So I have recieved a couple of Pm's lately regarding surfcast fishing. I know there are some forum members on here much more knowledgeable on the subject than I am. I figured we should start a new thread on this topic.
Locations,gear,bait basically anything related to surfcasting would be good to post up here.
So here is my setup.
I have two surfcast poles one is a 15' ugly stick with a Penn Fierce 8000 spinning reel spooled with braided 60# line on it. My other rod is a 12' alvey surfcast rod with an Alvey 550C5 side cast reel on it and the same braid. I was going to use 40# but decided to buy a bigger spool of the 60# just in case I hook something big and I also have more abrasion resistance rolling around in the surf ,sand, and rocks.
You can easily use a salmon rod or even a Halibut rod and do just fine. I got a good deal on the surfcast rod and reel so that why I have that one. The Alvey I bought on a whim just to try.
I made a couple of rod holders by using hose clamps to secure some 2" PVC to the tops of some short metal fence posts. Leave the posts sticking up a bit higher than the PVC so you have something to hamer on to pound the rod holder into the sand.
You don't need rod holders but it is nice to have and keeps your rods secured when you need to use the bathroom or eat a sandwhich or whatever. Most reels don't like the sand so you want to keep them out of it. The Alvey reels really don't care and can be rinsed out in the surf and put back to use right away but I still like to keep them out of the sand anyway.
My set ups include using some monofilament leader line in 40# tied singly or in tandem using a salmon egg loop knot. I like to use 5/0 -9/0 circle hooks but also keep a few J hook setups handy as well. These I secure around a chunk of the foam Pool noodle kids toys.
I put a sinker slide on my line then add a quality swivel. I then tie my leader setup to the swivel.
For The sinkers I have found the storm sinkers in 4oz-8oz to work the best for me. I also have tried the Hilts Claw sinkers but preffer the storm sinkers. You won't find these in most Alaska stores so I mold my own.
If I were to use store bought sinkers I would use pyramid sinkers. Whatever kind you use you do not want it to roll on the bottom.
Now for bait I usually pack along a gallon bag of Hooligan. They are cheap and seem to work fairly well.
Herring works Ok but can be a bit soft. Using chunks of inedible parts of other fish such as Salmon and Halibut can work great.
Especially fishing the end of the Homer spit. Sort of matching the hatch. If they are pumping out salmon guts then that is a good bait to use same with halibut,cod etc.
I have caught Halibut and all manner of other saltwater fish off of the end of the Homer spit by the ferry dock.
I have also caught fish off the Kenai beach. This year I am going to try the Kasilof beach off of Coho loop.
I have heard whisky gulch can be good too.
I think my first trip will be May first to the Kenai beach and I will try and post up some pics afterwards.
Any one else have something to add please do so. Tell us what you use or where you have fished.
If you have some advice or pics post them up.