Hi everyone. So I am trying to reteach myself some the basics of Surf fishing. I was taught by my neighbor back when I was a pre-teen (I am 27 now), and while I had success (Biggest thing I ever caught was a 38 inch striper on a 15 foot pole off the surf when I was around 13), he left a lot to be desired in terms proper gear setup.
My fishing spot of choice: near Seaside Heights, NJ
All my reels are spinning reels, with my main reels being 1st series Shimano Baitrunner 4500's on 9-10ft poles with 17-20 lb line.
Bait and rigs of choice: Trophy Hi-Lo Rigs mated to fresh clams for Stripers
Mullet rigs for blues.
Yesterday I decided to update my gear:
10 ft Daiwa Emblem-SF Surf Rod:
Daiwa Saltist 4500 Reel
I plan on getting out on the surf hopefully next weekend or the weekend after to see what I can snag with this new setup as I am anxious to give it a try.
Now as I said, when I was taught, I was small, and my neighbor didn't tell me everything I should know. I picked up a few thing here and there (proper knots and such and drag settings), but proper rig/line setup is something that has always alluded me, mainly when it comes to leaders/shock leaders and coastlocks. Please forgive my ignorance on such a basic question, but I'd rather look like a fool and ask for help then look like a bigger fool and fail because I continue to do it wrong lol.
What is best when using rigs such as these:
1- The way I was originally taught: Main line mated to a snaplock ( I have since ditched all snap locks and use coastlocks) which is then attached to the barrel swivel on my rigs. Always found this way convenient for fast changing of rigs.
2- Main line attached directly to the barrel swivel of the rig.
3- Main line attached to a shock leader which is then mated to the rig directly or by coastlock.
When is it best/necessary to use shock leaders?
I plan on using at least 3 poles when I head out in a week or 2. Probably at least 2 using hi-los with fresh clam and bunker, and one on a mullet rig, maybe a fluke rig with some fresh squid since they are killing fluke down on the shore right now and are allowing surf fishers to keep 2 16 inch Fluke after they have been tagged.
Thanks in advance for reading my newbie post/questions, and I am open to any other advice any of you may have for someone trying to relearn something that brought him much joy in his youth.