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JULY 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE


What Makes You Better...

by Capt. Russ Wheeler

Coastal Rod Bender Guide Service  

CALL: 361-633-1288

 

 

The 1st time I was introduced to the life of saltwater fishing, the catching was horrible. I didn't know what to use, where to go or what to do once I got there. So I decided, instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone else catching fish, I would go to the folks that are out there every day and learn from them.

 
I quickly found out that good rods, reels and quality line are a few key elements to successful days on the water. Most folks use a spinner so a decent Shimano, Quantum (along with others) will fit the bill. There are a lot of rod choices out there and I like to use a 7 to 7.6 medium action with a moderate tip on it. For my fishing line, I use the FINS Wind Tamer, 20 pound test. You have to experiment to find your right combination.

 

Don't be afraid to ask questions at the cleaning tables. Most people are willing to help out with what bait they're using and the general area they caught their fish without giving up the favorite holes. Use Google Earth to study the area where you want to fish and then get out and look for 'em.

 

                
 

For techniques, the best thing I have learned is simple: Keep your

rod tip up and a tight line. You will have a little slack and that's OK

but you need some to feel the hit.


Working croaker or piggies on the edge of grass-lines or the edge of potholes will produce the best results for trout. After casting the bait, I quickly learned you have to pop your rod up and down a few times in a row to work your bait and to get your bait to grunt once in a while.

 

 

Let the bait set in your hole and the trout will normally find it. No hits equals moving to another spot.  I learned all of this by going out, asking questions and doing a whole lot of listening.

 

 

Pick a spot, relax & enjoy the day.

You can't catch 'em sitting on the couch!!!
Until next time...Rod tips up and tight lines!
Capt. Russ

 

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