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Beginner Beach Fishing Tips: Using Plugs and Lures

Beginner Beach Fishing Tips: Using Plugs and Lures


I think it’s gone- no it’s still here! Yea-heah! That’s what I’m talking about! That top water bite is so fun! Day one in Florida! We flew down to, um, Orlando yesterday, and this morning we are out on the surf trying to catch some fish! This month, the Senko Skipper team is in Florida on a mission to create videos to help the world learn more about salt water fishing. We’re here to explore one of the world’s most fantastic fishing locations, and document the fascinating world of fish that live in Florida’s oceans. So stay tuned for a month filled with great fishing, monster fish, and all the methods you need to start catching them yourselves. I am using what’s called a “Gibbs Bottle Popper.” Gibbs is the brand, and this is called a bottle popper, and what you want to do is work it side to side when you’re out on the water. It makes a whole bunch of splashing, fish will see that there’s splashing above and come up and strike it! So, the goal with this is to cast it far, it’s pretty heavy, probably 2 ounces right here. Try and get it out as far as you can. So you’ll want to catch out as far as you can because it basically allows you more opportunity for a fish to see your lure. Basically, the further you cast the better chance you have of hooking up on a fish. Right now I’ve got a 9-foot, medium power St. Croix Mojo Surf. I mean, it’s not like the greatest rod out there but it’s a great, affordable beginner rod. If you want to start getting into plugging, like I am, I just started getting into this and it’s very rewarding, but, uh, it can be tricky. So my plug is out there, I’m going to keep a tense line… and look at my hand. I’m making this funny motion and I’m reeling it at the same time. Nice and slow. Something was chasing my bait the whole way back! You could see the fish jumping out, did you see it?! Yeah, I saw it! This thing causes a whole bunch of commotion at the surface of the water, and it will draw the fish up! Hi! I got a fish on! I have no idea what it is… something small… Bluefish! Ha ha ha ha! Ooh, look at it’s jaw… Rippin’ lips! Woah! Christian, it you’re watching this, remember you told me about ripping lips? Look at that! Ha, I set the hook too hard… oh my god, I ripped it’s lips… This is a bluefish! What I think is really interesting is how fishermen are basically constantly trying to think like the fish. I mean, when you’re out there on the beach in the morning, you see a lot of changes as time passes and the sun rises, and I think what many people don’t really realize about fishermen is how connected they really are to nature. I mean, they really try to understand why the fish think the way they do, behave they way they do, why they like to bit a lure near the surface. Does the splashing make them think it’s an injured fish? I think it’s gone- no it’s still here! Yea-heah! That’s what I’m talking about! That topwater bite is so fun! As soon as Brendon caught one fish on his popper, his friend, James, hooked up as well because when bluefish are present they’re there in schools, and when you catch one you can expect to catch a lot, just wait for them to move through. We doubled up! Whoo! Whoo-hoo! So, every fisherman that we’ve talked to, especially down here in Florida, they all hate bluefish… Why does everyone hate bluefish? Is it just ’cause they’re, like, annoying and you’re going for other things and there are so many of them? That’s my guess, that’s what I’ve heard, but I want you guys to tell me if you like bluefish, if you hate bluefish, why? Comment below! Whip it! There you go! Now it’s landed, close it… … reel it. Now, now you know how to work it, right? Yeah, I can’t feel it… It’s okay, just make sure you have tension. You will very likely get a fish right now. The bluefish are hitting real hard right now, they’re all in here. Uh huh. Reel it in faster. A little bit faster, there you go. How do I know how fast to reel it? Faster! You gotta– you want to try and keep it on the surface, and this thing sinks. Ah! No wonder I can’t see it! Oh! Ohhh! Hahaha! There you go, I told you! (Oh my gosh!) Set the hook harder! Urgh! There you go! Walk down, walk down! (Hahaha!) She got it! Wow! Ahh! I don’t want to lose it! Oh, man! Bring it in, bring it in! Bring it in!! Nice!!! Alright girl, Good job! (Hah, haha!) Caught my first bluefish! That’s your first bluefish? (Yeah, this is my first bluefish!) On topwater? Nice job! So, I changed it up. Using a piece of tin now. This thing is like, 3 ounces so it’s basically a bullet when I cast it out. Accompanied with my 9-foot rod, the reason it’s so long is so you can cast it out real far, and, basically, you can fish different columns. 1.) You wanna just try and let it hit the bottom try and let it hit the bottom and then rip it up, just jig it up and down off the bottom. Or, you could just swim it back. What I like to do is bounce it off the bottom. So here’s my primary set up right now, I’ve got, uh, 40 lb. braid, you can use 20 if you want, um, and then I’ve got a line-to-line… .. to 30 lb. fluorocarbon… … and that is attached to your lure! and I’ve got this on a big, 8000… 8000-sized reel. Alright, excuse me. I gotta go… I gotta go catch another fish. And just as it had been all morning, as soon as one person in our group found a fish, everyone else caught one as well. Brendon’s father, Michael, caught his bluefish on the same popper that I did, and we got that from Amazon, it’s called the GT Ice Cream, and it’s made of a super-hard plastic that bluefish’s teeth can’t break. We hope, with this episode, that we helped some beginners learn the basics of beach fishing with plugs and lures. So let us know if you’ve ever tried this kind of fishing, where you’re from, what you’ve caught with it, or comment and tell us how you like to fish off the beach. We’re here in Florida to explore one of the world’s most fantastic fishing locations and document the fascinating world of fish that live in Florida’s oceans. So stay tuned, and hit that subscribe button for a month filled with really cool fishing, monster fish, and all the methods you need to start catching them yourselves.

100 comments on “Beginner Beach Fishing Tips: Using Plugs and Lures

  1. That st croix is at least 100 prob closer to 200. Not really affordable for most beginners. But I have heard great things about st croix

  2. IMHO Bluefish are a nuisance. They at the Mosquitos of the undersea world. On top of that they taste very fishy due to the Blood line. More on the lines of Mackerel in flavor. BUT NO ONE can deny their fighting prowess. They are little (and often Large) powerhouses. Your terminal tackle needs to be ready for their sharp teeth. Here in DE we always use Braid to 50-80 pound mono not FG Knotted but connected to a Swivel. Blue fish love to spin and destroy FG or PE knots. Unfortunately there is no Bluefish spray like Mosquito spray. So if God gives you Bluefish, thank him and have fun. He will give you something else in time. He is good like that

  3. Reasons in why I hate bluefish
    1. Ruin lures
    2. Break lines
    3. They bite if your not careful
    4. Steak bait
    5. Annoying when you are going for other species

  4. I've been looking for a good source of informational surf casting videos and you've got the best ones on youtube. Good job.

  5. Ok, I'm new to surf fishing and have been watching your videos (great videos by the way). I see blue fish and sting rays, sharks and others, where do I go to learn which fish are eatable?

  6. Here in New Hampshire,some say the Bluefish Kill just to kill. Of course making it hard to fish for others like strippers. Others because whoever cooked it didnt do it right. Then they're nervous about trying it again.

  7. We call Blue Fish 'Shad' or 'Elf' in South Africa, razor sharp teeth. I had one bite me on the finger and basically bled for hours.

  8. Thanks for everything , I'm from Chicago so I never had a chance to catch them beautiful fish we are more simple fish over here

  9. Wow. You guys should come here in Singapore and do some shore fishing! Personally i feel its seriously hard to catch anything here haha. I fish almost on a weekly basis & i learn alot viewing ur videos!

  10. I like blues, yeah they mess up lures but if you’ve got a steel liter your good. They put up amazing fights I’ll fish for them all day.

  11. Great video, I'm very new to fishing and i really like when you explain how the lures work. New subscriber to your chanel.

  12. Who else caught the Dolphin in the water at 2:15 ???? @ Senko Skipper, I live in La Ceiba, Honduras and i am really enjoying your videos as I am starting to get into surf and pier fishing, they have been beyond helpful!

  13. Bluefish are fun to catch but not good for eating very oily and really dont recommend eating but they put up one heck of a fight I've seen them well over 40 in

  14. Got me Daiwa, Beefstick 30# max is that a usable surf rod? Yeah, I'm a FNG?! 🙁 Any comments and help would be really cool, please?!

  15. The second I saw that red and white plug i knew it was GT ice cream. Glad to see you guys using tried and tested South African products

  16. Bluefish are good to eat when they small ,tailor blues ,but when they big they had to much oil in them no good to eat .

  17. From Poole Harbour south west UK.
    Love using lures and poppers for Bass fishing using an 8ft spinning rod. PB: 8lb 10oz and it hit the lure like a train. Using a basic swim and jig motion.

  18. You are a good man and your family as well I am from Algeria and I always follow your channel and wish you success in all your work and thank you very much for your efforts

  19. Headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina tomorrow! Got some poppers and spoons. Can't wait to try them out.

    Thanks for the vid!

  20. I ain't gonna Lie the girl adds the perfect touch to this video & REALLY makes it. Hands down. You get Big time Credibility points.

  21. In the UK we use 14 and 15 foot rods for on the beach or rocks ….. casting to 200 yards plus …… great fishing folks and tight lines to ya both

  22. No offense but this is ur worst video by far it's getting bad. Again NO OFFENCE. U do these videos a lot better the ur girlfriend does . Ur girlfriend kills ur videos bro

  23. dude, why are you using treble hook? you said in 1 of your videos( discussion about hooks) that you hate using that kind of hook because it is deadly to fish

  24. The blue fish in Florida (Just Moved) St Augustine area are a lot smaller then the ones I’m used to fishing in Long Island but it’s been a challenge learning what different species take as bait btw your salty squid are Amazing @ Mantanza Bridge for pompano and blues and sheepshead

  25. I’m new to all these plugs, lures, rods and reels. When I was younger, all I had was a glass bottle with 30 lb mono with a few hooks. We would reel in some small sharks and a few decent size Ronky with the rigs we had, but now having a rod, it’s way much easier.

  26. When me and my dad tried this we where in Rhode Island and we caught two keeper strippers and 8 20 plus inch blue fish

  27. I have just started saltwater fishing and I'm trying different methods on catching fish, I am from South Africa

  28. We call them shad down here in South Africa and it's one of the highlights if the year when the shad sholes start biting.

  29. This is just superb, been searching for "matanzas inlet surf fishing" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Wenayden Xenaylee Blaster – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my cousin got excellent success with it.

  30. This was great, been searching for "surf fishing in san diego" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across – Wenayden Xenaylee Blaster – (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my partner got excellent success with it.

  31. I don’t hate any fish, bluefish are lots of fun to catch but they don’t taste all that great, if you fry them they are pretty good

  32. Hmmmmmmm she asked a question….why do we hate Bluefish? Lets see maybe because the meat taste and smells like a womans vagina during menstration and she hasnt washed it in three days!!! hows that for an answer?

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