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Old 07-11-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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With summer upon us I have had several friends in from out of town that want to go fishing. I am looking for ways to simplify things for when I have inexperienced people onboard and am looking for ideas. I am thinking of switching them from a conventional reel with a carolina rig to spinning reels with a mingo/trigger type rig to avoid backlashes. Any other ideas to make it easier for rookies?
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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You don't have to baby sit them that bad. I have had real young people learn to drop a rig with slip lead and conventional. Just have them thumb the spool until they reach the bottom. Then squeeze the spool to stop the spinning.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:28 PM   #3
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I agree with Lobsterman. Worse things I've had to deal with is them hooking the anchor line or the wreck. Or they'll let the rig roll on the bottom the whole time. Just be prepared to rig them back up.
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Dropping is easy if you remind them to feather the line while they are retrieving it.

Other ideas: spinning rods are great (like you said); take the day off and be ready to do all the rigging and knot tying and some teaching. The latter is probably the most important thing.

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and have a lot of rigs and lead ready to replace the ones they will lose! A fighting belt is nice for those unaccustomed a to decent fish.

I think the #1 thing it to get yourself mentally ready.
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:00 PM   #6
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Set up leaders with pre snelled hooks on mono or floro, teach them how to tie a modified fishermand knot, teach them how to work the reel and keep a couple extra on board for the occasional bird nest. Make the first guy that birdnests one swim next to the boat. Then when the rest drop they will see him and go, "Oh, I need to thumb the spool." Most of all remeber, it is all for fun!
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:19 PM   #7
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Expect them to not know what to bring... when you say "bring Ice" they'll think a couple five pound bags. Tell them to go to one of the big auto dispenser places and fill up a BIG cooler the night before. Explain that "bring bait" means stopping at a bait store and getting 5 lbs. of squid AND 5 lbs of cigar minnows, then you'll stop and get $30 worth of live bait from the bait boat if you can. Explain what sharing fuel costs are up front.

Explain about bringing tackle, but offer to supply it and show how it's used the first time out, but then you'll expect them to supply their own. Rods can be brought (limit 2 or 3) or they can use yours.

Bring sandwiches, plenty of water, drinks, beer (if allowed). Suntan lotion is a must, an extra t-shirt is a good idea.

Explain responsibilities at the ramp when you get back, whether cleaning the boat at the ramp or following you home to do it there. (always inspect their work after cleaning, NOTHING worse than a dead cigar minnow left in the corner of a baitwell or cooler afterwards)

Fish will be split amongst the crew, licenses are required, safety brief about fire extinguishers, life preservers, before you go.

Explain that saltwater fish can be dangerous to handle, when a fish comes in explain the dangers for each, like gill plates, gill rakers, spines, teeth, etc...

Sit back and giggle as they make the same mistakes you did as a newbie.

Expect to lose a set of pliers over the side.

Make sure they learn how to pull an anchor (but provide an anchor ball to make it easy).


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