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Taking the kiddos to the beach tomorrow. Plan on casting a pole or two. Any recommended baits and weights. My first time beach fishing


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Almost anywhere on the Panhandle, the basics are similar.

A six to seven foot spinning rod, Medium or Medium-heavy action.

10 - 12 lb. monofilament line is enough ... but don't forget to adjust the drag.

Either a two-hook dropper rig ( Pompano rigs, available at any tackle shop ) with a 1 - 2 oz. pyramid sinker, or a "fish-finder" rig with one hook and a sliding 1 - 2 oz. oval sinker.

( Use circle hooks, the fish hook themselves, and don't get gut-hooked. )

For bait, use "Fishbites" ... an artificial bait that comes in several flavors and colors.

Available almost everywhere, Shrimp and Sand-Flea flavor are favorites, in Pink or White.

It lasts on the hook for a good while, and is fairly tough.

No muss, no fuss, and it doesn't stink ... or make your hands stink.

( Crab and Clam flavor aren't used so much for the beach, forget about Squid. )

A pair of needle-nose pliers are good to have because of one possible danger:

"Hardhead" saltwater catfish ... they are a dangerous pest.

Please don't let your kids mess with them.

Their dorsal and pectoral spines don't just poke holes, they inject poison.

Your finger or foot will swell up, and hurt like heck for days, and you should go the ER and get an antibiotic injection. The slime on the spines of those bottom-feeders are full of bacteria that can cause a nasty infection. Be careful. If they nail you, it can feel like being plugged into a wall-socket ... no kidding, it's like an electric shock.

The most likely catch would be Whiting or Pompano, Redfish if you're lucky.

Have fun, and good luck.
 

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Almost anywhere on the Panhandle, the basics are similar.

A six to seven foot spinning rod, Medium or Medium-heavy action.

10 - 12 lb. monofilament line is enough ... but don't forget to adjust the drag.

Either a two-hook dropper rig ( Pompano rigs, available at any tackle shop ) with a 1 - 2 oz. pyramid sinker, or a "fish-finder" rig with one hook and a sliding 1 - 2 oz. oval sinker.

( Use circle hooks, the fish hook themselves, and don't get gut-hooked. )

For bait, use "Fishbites" ... an artificial bait that comes in several flavors and colors.

Available almost everywhere, Shrimp and Sand-Flea flavor are favorites, in Pink or White.

It lasts on the hook for a good while, and is fairly tough.

No muss, no fuss, and it doesn't stink ... or make your hands stink.

( Crab and Clam flavor aren't used so much for the beach, forget about Squid. )

A pair of needle-nose pliers are good to have because of one possible danger:

"Hardhead" saltwater catfish ... they are a dangerous pest.

Please don't let your kids mess with them.

Their dorsal and pectoral spines don't just poke holes, they inject poison.

Your finger or foot will swell up, and hurt like heck for days, and you should go the ER and get an antibiotic injection. The slime on the spines of those bottom-feeders are full of bacteria that can cause a nasty infection. Be careful. If they nail you, it can feel like being plugged into a wall-socket ... no kidding, it's like an electric shock.

The most likely catch would be Whiting or Pompano, Redfish if you're lucky.

Have fun, and good luck.


Thanks for the great tips.


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If you're using Bass tackle, it'll work fine.

One of the best "crossover" lures is the Johnson Silver Minnow.

With that, you can also catch Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.

Almost any kind of Silver or Gold spoon can work.

Look for cheap holders to keep rods vertical & above the sand when using bait.
 
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