Terra Firma Tackle


Newport Beach, CA   TerraFirmaTackle.com

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Dedicated to innovating and pioneering new techniques and tactics for the sport of Landbased Fishing, particularly on the West Coast. Always looking for new ways to catch bigger and better fish from dry land.

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Fishing Report:
"Wilson!" Catalina Primitive Camping LBSF Style

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Nov-23

As the warm summer months start to fade from memory and the real bruiser grade fish start to make a showing in Southern California, it was time to make another voyage across the channel for a shot at something unique! Best Laid Plans: This trip had been in the planning stages for over a year...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 10/23/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-31

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: As the next high pressure moves in seeing some revitalization along the LA coast. Bait is still biting well, and the soupfin are in full swing in north LA. Rumors of some Sevens making a showing at the no...
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Fishing Report:
"Wilson!" Catalina Primitive Camping LBSF Style

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Nov-23

As the warm summer months start to fade from memory and the real bruiser grade fish start to make a showing in Southern California, it was time to make another voyage across the channel for a shot at something unique! Best Laid Plans: This trip had been in the planning stages for over a year...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 10/23/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-31

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: As the next high pressure moves in seeing some revitalization along the LA coast. Bait is still biting well, and the soupfin are in full swing in north LA. Rumors of some Sevens making a showing at the no...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 10/16/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-31

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: Little flash cool down this week seems to have mellowed the bite for our northern friends. No doubt there will still be fish hooked, but it seems like we may finally be in real fall mode, scattered bite...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 10/9/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-31

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: The bonito are still running, as are some soupfin for those that stick with the late season shark bite from the piers. The surf continues to hold the big ones, but the low pressure system that hangs overh...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 10/2/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-31

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: South LA continues to see bonito, as does the norther part of the county. Quite a few nicer fish are being hooked in the surf as well. Nothing over the 8’ range but still bruiser class toothy ones! A fe...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 9/18/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Oct-30

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Los Angeles County: South LA county finally saw some bonito! This is good! A few more nicer grade sharks were hooked in the LA area as well from the sand. Threshers continue to be around, but not in the volume we like to see...

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Species Profile: Banded Guitar Fish

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

Species Info:                 The Banded Guitarfish (Zapteryx exasperata) is one of only three members of the guitarfishes found in California and is the second largest of the three species. Easily distinguished fr...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 9/18/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: Hello? Anybody out there in the VC? Havent heard anything from our guys up north, but I assume the massive south swell and weed have driven them back from the coast yet again. Lets hope something starts happeni...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 9/12/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: Pretty much the same Radio Silence from the VC area as usual. Lets hope the fall weather wakes up some deepwater cow sharks for our boys from the north! Los Angeles County: South LA county has been hot! Quite a few...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 9/5/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: Unfortunately not much to report for the Ventura area. Seems like the action is starting to die down. Perhaps the recent south swell will bring some more action that direction, only time will tell. The good new...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 8/29/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: Ventura saw a couple more small threshers this week! Epic season for the boys up there who are putting in the time! Congrats my friends, keep it up! Los Angeles County: LA county limps along this year wit...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 8/22/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:Ventura County:Ventura continues to be dark as far as reporting goes. Rumors of the hammerheads showing up to the north are circulating! Get out there guys and give it a go! Los Angeles County:LA county has had steady bat ray action, with some...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 8/15/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Sep-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: Ventura pier finally started producing some juvenile threshers! These fish are smaller grade, 5-7â?? at the most, but still a blast for those willing to make the hike. The surf reporting has been down due to ...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 8/8/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Aug-13

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: VC has been quiet, big swell this week making it nearly impossible to soak casted gear on the sand. Drop baits are your best bet, but theres always a chance of a deepwater sevengill or something tooth...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 8/1/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Aug-01

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: VC continues to be slow, perhaps gearing up for an early fall bite as the summer winds down. Bait has been around on the piers and the occasional bottomfish is willing to play, but generally slow fishing h...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 7/25/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Aug-01

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report:   Ventura County: VC has been quieter than usual. Some of the surf guys are staying tight to halibut and other smaller fare but the shark action has been slow. Small swell and warm weather has made for nice fishing however and...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 7/18/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-18

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: Still lots of action out in VC! Threshers back at the piers, mostly smaller fish but still fun! The surf is back to normal, batrays and leopard sharks entertaining the local crew well enough to keep them coming back....

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Species Profile: Pelagic Stingray (Pteroplatytrygon Violacea)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-18

Pelagic Stingray Species Info: Pelagic Stingrays (Pteroplatytrygon violacea) are an usual, rare, but present species found in California waters as well as worldwide. It is a member of the Diamond Ray (Dasyatidae) family but is easily distinguished from its relatives by its ...

How To:
​Leader Material Choice For Landbased Game Fishing

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-16

Leader Material Choice for Landbased Game Fishing: The modern landbased angler has many choices when it comes to leader material, but there are four basic materials that come to mind when considering leader material: Fluorocarbon, Monofilament, Single Strand Wire, and Cable. Ea...

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Island Time : TFT Hawai'i Report

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

Island Time! TFT Hawaii Report!   Sick of the crowds back home in California, TFT decided to go hit the Hawaiian Islands for some much needed exotic hunting! Hurricane Fabio Crashes the Party: Thankfully there were no flight delays this trip, and all th...

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Species Profile : Giant Black Seabass (Stereolepis Gigas)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

Giant Black SeabassWARNING: Giant Black Sea Bass Are Protected in Most of Their Range. Do Not Intentionally Target These Fish. This Article Is Not Intended to Encourage Fishing For Giant Black Sea Bass Species Info:         &n...

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Species Profile : Pacific Angel Shark (Squatina Californica)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

Pacific Angel SharksSpecies Info:                Pacific Angel Sharks (Squatina Californica) are an unusual shaped shark that is uncommon is most of its range. Easily distinguished from any other shark spec...

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Species Profile: Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium Ventriosum)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

The Swell Shark Species Info:                 The Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) is one catshark found in California. These unusal little sharks can be found from Northern California to Baja and a...

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Species Profile: Spiny Dogfish (Squalus Acanthias)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

The Spiny DogfishSpecies Info:                 The Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias) is a relatively small member of the dogfish family and is common along the shoreline in most of its rather cosmopolit...

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Species Profile: Horn Shark (Heterodontus Fancisci)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-15

The Horn Shark Species Info:                 Horn Sharks (Heterodontus francisci) is a member of the bullhead shark family, and the only member that occurs in California. These fish can be found from Northern Ca...

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Species Profile: Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-12

Facts About Great WhitesNOTE: Great White Sharks Are Protected in Most of Their Range. Do Not Intentionally Target These Sharks. This Article Is Not Intended to Encourage Fishing For Great White Sharks Species Info:     &...

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Landbased Shark Fishing Bait Selection

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-12

Landbased Shark Fishing Bait Selection: One of the age old questions any shark fishermen gets is “What bait did you use?” While bait selection is just one piece of the intricate puzzle that is successful landbased shark fishing, it is a very important part of the equation. The foll...

How To:
Internet Killed The Radio Fish : A Cautionary Tale

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-12

Internet Fishing Etiquette Calling all….oops! As a kid, when offshore fishing there was always calls over the VHF radio speaking of fish on some distant numbers. I was always cautioned against trusting radio reports, but it was not until I grew old enough to run my own b...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Landbased Shark Report 7/11/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-11

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: Activity slowed down on the VC piers this week, but the sand action heated up! A nice sevengill as reported on casted gear in the Ventura area, a very welcome sign! Swell and weed are a bit of a struggle, but c...

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Species Profile : Leopard Shark (Triakis Semifasciata)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-06

Species Profile : Leopard Shark (Triakis Semifasciata)Species Info:     Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifasciata) are the second largest member of the dogfish family to be found in California and are common along the shoreline and in the bays in most of its range. Easily...

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Species Profile: Smooth Hound Shark (Mustelus Californicus)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-06

Species Profile: Smooth Hound Shark (Mustelus Californicus)Species Info:   The Gray Smooth-Hound (Mustelus californicus) is a relatively small member of the dogfish family and is common along the shoreline and in the bays in most of its range. These fish can be found ...

Fishing Report:
TFT Souther California Landbased Shark Report 7/4/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jul-06

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: Swell continues to stay manageable up in the VC, but the surf action has slowed. Aside from a few nicer rays the activity has been mostly slow. Threshers continue to make a showing at the local piers, at ...

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Species Profile: California Butterfly Ray (Gymnura Marmorata)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-29

Species Profile: California Butterfly Ray (Gymnura marmorata)  Species Info:   The California Butterfly Ray (Gymnura marmorata) is a uniquely shaped ray occasionally caught in Southern California. Most Butterfly Rays caught by anglers are fairly small,...

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Species Profile: Bat Ray (Myliobatis Californica)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-28

Species Profile: Bat Ray (Myliobatis californica) Species Info:    Bat Rays (Myliobatis californica) are one of the hardest fighting fish available to the landbased angler in Southern California. A member of the eagle ray, the Bat Ray is identifiable by...

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Species Profile: Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatos Productus)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-28

Species Profile: Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) Species Info: The Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus) is of only three members of the guitarfishes found in California and is easily the largest of the three species. Easily distinguished from its relativ...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Landbased Shark Report 6/27/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-28

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report June 2018: Ventura County June Shark Fishing: The swell and weed have finally slowed down enough to let the surf guys fish seriously, and that has led to some nicer fish caught! Sevens still on the men...

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Species Profile: Sevengill Shark (Notorynchus Cepedianus)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-27

Species Profile: Sevengill Shark (Notorynchus cepedianus)                 The Sevengill Shark (Notorynchus cepedianus) is one of the largest and most sought after sharks in Southern Califo...

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Species Profile: Soupfin Shark (Galeorhinus Galeus)

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-27

Species Profile: Soupfin Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) Species Info:                 The Soupfin Shark (Galeorhinus galeus) is one of the largest houndsharks, a family that includes the Leopa...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Landbased Shark Report 6/20/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-21

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County: Swells and weed continue to plague the northern reaches of So-Cal. Guys are getting out and getting bit over the Father’s Day weekend. Nicer grade 7-Gills hit the sand on the kayak drop baits and th...

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Hook Selection For Landbased Shark Fishing: The Basics

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-16

Hook Selection for Landbased Shark Fishing:   You May Have Heard The Phrases Below Regarding Hooks ... Time To Get More In Depth“J hooks are better because they hook fish wherever they can stick”. â€śCircle hooks are better because you don’t ...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Landbased Shark Report 6/13/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-14

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report Ventura County Shark Fishing Report: Giant swells and weed have led to very difficult fishing, as per usual. Not much to report this week, a few scattered rays but nothing major going down in the VC. I you try anyway, be prep...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Landbased Shark Report 6/6/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jun-07

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report JUNE 2018:     Ventura County June Shark Fishing: Mellow swell and less weed have led to better fishing! A few batrays are being caught, along with the occasional leopard shark. Smaller baits, ...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Landbased Shark Report 5/30/18

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-May-30

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County:  Word from the VC is that the south swell has laid down considerably, but an influx of grass and weed has resulted making fishing tough. Those that can get baits out are still hooking up, thin...

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A Rare Treat : Exotic Baits Bring Exotic Catches!

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-May-24

El Nino Visit to Southern California: Tuna Crab    Fishing is an amazing sport. In the pursuit of their quarry anglers are exposed to the unpredictable and at times amazing nature of the ocean and nature itself. While sometimes this can mean fantastic catches, other times it...

Fishing Report:
TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report 5/23/2018

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-May-23

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County:  Swell and rip has returned to haunt out VC contacts. If you can keep baits out you can probably manage to score a bite or two, but time is better spent commuting farther south for some of the LA coun...

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Landbased Shark Fishing California Style – Beach Drops

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-May-20

Landbased Shark Fishing California Style – Beach Drops While most landbased shark fishing in California consists of casting baits and slide baiting, there is small but growing group of anglers doing things a little differently. Taking a page out of the Florida and Texas...

Fishing Report:
TFT Weekly Landbased Shark Report 5/14/2018

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-May-16

TFT Southern California Weekly Land Based Shark Report: Ventura County:                 Nice weather and unusually low surf has made for usually easy fishing up in VC. Quite a few Sevengill sharks are chewing...

Fishing Report:
TFT Goes Back East : Florida Report

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Apr-30

TFT Goes Back East :Florida Report! While the fishing was slow out West in California, Terra Firma Tackle took the opportunity to head back East in search of some toothy denizens of the deep! Wind (as usual) in the Keys! After extensive flight delays on account of weather, we ...

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Casted Baits: The Basics

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2018-Jan-24

Pier Casted Baits: The Basics (SOCAL Edition) In previous articles we have discussed the tactic of “Slidebaiting”, a unique way of fishing that does not involve any actual casting of the bait. However, there are certain scenarios in which slidebaiting is not the correct...

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Fantastic Pelagics: Landbased Thresher Sharks

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2017-Dec-07

Fishing For Threshers From Land (SOCAL) Springtime in California means different things for different people. For a certain community of anglers in California, spring means one thing: Thresher Sharks. While many anglers take to the high-seas in California's massive fleet of sport boats, a se...

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Slidebaiting: The Basics

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by: Terra Firma Tackle

Posted On : 2017-Dec-05

Fishing For Sharks Off Of California Piers By Slidebaiting There is no disputing that the home of Landbased Shark Fishing is on the East Coast. Places like the Florida Keys, Miami, and the Outer Banks dominate the scene undisputedly with heavy tackle and kayak-d...

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