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I'll be vacationing in Clearwater Beach, FL the first week in October and I'd like to do some surf fishing. Anybody have any advice on different tactics, bait, and what I might be able to catch?

Question by chris95. Uploaded on August 20, 2009

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

use sand fleas and shrimp on 8/o cicle hooks and cast as far as you can. You can catch pompano, whiting, ladyfish, spanish makeral etc.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you can find any sandfleas they work better than anything else you could buy. You can not go wrong with live or cut bait down there. In June i saw many people catching Sheepshead and Pampano from the shore and off the pier. If you have a chance go to the St. Pete pier. My brother and I caught quite a few fish from the end, but i honestly have no clue what they were, bright orange and blue is all i know. Saw some people catch hammerheads from the pier too, but none from shore.

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from country road wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Shrimp and sand fleas are excellent baits and you might consider keeping a rod handy with a jig, spoon or lure rigged (ask for hints at the local tackle store) in case a school of feeding fish come within casting range. You can catch bluefish, blue runners, Spanish mackerel, bar jacks, etc., with this rig and the action can get really hot. It's best to rig with a light wire leader on your lure for the toothy critters. Be sure to get some good sand spikes to hold your rods and keep them out of the sand. Rinse your tackle well to get the salt off at the end of the day. Good luck and keep your rod tip up.

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from chris95 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips, my wife appreciates it also because as long as I'm fishing I'm happy, and she can lay on the beach without me bothering her.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Take you a snorkel and mask and dive with the Manatees while you’re there!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with fisherman14 and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from wvboy1022 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

big help rudyglove27!

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

use sand fleas and shrimp on 8/o cicle hooks and cast as far as you can. You can catch pompano, whiting, ladyfish, spanish makeral etc.

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from wvboy1022 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

If you can find any sandfleas they work better than anything else you could buy. You can not go wrong with live or cut bait down there. In June i saw many people catching Sheepshead and Pampano from the shore and off the pier. If you have a chance go to the St. Pete pier. My brother and I caught quite a few fish from the end, but i honestly have no clue what they were, bright orange and blue is all i know. Saw some people catch hammerheads from the pier too, but none from shore.

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from country road wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Shrimp and sand fleas are excellent baits and you might consider keeping a rod handy with a jig, spoon or lure rigged (ask for hints at the local tackle store) in case a school of feeding fish come within casting range. You can catch bluefish, blue runners, Spanish mackerel, bar jacks, etc., with this rig and the action can get really hot. It's best to rig with a light wire leader on your lure for the toothy critters. Be sure to get some good sand spikes to hold your rods and keep them out of the sand. Rinse your tackle well to get the salt off at the end of the day. Good luck and keep your rod tip up.

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from chris95 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips, my wife appreciates it also because as long as I'm fishing I'm happy, and she can lay on the beach without me bothering her.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with fisherman14 and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

Take you a snorkel and mask and dive with the Manatees while you’re there!

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from wvboy1022 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

big help rudyglove27!

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