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DIY Surf Fishing Gear: My Fluke Rigs





Going down to LBI soon and I will be targeting fluke from the beach near the bulkheads and jetties, at the lighthouse and jetty, and on the bayside. That said, I will need some rigs.

I will be fishing with:


 

  • Bucktails (Plain and tipped with pork rind and Gulp strips)
  • Teasers (Mostly my homemades, the ones I use for stripers and blues)
  • Gulp (Shapes and strips)
  • Killies (Trapped on the bayside)
  • Squid (Bought)
  • Sea Robin or Snapper Blue strips as I catch them




Much like my approach to stripers and blues, I will use leaders, but a bit shorter (27" to 40") double rigged (main lure or bait and some sort of teaser).


 

  • Barrel swivel
  • Dropper or other loop 1/3 to 1/2 way down with duo loc clip
  • Quick snap clip at the end
  • All on a 27 to 40" leader of fluorocarbon leader line




As for colors, I will be using


 

  • White
  • Pink
  • Chartreuse
  • Naturals






So that's the game plan and the rig ideas . . . now it is time to execute. 

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DIY Surf Fishing Gear: My Gulp Bait "Pickling" Jars





So, I use Gulp from time to time like many of you probably do. The thing is the packages leak (You aren't shocked . . . are you?) and they can dry out the baits, besides making a total mess.

Here is my new solution:

You will need:


 

  • Glass jar(s) (I like olive jars due to their size and shape as it relates to the baits)
  • Some distilled water (For purity and "spreading" the rather expensive recharge juice)
  • Gulp/Gulp Alive Recharge juice (1 ounce size should do-- about $3 at WallyMart)
  • Old Gulp baits (or other plastic baits)



Here is what to do:


 

  • Clean the jars
  • Stuff jars with Gulp baits
  • Add leftover juice from packets
  • Add distilled water 1/2 to 2/3rds full
  • Add Gulp Recharge juice to top off
  • Seal and shake well
  • Store the bait in this "pickling" bath (No fear of leaks now)



When it is time to fish, pull some bait from the jars and put in good quality Ziploc baggies.  When the fishing is done, clean water rinse the baits and return them to the jars.

I will be using two mini Ball Mason jars (half pints , in think) for the smaller pieces and strips-- will need another ounce of recharge juice.

I am thinking of using foam coozies for both temperature control and glass protection.

Additional thought: The same "pickling" process could be done with bunker (Menhaden) juice available at most B&T's. 

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DIY Surf Fishing Gear: Homemade Plug Retreiver





Ever lose a plug down the bottom of the tubes in your plug bag? Me too. I was using a hook from a hook and pick set (Eventually, it would rust and be destroyed if I leave it in the bag), but I had a better idea . . .

I was using some wine corks for some projects, and thought I could use a couple of synthetic corks and some wire to make a retrieval tool.

Here is what you need:


 

  • Wine cork
  • 6-8" of bailing wire
  • Super glue
  • Drill and bit slightly larger than the wire
  • Wire snips
  • Needle nose pliers





Here is what to do:


 

  • Cut wire to length and bend one end to a hook
  • Drill a hole halfway through the cork
  • Drip super glue into the drilled hole
  • insert the wire into the hole
  • Allow to dry and cure




Done! About five minutes and free. Problem solved. 

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DIY Surf Fishing Gear: Surfcaster's Lanyard





I have seen plenty of fly fishing lanyards on the internet, but I think I have created the first surf fishing lanyard. I wade in the surf especially out about a half mile or more on a sand bar at one of my favorite local spots. That means I need to have everything with me. The answer is my DIY Surf Wading Belt and my new DIY Surf Fishing Lanyard.

Here is what I used:


 

  • 6.25 feet of line (About 50lb and diameter of paracord)
  • (3) heavy swivel clips for your stuff
  • A few inches of black tubing cut to length for spacing purposes
  • (2) 5.25" lengths of 5/16 fuel line to pad the back of your neck (Use a black Sharpie to black out lettering)
  • (1) cordlock for adjustments and quick release safety
  • (1) float to put hooks into
  • (1) name badge clip to clip it to your shirt
  • (1-2) zingers clipped or pinned to knots for more stuff
  • Anything (tools or gadgets) you want to attach
  • Scissors or knife to cut lines
  • Lighter to seal line ends
  • Razor blade to cut fuel line



Here is what I did:


 

  • Planned my layout
  • Made knots in planned spots
  • Placed clips and tubes (May need to use a screwdriver to expand the tubing a little)
  • Left excess above the cordlock for adjustments




That's it! Took about an hour. Instead of paying $40+ to buy one, I cobbled one together for a couple bucks and some scrounged materials. (I will also be making a lighter fly fishing version later this week)

Remember this DIY surf fishing lanyard is a custom thing . . . make it your own to fit your needs.

Field Test Notes:

1) Put the "looser" stuff on your non-casting side. 

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DIY Surf Fishing Gear: My Homemade Surf Fishing Wading "Bat Belt"







I finally put together my DIY surf fishing wading "Bat Belt".  My surf bag weighted a ton and I am tired of not having fast and easy access to gear . . .

So I made my own surf fishing wading belt.




Here is what I used:


 

  • (2) black utility work belts from Home Depot (I wanted plenty of adjustment ability to fit over waders and the excess web belt material)
  • Craftsman belt attachment hammer holder with a 10 x 1.5" black ABS pipe with a drain gasket and a strap to hold the rod on my hip
  • Web belt material (Crazy Glue, Grommets, and heavy duty thread)
  • D rings, clips, and other various hardware for attachments
  • Various types of line (Including paracord)
  • 2 Utility pouches from Harbor Freight (Used 20% off coupons total cost was about $8)
  • Dive knife and diver's waterproof flashlight
  • Fishing pliers
  • Fish gripper tool
  • DIY fish stringer
  • Miscellaneous gear






Here is what I did:


 

  • Trimmed excess off belts and straps to use for loops
  • Used web belt excess to create loops with super glue, grommets, and heavy duty thread to stitch reinforced points
  • Used automotive trim fasteners and JB Weld on the rod tube (Cut, Dremeled smooth and duct taped inside the tube)
  • Stuffed a 1.5" x 4.5" PVC tube in utility pouch to hold a plug or two




I used plenty of existing gear and materials, and still managed to keep other total additional expenditures under well $20-- the name brand loaded gear belts would be well over $100.

The belt not only puts things in better reach, it is also freeing up space in my now lighter surf bag.

Took me about a total six hours of crafting (Most of the time was "thinking" out the ideal utility and practicality configurations).

Make your own-- DIY!

Rear view:



Strap for attaching surf bag to the belt
(Attached to the two large D rings on the rear view of the belt)



Field Test Notes:


 

  1. My DIY Surfcasting Fish Stringer needs a Velcro cable strap on the belt to avoid premature deployment
  2. I plan on using some zip ties to "lock" some gear clips into place on the belt
  3. I may add a second drain gasket to the rod holder-- it did work really well, but could use the added gasket for even more secure positioning



Belt worked great, too bad it was Sea Robins galore during my "field test".

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Surfcasting Gear: Some of My Assorted Lures





Here is a photo of some of my surfcasting assorted lures . . .  

 

I usually target striped bass and fluke with these, but I get some bluefish too. 

More of these to come . . .

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DDFD believes that self reliance and self sufficiency are the roads to individual freedom.  He is dedicated to living a quality life through frugality, personal growth and productivity, and defensive entrepreneurship.  He also enjoys cooking from scratch and fishing.

Surfcasting Gear: Some of My Tins (Part 2)





Here is a photo of some more of my surfcasting tins . . .  

 

I usually target striped bass, bluefish, and fluke with these

More of these to come . . .

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Surfcasting Gear: Some of My Plastics (Part 2)





Here is a photo of some more of my surfcasting plastics . . .  

 

I usually target striped bass with these, but I get some bluefish too. They don't hold up well with the toothy chompers.

More of these to come . . .

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DDFD believes that self reliance and self sufficiency are the roads to individual freedom.  He is dedicated to living a quality life through frugality, personal growth and productivity, and defensive entrepreneurship.  He also enjoys cooking from scratch and fishing.

Surfcasting Gear: Some of My Plugs (Part 2)





Here is a photo of some more of my surfcasting plugs . . .  

 

I target striped bass with these, but I get some bluefish too.

More of these to come . . .

Thank you for visiting Surfcasting Today and come back soon for more . . . follow me on Twitter at 
Surfcasting2DaySelfRelianceWS, and DvrcdDadFrglDad.

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DDFD believes that self reliance and self sufficiency are the roads to individual freedom.  He is dedicated to living a quality life through frugality, personal growth and productivity, and defensive entrepreneurship.  He also enjoys cooking from scratch and fishing.

Trout Fishing, Surfcasting, and Me





Today, I am doing another simultaneous post on SurfcastingToday.com and SelfRelianceWorkshop.com.

I am both a trout fisherman and a surfcaster targeting striped bass, blues, or fluke . . . the funny thing is I realize I tend to employ similar techniques:


 

  • I look for movement or current
  • I fish from in the water-- I want to feel the water
  • I tend to use lures or flies of some sort




I like the sound and action of moving water. I have a hard time fishing lakes and ponds. The stream is more active including for the fish. The same is true of underwater currents and wave break-- things get churned up.

As for fishing from the water, I want to be one with the water. I want to feel the temperature, the current, as well as see the bait fish up close.

While fishing with bait might up the catch, I like the challenge of presenting lures and seeing if I can coax a fish into going for it.

There are times I will do both types of fishing in the same day . . . always fun.

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