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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2017, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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2 Handers and coastal salt series

There is a misconception that for coastal surf applications you need a 7/8, but I am sensing that's dependent on wind and what fish are present. Here are some videos that might get those of you who haven't hit the salt, to consider it especially if your steelhead rivers are closed



This first video is a nice pov of the Beaulah Opal

This second video is Peters from a few years ago and as usual he explains options for technique well. Thank you Peter

And a more technical walk through Peters advice

In this video the angler is using a Sage One 4w switch with a 350grain Wulf Ambush. Catching Bone Fish. He would later pick up a 22 lb GT on the same Rod

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Thanks for the posts..I have done a lot of saltwater boat/beach/estuary/surf fishing with two handed rods and agree about wind and size of quarry as making choice...

The last video (especially the GT) showed exactly what I rarely see...an angler that understands how to pressure a fish a fish with the butt of the rod...damn he was corked...nice fighting skills...has more to do with strengnth of terminal tackle than rod..I regular see guys playing 2lb trout to death on 4lb test...theoretically one could apply 3+ pounds of pressure with that tackle...how long and far is a two lb fish going to swim with a 3 lb weight attached to it? People rarely get it

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Yes yes yes going to the folks' house in FL in October and November. So pumped!
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Yes yes yes going to the folks' house in FL in October and November. So pumped!
Now you would be needing some onsite moral support now wouldnt you......
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FWIW I've been out in New England pursuing striped bass for the last few weeks and I've been extremely pleased with the two handed setup I brought. 6wt 11' 9" Sage TCX rod with an Abel Switch reel and a 400 grain Wulff Ambush Neutralizer line and an intermediate poly-leader. I've been using this for a couple weeks two hand overhand casting and it sure beats my 8wt single hander that I brought last year. I can layout one false cast and then shoot most of the line out and be quickly stripping line back. All without a shooting basket. Full integrated line allows me to strip all the way back to shore where lots of striper like to eat the fly. I've used it on the beach with great results as well as on the Giant Steps on Bailey Island, ME which is a super steep cliff. During high tide I could cast parallel to the shore and strip along huge rocks, finding some hookups and even last night from a friends skiff I could shoot most of the line from the boat with ease. 6wt means that a hard fighting schoolie puts a nice bend in the rod and rips out line if its particularly feisty. This will be my go to on my annual trip out here until I feel outgunned (which would be great) and then I'm going to bump up to the 8119 TCX and the 500 gr Beulah Serum Line. Took a couple hours to get the hang of this, but like sustained anchor casting, once you get the timing, it's a blast.
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looks very affective
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