Glad you posted. Your post is exactly the reason this site came into being. Like JB said, ask questions. Now that the search feature works its back to its good old self (thanks to JB) there really is a wealth of info on these pages.
I have canged the beginners clinic name to stripers101 as well. It can be found in the striper room.
Chunkin is nothing more than putting a piece of cut bait on the end of a hook and tossing it in the water. You might also see it referred to as 'dead sticking'. Putting a rod in a sand spike and leaving it there with a piece of cut bait or a worm or clam or squid or whatever on the (terminal) end.
The weight of the your sinker, lure and bait become important when your selecting a rod to fish with. A chunking stick should have a good backbone and be capable of throwing upwards of 6 and 8 ounces. A good plugging stick depends on the size lures you will be tossing. they are rated light, med, med heavy and heavy.
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