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I am heading down to the surf for a week and wanted to see if anyone had any info on St. Georges (surf fishing close to the cut). I am down there at the least 3 times a year and most of the time stay in the fish pretty well. I am catch and release only and just enjoy it for fun. I use fish bites and once I catch something I feel a shark would like, I run him out a bit with the kayak and see what is biting. I have had on a few sharks, but never landed one. (always something...line breaks, shark lets loose, etc...etc). Any help is appreciated.

I also have used a guide service down there each year and am growing tired of handing over $400 for a morning of riding around in the boat. Each guide I have hired has not been able to put fish in the boat and always reminds me of the tipping policy when we start heading back in. Not sure if this is my luck or just the new normal. Any help is REALLY appreciated here!
 

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I am running heavy spinning gear. Penn 6500 (or maybe it is 8500) with 80lb braid, wire shark leader with normal J-hook and a 14' heavy action rod. I try to get me a sting ray or two and can get them on the hook, but every time they jump until they throw the hook...like clockwork!
 

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These guys have a tipping policy ? So, it's required ? So that would be his fee, right ?
I would think a tip is voluntary and given when exceptional service is given, like a boatload of fish or at least trying REALLY hard.
 

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First and foremost, add a topshot of 60lb mono. For the leader, I run 20 feet of 500lb mono with a 4 foot section of #19 wire as the bite section attached to a 16-20/0 circle hook. the heavy mono protects against their skin rubbing the line, and helps out a lot when you get the fish in the wash and have to grab the leader. Rays are by far my favorite bait, but what ever is in the surf will be what the sharks are feeding on. You will always be running the risk of hooking and unstoppable freight train on that size rig, but it should handle anything under 7' just fine.
 

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These guys have a tipping policy ? So, it's required ? So that would be his fee, right ?
I would think a tip is voluntary and given when exceptional service is given, like a boatload of fish or at least trying REALLY hard.
Tightline is the only one I ever use, and he always earned the tip and never once mentioned a tipping policy. It seems to me the only reason to mention the tipping policy is if they knew they did not earn it.
 
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