Fishing the Rocks/Jetties

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  1. VeeDubGuy02

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    When fishing the rocks these past few weeks (which I'm new too) I've been using 1oz. weight. Is this too much? Should I use less? Current has been low where I've been fishing and I can probably get away with 1/2 oz., but whats the general rule of thumb or consensus on the size weight? I have the hook size and bait content down and I've found a fairly productive spot, but it's in a corner where there's really only surges and not a ton of current. If I were fishing elsewhere, maybe a little closer to the surf, I guess more weight would be necessary? I'm using drop shot/spider knot. Just want to get a feel if I'm doing things right or not and see what others experiences I can adapt to.

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    Personally I use 5/8oz dropshot sinkers...because i have a lot of them sitting around lol. Half oz is good. Pretty much only time I use 1oz sinkers is when making bomb casts to far out structure for bait fishing . I think most say as light as you can get away with
     
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    Ok, makes sense. Thank you.
     
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    Big nail from a fire pit? What I use.. snag resistant off the charts... Saying
     
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    Curious what knot you tie on the nails you use?
     
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    A nail knot of course haha
     
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    have you ever weighed the everpresent Firepit Nail? Just wondering about the weight...

    LOL
     
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    geofish .. I weighed several, from small to a couple big ones.. weight ran from 5 to about 20 grams. Personally, I prefer the large pallet nails, think those were around ten grams or so

    spicymayo , I just use a couple overhand knots with one or two going back the other way. Square knot works fine too
     
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    For you math enthusiasts . 16 d nails are a size that would be 1000 nails to 16 Lbs. figuring it out , a 16d nail weighs 0.256 ounces so just over a 1/4 oz . For different sizes IE 4d , 1000 = 4 Lbs. , 8d , 1000 = 8 Lbs. .. Gets the brain working anyway . Tight Lines ,WR
     
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    Sinker weight may be somewhat affected by the rest of your set-up (rod/action, line, etc). For the rocks I like to use a weight that gets me down, but that will allow the current/surge to move me around a little bit without blowing me around a ton and keeping me off the bottom. Can take a little trial and error but you should be able to dial it in quickly enough with the dropshot rig. To me an ounce sounds a little heavy, but I don't know your spot and conditions. If your flirting with snags, but get away with your rig intact at least 3 times out of 4, you are doing it right IMO.

    Good luck!
     
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    aw man Coach! I’m not a millennial! I need ounces bro or I’m lost! I totally get knots and fathoms, but by grams? In my day, even Pot was bought/sold in ounces and pounds!

    LOL :emoji_joy:
     
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    Even a Key was instantly converted in my mind to 2.2 pounds!
     
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    Only Coke was in grams and kilograms in my day and you were too rich for me to hang out with!

    Surfers Rule Man! It’s all mellow dude! Shiat, we could barely afford gas man! And the rest of the dough went to munchies! Kowabunga it was so radical! Surfers fished for food cause we were “soul surfers “ and lived off the land.

    Of course, that was before Surfing became a legit sport with athletes, gymnasts and rubber-men!

    LOL. Just having a little fun and reminiscing about “the old days.” :emoji_joy:
     
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    10g = .35 oz
    20g = .71 oz
     
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    Nail? Fire pit?
     
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    Look for burnt out nails in the firepits, if available at the beach....
     
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    Hard bottom, slightly rocky, kelp & grass around. Only lost 1 weight in the last 3 trips. Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Found a few nails and grabbed a couple links of chain.
     
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    I have no idea why, but nails are extremely snag resistant for some reason..
     
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    Makes sense..slim profile. Has to get really wedged in a small crack to snag. Same reason I like the slim dropshot sinkers. You got me beat on the price of nails though haha
     
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