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Surfcasting for salmon/cutthroat | Category: Fishing Talk

Fae Hime Blossom 3 weeks ago
#7125

Hi, I'm in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I recently moved into an area right by the sea and I was inspired by this site to try surfcasting. I have lots of gear from lake/river fishing (for bass and trout), but not much for saltwater.
My area is known for some good salmon runs, and I believe year-round coastal cutthroats. Right now, coho and possibly chinook and pinks should be swimminng against the shore, and cutthroats if I can find them. Can anyone shed some light on how to find them/gear to use? What's the minimum rod action and line strength I should use? My current daily rod is a medium/light Fenwick with a spinning reel spooled with 6lb fluoro, obviously not good for salmon but for the cutties would that be enough?

Thanks!

itsaboat 3 weeks ago
#7127

Yes, 6lb is to small. 15lb would be more like it.

A rod 10 to 12 foot with medium action.

Have a look at side cast reels like the Alvey. Just remember if you go with a side cast then you want a large stripper guide on the rod.

If you want to stay with a threadline reel (egg beater) then size 6000 (60) or larger.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Fae Hime Blossom 3 weeks ago
#7128

Cool thank you! Do you have any experience with techniques or finding them?