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Dfyan
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Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:16 pm
If I'm using 10# mono on a 9 foot surf rod with a spinning reel, how many ounces of weight should I tie to the line to get the bait "way out there" without the line snapping off? Is there some sort of rule of thumb for a ratio of lead weight to line strength? How much does casting technique factor in? I can consistently cast 2 ounces of lead on 20# test mono to reach just beyond the breakers by "rocking" the weight back and forth before casting. OR....is this just a "learn by doing" thing? I'd like to use line lighter than 20# mono.

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Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:46 am
TIE ON APPROX. 20FT OF 30 LB MONO AS A TOP SHOT TO ABSORB THE SHOCK OF CASTING STRESSES , IT ALSO HELPS IN THE EXTRA STRESS OF LANDING FISH IN SURF CONDITIONS.... MY 2CTS WORTH   
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Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:29 am
Shock leader is a must have when surf casting. Shock leaders absorb the shock when a rod is loaded up on the cast.
I use 60# at least 5 wraps around my reel plus a double length of the rod.tied to 18 # mono for big fish.
Sinkers are determined by the current your fishing.
Always use a "fish finder rig"......ICM

Here's a good article to read, will explain a lot.
https://vbsf.net/articles/surf-fishing-101/surf-fishing-101-contined/surf-fishing-102/
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Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:52 am
Some really great advice here, and completely worth reading. In New England, by far, most of us in the surf use a far more simple approach to fishing. We typically use a straight forward 20 pound backing followed up with a 50 pound leader. We usually add a fishfinder with a 3 or 4 ounce weight to it. The knot is extremely important, typically we tie a palomor knot,. We do that so if we switch to a bober to float our bait (which we do when we use worms), the bait will turn and swivel. The rigs you have just shown are truly spectacular, and I am definitely going to try them in late May/Early June when the fish return.

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