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Cisco Kid Lures
The action on these lures is very aggressive. The stripers can't seem to resist them. The fall is a little bit tough for Striper trolling. We used bright white and red Zoom worm trailers on the bottom of the back treble hook. With this kind of results in these conditions I can't wait to see what they will do in the spring.

Grand Slam Bucktails
I and my fishing partner Jeff were handed some new lures to try. They were Grand Slam Bucktails. They come in the colors of white, black and white, blue and white and green and white. The sizes vary from 4 inches to 6 inches. The Lure is made of "fishair and crystal flash" the epoxy head is even finished with a pair of eyes. (click here to see the full review)

AC Plug
Shape and size- The slender shape and jointed style of this lure is outstanding. I have seen and used almost every kind of jointed minnow type lure on the market and this one is definately one of the better looking ones I've seen. I like the realistic rubber tail and overall shape and size. The hooks are high quality and the lure seems durable. (click here to see the full review)

Put A Sock On It
I've been using the Put A Sock On It rod socks and lure keepers for a couple of weeks now and these products have proved to be great protection for both rods and lures. Wheather you are a fresh water or salt water fisherman, Put A Sock On It rod socks come in sizes that can accommodate ultra light trout rods (4'11"-5') to heavier saltwater gear (7'). I have been using the 7' rod sock to cover a 7' kokanee rod with a dodger/lure set up.

Planer Boards by Church Tackle Company
Out of the 3 planer boards Yellow Bird,Church TX-12 and Big Jon BG side Liner, I have tried out. The TX-12 by Church Tackle Company comes out on top. They are the easiest for a novist or pro to use. You can start these boards from a dead stop or at trolling speed. (click here to see the full review)

Grand Slam Bucktails
I have been using the Grand Slam Bucktails for over one year; they have proven to be a deadly salmon lure. I have trolled them from 5' to 90' with great success...(click here to see the full review)

The Complete Trollers Guide by Dan Keating and Capt Chip Porter
One of the greatest fishing books ever published and to hit the store shelf is called Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Fishing The Complete Troller's Guide by Capt Dan Keating and Capt Chip Porter. This book is written for the novice and the pro angler. It goes into great detail on the why's of fishing. The methods talked about will work in any waters , from the east coast to the west coast...(click here to see the full review)

Fishing Rod : Ocean Fishing From Shore
For your fishing rod it will all depend on your preference. The longer the rod the farther it will cast. I prefer a stronger rod, that will last me a long time of fishing the tough rocks and the few falls that you will take while trying to find the best spot to cast from on the beach. I prefer the Ugly Stik rods by Shakespeare, because they have good action, and they are extremely tough and durable. My rod has lasted me fifteen years so far.

Buy this ProductShakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Boat Rods $ 62.99
Dependable Ugly Stik rods are ready to meet the challenges of big water fishing. For over 25 years, Ugly Stik rods have been standard equipment on boats all over the world.

  • Durable, lightweight EVA grips, graphite Fuji® reel seats with corrosion resistant stainless steel hoods. Blank-through-handle construction for added strength and sensitivity on all models. Epoxy-coated blanks for protection from UV rays. Top quality Fuji® guides feature stainless steel frames and aluminum oxide inserts. Downrigger rods will not "take a set" as conventional cloth rods will. BWB model boat rods feature metallic underwraps with aluminum oxide guides, nylon gimbals, and rubber butt caps. Stand-up designs (BWSU models) feature AFTCO® HD roller guides, tip top and machined aluminum reel seats.
  • Exclusive "Ugly Back" 60-day/5-year warranty
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Fishing Reels: Ocean Fishing From Shore

Baitcasting Reel
For the open faced baitcaster type reels I prefer the Penn High Performance reels. They hold about 420 to 600 yards of 20 pound test line depending on the model. It's a great reel, from a proven name in baitcasting reels.

Buy this ProductPenn Graphite High Speed Performance Casting Reel $ 129.99
Penn's GS Series High Performance Reels. Three high speed models and one special high performance Magnetically controlled casting reel. These graphite high speed reels have become fast favorites of saltwater anglers around the world. The addition of the 525MAG there are now GS reels to tackle everything from surfcasting to jig fishing to bluewater live bait angling.

With advanced features like one piece graphite frames, precision machined gears, lightweight, adjustable soft grip handles and more. These American made reels have the power, smooth performance and lightning fast gear ratios to tackle the fastest, meanest fish in the sea. Click to Buy

Spinning Reel
I prefer to use a spinning reel on my surf rod. The main things to look for is that it can hold a lot of line, and that it is a good quality real from a well known and dependable manufacturer like Penn. I prefer the Penn Spinfisher series. These reels can hold 250 yards of 20 or 25 pound test line, depending on the model.

Buy this ProductPenn Spinfisher SS Metal Spinning Reels $ 109.99
Spinfisher® SS MetalThe Penn Spinfisher® SS is by far the most recognized spinning reel on the market. With its deep-black aluminum frame and rich Penn Gold anodized spool, the Penn Spinfisher® SS is available in four sizes perfectly geared for any of your saltwater fishing applications. All Penn Spinfisher® SS Reels feature a super-strong stainless main shaft, supported by bronze bushings; ensuring your Spinfisher® maintains alignment even under intense loads; a nice feature when hooked into 100lb-plus fish. Three* Stainless Steel ball bearings provide consistent and proven performance, while the new sealed drag knob keeps contaminants from affecting drag performance. Spinfisher® SS Spools are designed to accomodate longer casts and greater line capacities, something important when targeting trophy fish. Maybe other companies forgot that big fish are the target and line capacity is crucial, but maybe they just don't think about landing big fish. Click to Buy  

Fishing Line: Ocean Fishing From Shore
There are many different types of line out there on the market. Never skimp out on the price of a good line. Cheap line can mean the difference between landing and not landing the big fish of your dreams. It is definately worth the extra money to ensure that you can actually reel in the fish that may bite your line. I prefer Berkley Trilene Big Game fishing line. It's got the strength and durability to do the job, and it is priced right as well. I would go with 20 or 25 pound test line. Anything bigger than that, and it is too hard to break your line. The smaller the pound test, the farther that you can cast. I usually use 20 pound test and that really casts good and can be broken if you need to, with a little effort.

Buy this ProductBerkley Trilene Big Game $ 7.49
Trilene Big Game. Fighting Power for Tough Fighting Fish. When things get wild, like when there's a bluefin tuna the size of a Volkswagon® at the end of your line, you need a line with the strength and toughness to meet any challenge. Trilene Big game has the muscle and shock strength to handle even the worst punishment. It features an abrasion resistant formula that runs through the guides with less friction, but has the power to handle big fish in saltwater marathons. In key tensile strength tests, Trilene Big Game outperforms both Ande® and Maxima®. Click to Buy

Fishing Hooks : Ocean Fishing From Shore
For your fishing hook I would go with a good brand name like Mustad. I would go with a 2/0, 3/0, or 4/0 for the size.

Buy this ProductMustad 92663 Beak - Reversed - Special Bend Hook $ 1.99
Beak, forged, reversed, special bend, 2 slices in special long shank, ringed, nickel plated. Click to Buy


Swivels :
I always use size 1/0 or 2/0 barrel swivels to tie up my striper, large catfish, or ocean rigs. These swivels will work for anything that I would use in the large rivers, in the bay, and in the ocean. These swivels will work for everything else as well, but you should choose the smaller sizes as needed.

Buy this ProductSpro Power Swivels $ 2.99
These amazing swivels are made of high-grade stainless steel with a gunmetal black finish. They offer super smooth rotation and unbelievable strength and durability. SPRO Power Swivels are 1.5 times stronger than standard barrel swivels despite their tiny appearance. With their reduced visibility, they offer very little water resistance in trolling and are superb for finesse type fishing where stealth is the key. Excellent for use in rigs for kingfish, stripers, bass, salmon, and many more. 5, 10 or 50 packs. Click to Buy  


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