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Old 04-27-2010, 10:07 AM
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Default RI Spring Baits

Hey guys, have been surf fishing for about a two years now. Was wondering if anyone would be willing to share what they use for bait during the month of may and beginning of june before the water starts to warm up. I have done a lot of fishing out of wellfleet and our main lure choice was jigheads and soft plastics. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I also just bought a 10'6" (1-4 oz) mojo and a baitrunner 8000. plan to spool it with 50lb powerpro line. I have had a few bad experiences with shops putting on line. A kid who works at basspro told me to do it myself because the bail puts the line on the spool in a criss-cross pattern as opposed to a smooth back and fourth which is how they would do it in a shop. He also told me to put two wraps of stretch electical tape instead of a mono backing...would anyone agree with this? He said to soak the brad before hand. Trying to get as much braid on as possible. Specs say I should be able to put about 250 yards on the reel. Any suggestions on the type of knot to tie the braid to the spool with? Also I have been using a uni-knot to tie the braid and floro leader to the swivel. Do any of you suggest a different/stronger knot? Again thanks for all the help. All tips and advice is welcome.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:31 AM
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lotta questions asked and i dont know some of the answers ( my second year surf fishing as well) but i would definitely agree with the putting electrical tape on the spool instead of mono to take up space. also i would recommend putting on the line yourself, its easy and quick and then you can ensure the quality of the job done. one last piece of advice i can tell ya is that while you may want as much line as possible be sure to not fill the spool too much. leave at least 1/8th of an inch at the end of the spool free or else your going to have alot of tangles.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:33 PM
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I wouldn't put the electrical tape on my brand new reel...I did it on an older one and it got sticky after I took it off to put new line on and it was a mess...Use some backing (mono-just enough so you don't see the inside of the reel anymore-so it'll grip) then tie a blood knot (you can do a search and find it) from the mono to the braid...You won't miss the small amount of line you'll use from the backing...I agree about not putting too much on-it'll cause a nice big mess for you...If your using bait on the runner, then you can't go wrong with eels, but early in the spring the bunker should be around so chunking bunker (pogies) would also be a good choice along with my favorite all the time bait, clam bellies...Chum with them and throw the big slimy pieces on the hook...
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:31 PM
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Welcome rebson.

Alot of questions here.

Number one, what you use for backing is your choice, tape or mono both work fine. The knot i use is an albright knot to put the mono to the braid. Keep in mind you are just putting a little bit of mono to prevent the braid from slipping on the spool. Also just soak the braid before you put it on. And power pro spools are really easy to put on, you shouldn't have a problem.

Secondly, as clopes said, pogies or clams. Probably go with pogies in RI, there usually sold at all bait shops during the spring. Chunking is a pretty basic set up...If you have some questions do a search.

Lastly this should answer your knot question. https://www.stripers247.com/phpBB2/showthread.php?t=9571
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:45 PM
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Definitely keep the line soaked while putting on. I do this and it really helps.
Plugs I'd stay with light colors and use a variety to see what is working. Generally smaller presentations at this time of year. Danny's or darters, poppers, etc. Rubber swim shads with paddle tails 4 or 5 inch

Backing I do one wrap of electrical tape with a short distance ( 10 yards max ) of mono and use an albright knot to join the 2 lines
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:25 PM
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Squid Patterns are productive this time of year also. That is some of the best advice I have ever heard coming out of Bass Pro,

Soak Braid
Tape Not Neccesary with a mono backer. But not discouraged either.

Spool it on with the reel as opposed to the machine

Albright mono to braid

Alberto is also a good choice.

Good Luck with the Rod and reel.

I will see you around Wellfleet some time. I spend many weekends in Eastham over the summer
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