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Unread 01-27-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
zpayne08
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Pier fishing in Florida

Is there anyone experienced with pier fishin on here? I'm fixing to make a spring break trip to PCB, Florida in March and not into the bar scene like my buddies I thought about just fishing. I've been on two charters before so didn't have to worry about anything but baiting and catching the fish, the regulations were left for the deck hands to worry about. What gear and bait is recommended? What fish are good to eat that you typically catch off the pier?

I know that I need:
7 day salt license
Rod/reel/line
Bait
Non offset circle hooks
Dehooking device (needle nose pliers)
Gloves
Probably a cooler to keep fish from spoiling

Any certain rigs or bait preferred or specific pier down there that's best for fishing?

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Unread 03-02-2014, 03:14 PM   #2
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Havent been to Florida in years, but I suspect it's the same as fishing the Louisiana or Texas coast from a pier.

For pier fishing, specks, reds and flounder... which we call the "Grand slam" if you catch all three, you will absolutely need a drop net. You can usually buy them locally for $25 or so. Essentially, they are nothing more than a round net with ropes tied at three points so you can drop it down, float the fish over the top and lift it up to the pier. Most pier fishermen have one handy.

As for tackle, it's a matter of personal preference. I prefer light tackle, but I also know that sometimes a good sturdy 9 foot rod with a Penn reel is the ticket, depending on the fish. ( sharks come to mind).

Normally I use a Castaway ( older models...the new ones suck) 7 foot rod, labeled "light saltwater" and either a Shimano Calcutta 200 baitcaster or a Shimano Stradic spinning reel with 14-17 lb test line. ( others prefer braided line) Those two rigs are my "go to " rigs, 99% of the time. The are VERY light action rods with very fast tips and can detect even the lightest of strikes, which big redfish often do.

There's a link in my sig below that has a little more info in some of the articles I've written. 'Might find them helpful. Good luck and have fun !
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Unread 03-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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If it helps, for trout and small reds, ( 20-26 inches), my lady friend uses a 7 foot ugly stick with one of the cheaper Shimano spinning reels on it. I think it's a 2500 series. She also has a cheap,big, ugly, 8 ft. Garcia Bruiser two piece surf spinning rod with a huge Okuma spinning reel on it for bull reds. (We dont eat big reds, but they are fun to catch.)

Each rig we use has a thin, 12 to 24 inch steel leader attached before the hook.
Set your drag light ! Reds like to run....but dont let them run under the pier.

You might try surf fishing ( wading) right at daylight. You dont have to get more than knee deep in the morning. ( Most people try to wade out too far, and the fish are in 3 feet of water, behind them, in the first "gut")
I prefer live croakers, live shrimp, or plastics for wading. A 1/4 oz leadhead jig is all you need for live bait or plastics. Just dont keep any fish on a stringer unless you actually WANT to attract sharks. Take them to the shore as you catch them. Your ankles and calves will thank you for it. Wear blue jeans and old tennis shoes. ( they will be toast after you're done, so throw them away. I buy a pair of $10 walmart tennees for wading) Make sure there is nothing that sparkles or shines on the shoes. You dont want to be mistaken for a baitfish.
One more thing...and it's important.
Shuffle your feet. Slide them. NEVER take a back step, either. Sting rays will feel the pressure wave as you come up behind them and they will move out of your way. They sometimes circle back to the same place.....thus the reason for no back steps. I've been wade fishing since I was 10 ( over 50 years now) and have never been hit by a ray using this technique.
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