them) for $1-2 BZ and then cut bait (shrimp really works great is more expensive but does not smell like those fragrant sardines). Bring #2 hooks and lots of weights with you. Fish without a bobber. You will have a blast.
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#456563 - 01/27/13 08:28 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
Hoover Offline
Thanks.. kind of like cat fishing round here. Tight line and hope for the best.

#456600 - 01/28/13 01:16 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
krehfish Offline
Pack a few yellow/red 1/8oz shad darts, size 4 or 6. Tip them with shrimp pieces.
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#456721 - 01/29/13 11:44 AM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
Hoover Offline
How about leaders? I understand ocean fish can be kind of toothy.

#456738 - 01/29/13 01:33 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
SFJeff Offline
First, if you don't plan on keeping what you catch, use circle hooks... a lot harder for the fish to swallow. A 3-4' leader of 50lb mono goes a long way (w/ anything other than a barracuda) ...if you're fishing w/ mono, 12-16 lb mono with said leader, circle hook rigged to sit 6 inches off the bottom and about 1/4-1/2 oz of weight and a piece of sardine or shrimp as bait will go a long way/catch a lot of stuff. Have fun!!!

#456771 - 01/29/13 08:34 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
Hoover Offline
Thanks Jeff. I have it all but the leader, which I'll get there. Not much call for that heavy gear here in cenrtal Illinois. If I catch any lion fish I won't return them, but I wonder what to do with them after I kill them. Chuck them back in the water or what?

#456772 - 01/29/13 08:49 PM Re: Pier/Shore fishing [Re: Hoover]
SFJeff Offline
Lionfish you'll only really catch on spear as far as I know... if you do, keep 'em/fillet them as they are DELICIOUS. Cut the barbs off (carefully) before you fillet them and you should be all set... for extra precaution, you can toss them in a brine of ice water before hand (5 gallon bucket w/ ice water and a few cups of salt) and that supposedly neutralizes the toxin.


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