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Pier fishing beginner questions

Discussion in 'Surf, Piers, & Jetties' started by abc310, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. abc310

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    Grew up trout fishing, wanted to get back into it, but mountains are a bit far so looking at pier fishing. I'm in OC was hoping to catch some bonito or mackerel this summer.

    Any tips as far as equipment goes. Been looking and I'm pretty confused on what pole reel etc to buy, was hoping for some tips on what to buy to get something basic together and get out there. Also does anyone know if there are lessons/classes offered somewhere in orange county, been looking couldn't find anything, I feel like it might be a good investment to just go out 1 or 2 days with someone and go from there. Thanks!
     
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    I’m up in oc/la area and grew up fishing the piers in oc and la. Shoot me a pm I’d be happy to show you the ropes
     
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    Good on you, man
     
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    Get a license and get off the piers more options and less crowd...
     
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    A couple tips worked for me. One I headed to Oceanside pier you can rent a pole and get tips from them. Walmart sells some beginner poles on the cheap don't go fancy on the accessories. You need some weights hooks and fresh bait or shrimp from Ralph's.
    Visit SD Fish for tips on what fish to target and plenty of salty fishermen on the pier are willing to help as well. Don't be shy to ask everyone I have met are super friendly.

    Lots of contributors here willing to go out and meet you. I'm headed out to Europe for work wish I could help in person.

    Best of luck and enjoy the views.
     
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    Kind offer,kudos
     
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    My pleasure.. if you have more specific questions, ask away..
     
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    I fish around that area all the time. But I'm usually around the license required area near the jetty. Since you are from the OC you have 2 options...Newport Pier and Balboa. The most successful way to that I seen to catch fish on the pier is using a Sabiki tipped with strips of squid. #10 test should do it. Also you can cast from the beginning of the pier right behind the breaks with either live sand crabs or gulp sandworms (2") for the surf perch. And i think you can fish off the jetty also without a license. Either way have fun and hope to see you out there.
     
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    Btw, abc310 .. if you are still around, I may have some intel for you.. how physically fit are you?
     
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    Get a cheap set up from walmart (ugly stick if it's still on sale for $30), Something thats heavy enough for largemouth will be good; you want something sensitive yet sturdy, as most of the fish youll catch will probably be under 2lb, as for bonito, if you really want to be safe, you can go for a light salt water set up. I pretty much just use what I have, including a crappie set up. Sabikis are a must for macs and other bait fish, I always bait mine with small strips of squid (the go to bait). I've searched up before and found results on google, but pretty much just use what you have, most people you see out there wont have anything too fancy or big, and they do just fine. Go smaller on the hooks though, a lot of these fish are a lot like trout rather than large mouth.
     
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    Still around man, I'm decently physically fit?, if i I had to hike into/climb somewhere that shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    Will see if I can edit a screenshot or two for you tomorrow..
     
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