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    Anybody here like fishing? BG Saltwater, bottom fishing, lake, stream, whatever. List the equipment you use, the reason you fish(fun or for food), what you like to catch, where you like to fish and anything else you can think of!

    For saltwater I use a Shakespeare Ugly Stik, Penn 309M Levelwind and Stren Superbraid. I mainly use this pole to drop live sardines for ahi, mahi-mahi and white sea bass.

    I have two freshwater poles. One Fenwick Eagle GT and a ST. Croix Avid. Both rods have Shimano Symetre reels. One reel is spooled with 6lb Berkely Vanish and the other has 10lb Stren Superbraid.

    When fishing fresh I usually go to Lake Poway or Lake cuyamaca. I mainly fish lures(spinners, jigs, spoons, crankbaits, plastics) but I will occasionally use worms and go for catfish.

    Once a year when I go to Hawaii I get to use some REALLY nice stuff. My uncle is a fishing freak(like me ) and he made his own rods. So Im using custom made rods with Penn International reels and all that good stuff. Out there we are going for Marlin, Mahi-mahi, ahi and he said that he's had a mako hit the bait he was trolling.

    I fish for fun and food and will normally keep the fish that I catch. Unless it's something like a HUGE trout or bass, then I try to let them go so they live to get bigger and get caught another day.

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    Great Lakes salmon fishing for me. There is nothing like a 25 pound salmon on 6 pound test!
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    I have never been salmon fishing. Hoping to try it one of these days.

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    Funny story about fishing. I used to live in South Dakota, and my hubby and I would go ice fishing all the time in the winter. Well, we get out here to Texas and we are talking about fishing with this couple we just met. I said, "hey hon, remember when we went ice fishing last year out at Lake Oahe?" And this lady, about my age (early 30's) said, I swear as serious as a heartattack "why would you fish for ice, just go make it". I laughed until I realized she was serious, then I just felt sorry for her!! We explained to her that you have a shack out on the frozen lake and you cut a hole in the ice etc. She was lost. Then I said, did you see that movie Grumpy Old Men, to which she replied yeah, oh...okay...I get it. Yikes!!
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    The weirdest thing that I have ever had happen while I was fishing was when I caught a fishing pole. I was bottom fishing for sculpin and I started reeling in my line and when it got to the top I had a lightly used fishing pole that someone had dropped . The pole was trashed but I gave the reel to the captain of the boat.

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    Fresh water (trout) fishing in the Eastern Sierras (Mammoth Mountain, Tioga Pass, etc.) region. Shimano poles and reels, PowerBait (lots of different colors), and a plethora of lures. Nothing like having a fish pick your bait (being outwitted by an animal with a brain the size of your pinky ... or smaller).

    Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleFreakLS
    Nothing like having a fish pick your bait (being outwitted by an animal with a brain the size of your pinky ... or smaller).

    Love it.

    Don't I know it Even with our huge brains we need to develop (literally)thousands of different types of bait/lures/rods/reels in order to catcth animals with brains the size of a pea.


    Has anyone ever gone squidding(sp?). It looks like it would be kind of fun, just to catch something different.

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    I love fly fishing, coarse fishing on all sorts from small stillwater to any kind of rivers. I'm lucky enough to have a cousin who works for an angling magazine and gets loads of gear in to review and usually passes it off to someone, sometimes its me! So i have a range of rods, i use a shimano compre and a greys gtx for fly fishing. For coarse i have a Shimano carp road, a 3 in 1 avon quiver tip and a few others including a shimano spinning road. Reels whys i have about every reel ever made, About 10 shimano baitrunners, all sorts of light beach casting reels through to big game multipliers. If your in the UK check out my Ebay auctions for some fishing stuff that is mostly very new passed on to me for nothing! My username on there is fosterfish.

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    j.Foster, how hard is it to fly fish? I would like to learn but I probably won't be able to go fishing a whole lot to practice. Maybe once a month if I'm lucky. Also, what kind of equipment is good for fly fishing. Obviously I would use a fly rod/reel, but what kind of line is good, what brands make quality rods/reels.

    I would greatly appreciate the help!

    Unfortuneately I'm in the US so I can't order from you unless I want/can pay the shipping costs.

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    Well im not keen on shipping over seas im afraid it gets complicated, but none of my current auctions are for fly fishing equipment.

    As far as good equipment is concerned i really like Shimano and Greys rods, Leeda and Greys reels. If you wanna be really extravagant you can go for stuff like Hardys and Sage rods and reels, these are super expensive and also super good.

    Learning to cast a short basic line isn't too difficult with some persurveriance (sp?) but learning to cast long distance takes a lot of practise and determination but isn't always neccesary on smaller waters. Then you have to learn the basics of retrieves and fly selection that sort of stuff which really you need to find someone experienced for. For selecting a rod/reel/line that are nicely balanced you really need to find a decent shop with nice people for some good advice because your line needs to match the rod weight and it isn't great to stick an enormous reel on a light rod.

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    Im pretty sure I don't need super high-end equipment because im just starting out. I'll probably go to a local fishing store and just ask around and try to find a basic setup that I can learn off of. Then if I get better I can get better equipment.

    I was wondering about the casting because I have seen some guys out at Cuyamaca(a small lake where people frequently fly fish) whipping around quite a bit of line and it looks like it gets pretty hard.


    Thanks for the advice!

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    Bass fishin rules all

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    Here in the SF Bay Area we've got quite a bit of good saltwater fishing. California halibut in the summer and fall; striped bass make their annual run from the San Joaquin delta in the early spring, spend all summer in the bay and near-shore ocean waters, and run back up to their spawning grounds in late summer and early fall (like right now).

    Striper fishing is at it's wildest mid-summer, when the fish follow schools of baitfish into shallow water in front of local beaches. The bass school the anchovies so tight that they are jumping out of the water, and pelicans and seagulls are diving on them from above.

    In this situation, the boat will back up towards the fish (often just outside the breakers), and deckhands will start throwing live bait to get the fish up to the boat. Then, hook a bait with a single hook and no weight, and lob it along the edge of the school of bait. Then, hold on, as a bass crashes the bait and takes off.

    There have been times where the boat has a full limit (60+ fish) in 20 minutes, and we're off to hit the reefs for rockfish for the rest of the afternoon. Often some big salmon mixed in, too.

    Some of the best fishing 'round here is called 'potlucking', which is bay and ocean fishing with light tackle and live bait (anchovies and sardines). Depending on what's happening, you can get into salmon, halibut, bass, rockfish and lingcod, sometimes all in one day.

    Salmon happens in the summer. From all accounts, this year was one of the best in recent memory, with many days of easy limits for the charter boats. The preferred method is mooching, where you drift dead anchovy through balls of baitfish. Some of the best fishing I've ever experienced on charter boats, with up to 20 people hooked up at once.

    My personal local expertise seems to be halibut fishing in the bay. These flatties are extremely toothy critters, but are very gentle with the bait. The secret is to drop your rod tip and let them 'eat up' on the bait. Sometimes I'll even give them 3 or 4 feet of line. Then, once you feel the rod load up, set the hook. My personal record is 42 pounds. I caught that one on a mid-weight Shakespeare graphite rod, 15 lb test on a Abu Garcia Ambassadeur baitcaster reel (basically, a heavy bass setup). Because the baits were small that day, I was using a very small Owner live bait hook. When we finally got the fish in the boat, he spit the hook, which was bent into an 'L' shape rather than the usual 'J' shape!

    Most all of my saltwater fishing is done with that setup, as it's very versatile.

    Winter means sturgeon fishing. Sturgeon are notoriously difficult to hook. I've had my share of undersize fish, but have yet to land a keeper (must be between 42" and 76" to keep). The world record sport-caught sturgeon was landed in Crockett, California, in the Carqinuez Strait section of San Pablo Bay. This was back in ~1980; the fish went 468 pounds. Hung up on a winch, it stretched out to about 9 feet long. The fish was taxidermied and is still on display in a state museum in Crockett.

    When backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, I always plan trips around fishing. Typical gear is an ultralight graphite rod, graphite reel, 4 lb test line. Salmon eggs for bait, small spinners and spoons for artificials. I've not had much luck with big rainbows, but I can always put a hurt on small brookies and browns. I've had days with 50+ fish, keeping maybe 3 of them for dinner. I prefer stream fishing, where you can watch the fish take the bait, but lakes are great too.

    I love fishing.

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    Next time im up in the SF bay area I need to go fishing....

    Most of what I catch down here are tuna, sculpin and lingcod. Then when I have the money it's down to mexico for more tuna, mahi-mahi and the occasional marlin.

    Seems like you guys realy like to fish! I wonder why we like fishing. One of my cousins that likes practically everything I like(bikes, running, building stuff, etc.) hates to fish! He doesn't understand what is so fun about catching a huge fish and then spending two hours cranking it up to the surface only to have it peel off 600yards of line again. Then again, thats the part of fishing that I like

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    I have a 5 year old son that is crazy for fishing. He watches OLN more then Disney Channel. We usually fish in the tidal creeks around here for whatever is biting that day, usually spottail bass and flounder. We just catch and release, I wouldn't eat anything out of these well polluted waters.
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    Bass fishing...catfishing...some light surf fishing. Fly fishing, although I'm not a "purist". I couldn't count rods and reels without a spreadsheet. Bass fishing is my favorite, I have a small jon boat with a 15 HP Mercury and trolling motor.

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    twahl how do you catch channel catfish? I was told to use a chunk of mackeral and just wait for the bite but i have tried this twice and never got a catfish. I want to try and catch channel and blue cats but im just not sure what kind of setup and bait to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum*rider
    twahl how do you catch channel catfish? I was told to use a chunk of mackeral and just wait for the bite but i have tried this twice and never got a catfish. I want to try and catch channel and blue cats but im just not sure what kind of setup and bait to use.
    I find that here they tend to move up into the shallower water later at night...like 2 am. Shrimp is a favorite bait. Chicken liver is good, but difficult to get to stay on a hook. Beef liver works too, as does cut bait. I've tried mackeral without any real success. Live bait is good...large live bait, like small sunfish or other local fare, but check your local laws on this. They tend to stay near channels, thus the name.

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    Are there any good books, or websites about fishing? I used to fish a bit when I was a kid in Boy Scouts.. but that was 18-20 years ago... Living in SoCal, I'm near the ocean, and near a few freshwater spots. I'm just not totally sure about how to setup my line as far as weights, and baits and things like that.

    I have a few rods and reels from my father inlaw who passed away a couple years ago, and my wife and I were looking to do a little fishing for fun.

    Any ideas where to start?

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    I would find out:

    A) where are you going to fish? Saltwater setups differ immensely from freshwater(atleast mine do) and the weights/lb test/hooks/etc. you will be using for each are also different.

    B) what do you want to catch?

    C) what kind of bait is easy for you to get? No good trying to catch a certain type of fish if you have the wrong bait.

    If you go for ocean fishing I would go for a well-known charter company(the charter boats I used to go on down here in the Mission Bay area is called Islandia Sportfishing) The charter boat will have live bait(anchovies/sardines) deckhands to help you out, rental equipment and you can check out the catch from the day before your planning to go in order to see what(if anything) is biting.

    For freshwater I like using lures(Panther martins, Berkley powerworms and Chrome/Gold Kastmasters are my favorite) but my friend does pretty well with powerbait(kind of like playdough. Brightly colored and smells like shimp, mostly used for trout) and worms. If you haven't fished the lake before try to call and talk to the rangers. Most of the time they are very helpful and will tell you whats biting, where the fish were biting the day before and what bait to use.

    BTW www.sdfish.com is a good site. Has links to all the lake websites, plus fishing reports and a bunch of helpful links.

    Good luck and good fishing!

    twahl: Next time I go im probably going to try a piece of shrimp. How heavy are the weights you use? I have been using 1/2oz round sinkers, not sure if it's too heavy or too light. Im pretty sure you want the bait to drift a little right?

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    in my county we fish..

    i fish like this...

    this eehhhh.. ach blue fish we pull out of water in.. how you say.. long island sound..

    we use a.... ahhh strummm to catch fish..

    i have on the left a fish of 5lbs..

    on the right is my wife with a fish as big as her head...

    it smell like my wife..

    jenqui....
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