Surf Spinning

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What do I need for fishing off the beach in Florida?

I just moved to west Palm beach Fl and am looking to start shore fishing. What do I need for equipment (rod/reel, bait, tackle and whatever else) to get started? I am looking to keep it pretty basic and, don't want to spend too much money. Just something decent. Also, what type of fish am I looking to catch. I was told there are bluefish here. Thanks

Well, there are a couple questions you need to ask yourself:

#1. Do you want an outfit that can be used in a variety of settings (on a jetty, pier, Inlet or beach) OR do you want a designated Surf fishing outfit?

If your looking for a dedicated Surf Fishing outfit you'll want to get a rod OVER 10FT in length. If you want a more versatile rod you'll get one that is UNDER 10FT. Why?

Realize- In South Fl, there are many more opportunity's for fishing other than on a beach. A dedicated Surf outfit needs to be longer to help your casting distance, BUT, having that extra length on a pier, jetty or Inlet is too cumbersome and (basically) overkill, (and can be dangerous when fishing off a pier where there is little back-cast room).

In my honest opinion, I'd suggest you get something in the 8-9FT length. You will be able to use it for a variety of fishing situations and the casting distance you lose is inconsequential. And if you decide to become a hardcore Surf fishing fanatic you can always upgrade to a 10-11FT rod.

Rods can get expensive, but, thankfully, for Inshore and Offshore fishing, there are still a few brands that have a good reputation and are still reasonably priced. Here are a few, with reviews included:

1. Ugly Stik, Big Water 9FT- http://www.basspro.com/Shakespeare-Ugly-Stik-Big-Water-Spinning-Rods/product/19912/

2. BPS, Power Stick 9FT- http://www.basspro.com/Offshore-Angler-Power-Stick-Surf-Spinning-Rods/product/10204609/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL

In any regard, DON'T spend more than $100 on a rod. SAVE your money toward your reel. Why? Your reel has working parts and is the most important tool you'll need when fishing. You can always get another cheap rod- but, even the cheapest, POS reel will easily be in the $60-$80 range. You need a reel that can withstand the harsh saltwater environment and be RELIABLE. Better to spend more on your reel and get something that (if cared for properly) will last a good 20 years than to spend $60-$100 on something that will die in a year or 2. Here are the best reels rated in order from excellent to OK :

1. Fin-Nor, OFS 45- http://www.basspro.com/FinNor-Offshore-Spinning-Reels/product/89192/

2. Penn, SSM 650- http://www.basspro.com/Penn-Spinfisher-SSm-Metal-Spinning-Reels/product/72135/

3. Shimano, Spheros SP5000- http://www.basspro.com/Shimano-Spheros-Offshore-Spinning-Reels/product/103536/

4. Penn, Battle BTL4000- http://www.basspro.com/Penn-Battle-Saltwater-Spinning-Reels/product/10209995/

Again, you can buy a cheap Shakespeare reel from Walmart- but, after you buy 2-3 of them in a 2-3 year period you'll wonder why you didn't just get a GOOD reel to begin with.

Tackle and line?

I suggest you purchase Berkley Big Game (green colored) 15-17LB line.

You NEED 20LB Fluorocarbon leader material. (Fluro has the same refractive index as water making it invisible under water. An Important addition when you realize the amount of fishing pressure in Florida.) 20LB size will work in a variety of locales. You may want to include some 35LB- but I rarely need something that heavy and neither should you.

Any other info on rigging, typical fish found in the surf, and "what you need" for tackle can be found here. This website is "older" but has a ton of info for the newbie, Florida Surf/Pier angler- http://amelia-island-fishing.com/fishing/fish/index.cfm

(Yes, there are Blues to be caught in the dead of Winter- however, most of the year they are unavailable to the shore fisherman.)

Hope this helps?

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