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Old 07-01-2014, 03:16 AM
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I am going fishing off the beach at Hilton Head S.Carolina.

I am using a 10' surf rod with 25lb test mono. How much weight should I use and what type of bottom rig?

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Old 07-01-2014, 04:44 AM
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"Fish finder rig" using circle hooks from 2.0 to 5.0. Good for cut or live bait.
With a "fish finder" rig you can switch out sinker weights depending on conditions, without retying.
Sinkers: look for "frog tongue" , 4 sides pyramid ( not 3 sided ) or Hatteras style storm sinker. From 3oz. to 8 oz.
Avoid bank sinkers, less holding power.
You will need to add a "shock Leader" for casting of maybe 15 to 20 feet of 40# to 50# mono leader.
"Shock leaders" prevent line breaking when loading up the rod for a cast.

This is what I would use for Bull Reds, Sharks, Stripers & Tarpon in the surf.
Use a scaled down or lighter version for normal smaller Reds, Blues, Flounder.
You can replace crimps with uni or fisherman's knots.

Hope this helps. ...... ICM

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I use a few different rigs. What will you be targeting? Use enough weight to hold bottom. Usually 3-4 ounces will be fine. Check your rod to see what weight it is rated for. I use a fishfinder rig usually with a float. Use a three way swivel to attach 3ft of 50lb flouro leader to the main line. In the third opening on the swivel put a clip, and that is where you attach your sinker. I put a small float about 6 inches back from the baited hook to keep the bait off of the bottom, away from crabs. Anything from a 2/0-8/0 circle hook depending on what I am targeting.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:28 AM
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4 oz should be good down there
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:08 AM
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Weight to hold bottom totally depends on the tide.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:16 AM
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Tks everyone. Ice Cream Man, thanks for the visual, helped alot!

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Question for you Ice Cream Man. What is the purpose of the double line between the 50-60# shock leader and the mainline? Also why a snelled hook? Forgive the questions, trying to learn new stuff.

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Originally Posted by DFreedom View Post
Question for you Ice Cream Man. What is the purpose of the double line between the 50-60# shock leader and the mainline?
Double the main running line strength from 20# to 40# ( if using 20# mono ).
Doubling the line is needed to tie a 'no name" knot, which has a slimer profile for casting.

Also why a snelled hook?
Some hooks are offset & have to be snelled for a better hookset.

Forgive the questions, trying to learn new stuff.

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Ok, I see how snelling keeps the line "in line" with the hook shaft. So, do you only snell offset hooks?
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I always snell an offset hook. Straight shank hooks either a palomar, clinch or
maybe a loop knot. ......... ICM
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That's a mullet noggin in the pic isn't it?
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
That's a mullet noggin in the pic isn't it?
Picture info lists it as Bunker. ......... ICM
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