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hi everyone my name is mike and as the title says im new to surf fishing and really appreciate all the great info here on the site

my family just got a beach house in OC MD at the 139th st side of town so i am going down august 7th for the weekend and to give the surf a first try and maybe while there pick up a vehicle permit for DE so i can venture that way too

i have some smaller junk rods that i am setting out for smaller fish and i just picked up an Ocean Master 12' rod with a Daiwa emcast plus 5500 reel with 30lb test. i bought some hi/low rigs and 6oz weights along with some #2 bottom fishing hooks and some #2 kingfish rigs... so nothing for nothing im at least going to go drown some bait. i also have a head lamp and some sand spikes so along with a cooler and chair i think im getting there

so if anyone has any helpful words of advice or could let me know what to expect i would greatly appreciate it

thanks and thanks for a great forum i hope to learn a lot

mike

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One important thing I overlooked my first time out was to sharpen my "bait knife" before heading out. Turned my bunker into ragged mush... at least the fish were well fed!

BUGSPRAY!

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nice ill remember that for sure they eat me up as it is and i could see how that could turn a trip south in no time

thanks

it seems that there will be sharks in them there waters and i am excited about that possibility, i am so new to this that i will be heaving (my best attempt anyways) my bait out as i dont know too much about the yaking yet so aside from all the great posts about sharkin there have been recently do you have any words of wisdom on that front or any gear recomendations?

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You'll need 8 oz and 10 oz pyramid weights, that current can really rip.

For the shark, you'll need some heavy leader with a fishfinder rig, then 200 lb wire ending at at least a 15/0 Circle hook.

Make sure you use Circle hooks so the sharks don't get gut hooked!

Read around through here, all kinds of pictures and posts about rigging for shark.

Welcome aboard!

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Mike 30# test might be a little lite. I use 50# braided line and thinking up going 65 for the bigger sharks.

Two things as advice.

One, make sure you set your drag loose enough that a shark will not pull the rod out of the sandspike and into the surf. The Spinner and Sandbars take off peeling line when they hit. You can tighten your drag as you fight the fish.

Two, when putting your sandspikes in the sand PLANT THEM WELL!!!

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Mike 30# test might be a little lite. I use 50# braided line and thinking up going 65 for the bigger sharks.

Two things as advice.

One, make sure you set your drag loose enough that a shark will not pull the rod out of the sandspike and into the surf. The Spinner and Sandbars take off peeling line when they hit. You can tighten your drag as you fight the fish.

Two, when putting your sandspikes in the sand PLANT THEM WELL!!!

the addvice is well appreciated i thank you guys for your time

finaddict, i have another spool for my rig set up with 25# mono i was thinking that if the 30# braid is too light for this time of year (maybe all times of year?) would it be in my best interest to have the 25#mono spooled off in place of 50#braid and then save the 30# briad for a different time of year when there are smaller fish in the surf. i plan to make this my first year (starting late i know) and want to go frequently and fish into the colder months.

also there is mention of using a heavy leader im guessing about 6'-8' a fish finder rig and some 200# wire which i think i read you can get from home depot, for the fish finder rig is there a place in OC or DE near fenwic that would be the place to go to for this and some good bait (what exactly would be "good" bait) ill be staying at about 139th st.

this is gonna sound really dumb to you guys maybe but here it goes

to attatch the line to the leader i would use a double surgeons knot or would i be best to crimp the connections and if crimping is my best bet could i buy the materials at a tackle shop around where i am staying, and then would palomar knot due for attatching the hook to the wire or is there something special i have to do to attatch the hook to the wire

do i have that right in my mind

line

leader

fish finder rig with 200#wire then hook attatched to the wire

sorry if i am slow to catch on to this whole thing but there is a lot to learn and i am in the unfortunate possition of not knowing anyone who is active in surf fishing to show me the ropes

again i appreciate your time and knowledge immensly

mike

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Hey,You got the cooler and the chair ,That's a darn good start

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Mike 30# test might be a little lite. I use 50# braided line and thinking up going 65 for the bigger sharks.

Two things as advice.

One, make sure you set your drag loose enough that a shark will not pull the rod out of the sandspike and into the surf. The Spinner and Sandbars take off peeling line when they hit. You can tighten your drag as you fight the fish.

Two, when putting your sandspikes in the sand PLANT THEM WELL!!!

Sand spikes....definitely make sure they are buried and the drag....Now for the line, thats just preference...I don't fish my rods with anything higher than 40# (and thats just one reel) The rest are spooled with Ande 30# mono and they do just fine. I have pulled in 7' sand tigers on 30# before so it can be done. with the Emcast 5500, I'd honestly drop down to a 17 or 20# line. 30 might be a little thick for it (unless its braid, and thats a whole other story)

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Hey,You got the cooler and the chair ,That's a darn good start

HAHA ya nothing for nothing im gonna atleast gonna sitback and enjoy a different kind of sud

i am so pumped im leaving in a few hours and hope to be able to dip a line tonight!!!

ill be down this weekend aug. 7,8,9th with some family

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We'll be waiting for your reports!

Good or bad, it's all good as long as you get to spend quality time on the sand!

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