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fibonaccisquared
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Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Waiting on a renovation to complete that's been slowed down significantly by covid, so spending a month or so down on the Georgia coast (SSI/Jekyll) with family.

While I'm here, would love to get out and fish a bit. Just looking for recommendations on a decent budget setup that I can fish while I'm here.

Won't have a boat, so either pier/bridge or surf fishing will be most likely options. Appreciate any advice. Thanks!


deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Two rigs.

7' medium heavy spinning rod/reel combo from Walmart for sharks, stingray, redfish.

5' ultralight spinning combo from Walmart for catching bait, small eating fish like whiting, croaker, small redfish etc.

And get some crab traps to put out while you fish.

And get one of those bucket toppers and a cheap pier cart from academy.


deeprig9
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Forum.gon. Com

Go to GA coastal section (Not to be confused with the broader "saltwater" section) and read to your heart's content about best bank fishing around ssi and ji.



fibonaccisquared
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Appreciate it rig!


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deeprig9
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Shrimp seining season opening next week, it's all the rage on JI, if I were down there for a month, that's what I would be doing. Research that.

Basically you have a 50'net that is like a tennis court net that you and a buddy walk up and down the beach with, and haul in 100 pounds of shrimp on each pass.


Spunky
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
I'd go with something stronger than a 5 ft ultralight, 6'6" medium with 2500 size reel will do the trick, that way if you get ahold of a ray, big red,jack or shark you've got a chance. If you hook a 4lb jack on an 5' UL you're going to get you're arse whipped lol. Good luck, if Edawg doesn't chime in by tmrw I'll text him and let him know you're looking for some advice.


deeprig9
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
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I'd go with something stronger than a 5 ft ultralight, 6'6" medium with 2500 size reel will do the trick, that way if you get ahold of a ray, big red,jack or shark you've got a chance. If you hook a 4lb jack on an 5' UL you're going to get you're arse whipped lol. Good luck, if Edawg doesn't chime in by tmrw I'll text him and let him know you're looking for some advice.


Did you miss the part where I said 7' med-heavy spinning combo?

You are a watermelon eating straw hat wearing gnat slapping cracker degenerate.


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fibonaccisquared
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Good call-out. Can probably get a friend to meet up with me and make a few passes at some point while I'm here. Wife is preggers and wouldn't join me anyway. Munchkin is only 4, so would not be the best partner for the job.


Edawg
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Another option is to rent a pole or two while you’re here. Jekyll Fishing Center can set you up. They usually have mud minnows as well.

Forget that crappy frozen shrimp for bait. Spend the extra money for human consumption shrimp or get a box of squid. If you’re fishing from the beach there’s no need to throw it half way to Africa. Most of the fish are in the surf zone. A popping cork and a mud minnow can be deadly in the surf. Spanish, Jacks, Speckled Trout, etc in the summer.

If all else fails, you could always book a charter. I know a guy.
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lewis and herschel
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Sam's clubs in salt water cities usually has a selection of Penn Spinning combos for a good deal. They are more expensive but last a long time.

I tie Carolina or Chicken Rigs to fish with.

Helped a buddy who had never salt water fished catch a 31" Bull Red off pier park on a chunk of lady fish.

So the strategy is to fish multiple rods for different size fish. Some big baits some small baits.

Sabiki rigs work good on piers for live bait.

Squid, shrimp, minnows, sand fleas, and cut bait.


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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Mud minnows are great bait as long as they are under a float or being fished on the bottom while being retrieved. Otherwise they just burrow down into the bottom.

You can cast them a hundred times without coming off and they are still alive. You can buy two dozen and if you only use six, take them home and leave them on the porch, they'll live for a month; you don't have to go to bait shop every time you want to fish. And everything eats them.



lewis and herschel
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Mud/Bull Minnows rock for Bay fishing from a boat. Use them or pin fish.


deeprig9
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
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pin fish.


Catch these around docks/piers/any structure with a #8 eagle claw aberdeen hook with a split shot and a piece of shrimp on your ultralight rig.

Cut these and use in the crab traps.

Or fish it live on an Owner 3/0 (light) circle hook and a 2 oz pyramid sinker from your 7' med-heavy rig.

With your two crab traps baited and your big-rig cast out, re-rig your ultralight for mudminnows under a float and an Owner 2/0 (light) circle hook.
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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Shopping list-

7' spinning combo

I own an older generation of this, I bought at a coastal walmart 15 years ago, the reel is just now starting to wear out, but I love the rod, and am shopping for a new reel now. I know, Zebco right?

Consider re-spooling with a 30# equivalent braid. Suffix is what the cool people are using these days. Or just leave the 12# mono on there and use leaders. You should use leaders either way, on this rig.



Get the 5' version of this. Spool with #4 equivalent braid, or 6 pound mono. I prefer mono, you can cast small things better, and break your line off easier when you get snagged.

5 ft ultralight combo



Two of these crab traps, and some rope.

Circle Traps




Minnow bucket.

Minnow Bucket



For the beach-

Sand Spike



Cart- I own this exact one, it is high quality, don't let the super low price fool you.

Collapsible Cart



Bucket topper, and a 5 gallon bucket. Even if you have your folding chair to sit in, this makes a good work surface for retying and whatnot, Also, you usually don't need a whole tacklebox worth of tackle at the pier or beach, so you can leave that at home and just pack a few things in the bucket topper. And even though you already have a cooler, it's good to have a bucket at all times too (bait, crabs, you'll find something to put in it, guaranteed). And a nasty rag tied off to the bucket handle.

Bucket Topper


This should be enough to get you started. For cheap. Maybe later I or someone else can put together a terminal tackle list for you.
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fibonaccisquared
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
duuude. Really appreciate all this! Adding a few things this evening to the shopping list for sure.


Edawg
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
And if you’re coming from north Georgia don’t forget the Salt Life sticker for your vehicle Lol
That seems to be a must have.

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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
And a "Beach hair, don't care" sticker for the wife's car. Or UGA flip flop stickers will suffice.


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LewDawg
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re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
My wife and I have a running tally of all the stupid “______ Life” stickers we have come across.


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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
40028 posts

re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Terminal Tackle Shopping List-


#8 and #6 Aberdeen Hooks for catching bait/pinfish

This link uses a drop down to select different size and qty, choose a 10-pack of #6 and a 10-pack of #8.

#8 for catching bait. #6 for catching whiting, croaker, other small but good eating fish. I like the gold, it helps attract attention in murky Atlantic waters.



2/0 and 3/0 Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Light-Wire Circle Hooks

Same site, use the dropdown to get a 5-pack of each, the 2/0 and 3/0. Go ahead and get a pack of 4/0 too.

The secret to using circle hooks is don't "set the hook". When a fish takes it, just reel.


Removable Split Shot weight variety pack
Split Shot Variety Pack This is mainly going to be used on your ultralight. But I've been known to use them on my bigger rig too.



Small floats for your ultralight rig.




Slip-bobbers with Bobber-Stoppers- a game changer. Learn to use these on youtube.
This is basically a way to fish deep, with a bobber, at the same time! Academy link.


Big Bobbers to keep a larger bait/weight off the bottom, a little more visibility too. Walmart link, different from other links.



Beads
Back to Tackle Direct. Get the red ones, 20 for a dollar. They protect your knots from any sliding weights, but also act as fish attractors in murky water.




30# flourocarbon for leader material Example at Tackle Direct


Buy at local tackle shop:


Lead Weights-

1/2 oz egg sinkers
1oz egg sinkers
(If you need more than 1oz on a sliding egg sinker, then you need pyramid sinkers.)
1oz pyramid sinkers
2oz pyramid sinkers

50# rated swivels

Assortment of pre-made rigs for surf, etc. Gets you on the water quickly without having to make alot of rigs, but nothing beats the handmade "Fishfinder Rig" with the sliding egg sinker. decent article on the subject, they even sell a "kit"

Get you some gloves, saltwater fish will frick you up.

Get some decent hook-getters, fishing live bait, even with circle hooks, can get hooked deep, and those ocean fish have teeth.


Get you a good bait knife.














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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
40028 posts

re: Budget saltwater fishing rig advice? Edawg?
Just so you know I'm not a hypocrit...


Zebco 7' with a 5' ultralight. Minnow bucket. 7.5 gallon bucket (missing the buckettopper full of tackle). Cooler. Chair. Crabtrap. Cart.








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