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Old 09-07-2014, 01:16 AM   #1
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Default Noob Visiting P'Cola Beach wants a tight line

Hello all,
I'll be in P'Cola at the Holiday Inn Resort to participate in a wedding in a couple weeks. I'd love to do some fishing while I'm there. The forum has some great tips about surf fishing and I've read and watched videos on the Pompano rig and how to catch and rig sand fleas. I'm all about giving that a try. Additionally, I'd like to try some topwater and soft plastics on jig heads.

Should I be trying anything else???


I'm traveling with a rod and some gear, am an avid angler (both salt & fresh) and am really looking for suggestions to help me have an enjoyable trip.

Thanks,
Dave

PS: not looking for any honey holes or secret tricks. Just some basics allowing me to feel a tight line early mornings for a few days while I'm visiting. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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Early morning or late evening find a grass flat that has a drop off in casting range.
Hint google earth is your friend.
Wade out.
Popping cork, flora carbon leader, small pin fish.( silver dollar size)
Set drag loose, hold rod tight.
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Enjoy your visit to Pensacola.

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Old 09-07-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Jet. I'll be sure to give it a try.

I've been pouring over Google Earth. It's pretty easy to see the sand bars and channels for longshore and outflow currents. I'd expect the outflows would be prime spots. Are there grass beds on the Gulf Side? I'm used to fishing the Mid-Atlantic and grass beds are usually in our bays here, but not ocean side...

I hadn't planned on bringing a cast net. I'm guessing that's the primary method for baitfish... I was thinking Shrimp, Squid strips or Gulp Minnows under the popping cork, but will see what I can find.

Primary goal is a bent pole, tight line and a few good pictures. I'll be sure to post what I find on the Surf Fishing Reports Forum.

Thanks!
Dave
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #4
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I think you have the right idea. Cast a line out with a pomp rig baited with peeled shrimp or sand fleas will catch you a lot of different things. Having a rod rigged with some soft plastic shrimp or minnow that you can cast to any schools of fish that past is a good idea. If a school of Blue fish or Lady fish come by tearing up bait, you will have a lot of fun with a light rod and some soft plastics. You want enough weight on it to sling it out there if you need to.

If the fish are by the beach you will catch them.

Another thing I have done with a lot of success is the following:

small rod with a little (size 8 or so) bait hook and a big split shot. Add a small piece of shrimp. Cast it 20 feet from shore and jig it back. You will almost always catch small whitting or other small fish. Then I put it on a big leader with a big hook and big weight. I hook it through the tail and sling it out and let it soak. You will catch all sorts of bigger things this way.
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