Anything better?

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  1. NibbleSquad

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    Than sight fishing beans in the surf?

    What's your preferred surf targets?

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  2. Werfless

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    Definitely a cool fish there. I do love my rocky area creatures though, have to say
     
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    Can't think of anything better (expect catching them on a fly rod :emoji_grin:), nice fish!

    I prefer beans, but have yet to catch one in the surf.
     
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    For me these are a bycatch I had a 21.5" bean take my swimbait last week and I landed him. But not my first choice. I like the flat kind
     
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    Hearing the "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" after you see a good size one inhale your sandcrab is almost therapeutic. That's a nice one!
     
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    Nice job.Right now it's spot fins. Easy peasy getting big ones in previous years but shut out so far this year.
     
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    A couple weeks ago I was fishing the surf and a big school of spotfins came in. It was every cast within 10 seconds of hitting the water. Those things fight really well. Almost like massive bluegill
     
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    Sight fishing in general is numero uno for me. Though for me it takes back seat to a surf halibut caught on an artificial in terms of most gratifying.
     
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    Don't forget about wsb! I've been seeing quite a few lately
     
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    Keeper halibut is a great feeling from the surf. However, a big bean or spotfin on light line is a better fight IMO.

    Shrimp on a rocky reef beach is always exciting because it could literally be any of 40+ species.

    Big surf bass shouldn't be forgotten either, their will to bury you in the reef is arguably more challenging than a drag ripper that doesn't seek cover.

    Part of what I love about the surf, there is such a variety of gear, techniques and targets that provide different experiences and challenges.
     
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    Great post & nice fish!
    Beans are great, and so are all the fish & techniques mentioned here.
    I love hali and agree that landing a keeper on artificials is mighty gratifying. I’ve yet to land several of the species listed here in this thread but soon enough.
    Keep up the great work & have fun.
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    P.S. You might want to try to keep that reel out of the sand. Sand & salt can shorten the life of most reels.
     
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    Corbina and spot fin are my game of choice... But being mostly a bait guy, I get a lot of by-catch...Which is ok with me...But corbs and spots are what I'm after....
    Butch
     
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    Pound for pound there are better fighters for sure. But those are a dime a dozen. The elusivity of surf halibut play a factor for me I guess.
     
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    Corbina are wicked strong. Similar to sharks when trying to pick them up.
     
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    Surf halibut are fun but the grind of chucking and winding trying to hit one on the head isn't as gratifying as making a delicate, well placed cast where a school of corbina will cross paths with your sandcrab. It's very reminiscent of freshwater bass fishing imo
     
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    I agree with you there. And some halibut fight very well
     
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    Had this reel for about 2 years now. Cheapest Shimano they make I think. Just tear down and regrease every couple months it fishes like new other than the drag clicker isn't as loud. Imo the danger of saltwater is over exaggerated. A quick rinse with the garden hose after a session and it's fine.
     
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    A good majority of CA inshore fish can be caught on cheap reels. A rinse will help and if you tear down and grease the reel it will last even much longer.
     
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    In order of importance
    Bait
    Line
    Rod
    Reel

    Nice gear is nice. But it won't help you become a better fisherman.
     
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    [QUOTE="NibbleSquad,

    Nice gear is nice. But it won't help you become a better fisherman.[/QUOTE]

    Don’t tell my wife that.
    Butch
     
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