Author: Colby Uva
Kevin Nakada's Talk At The Fred Hall Del Mar Show
As someone who is new to Southern California fishing (coming from Miami on the East Coast). The whole idea of the surface iron is completely new to me. Over here people usually scoff at the idea of using a spinning reel. Fishermen in SOCAL have perfected casting conventional reels and can make impressive casts without backlashing.
To fish a surface iron (pictured below) you want to be using a conventional reel because of the consistency of the way the line comes onto the reel, allowing the surface iron to move in the water as it should.
While I will definitely be learning more about this technique it was refreshing to see someone on this coast with a spinning reel. Kevin is has been using spinning reels with great success especially when using a stickbait. This reminds me of our ambassador The Tree Guy who often uses stickbaits and spinning tackle to land big bluefin tuna very successfully.
How West Coasters Cast Conventional Reels
If you are from the West Coast you probably know a lot about casting conventional reels, but for those back on the East Coast, I thought this video by local skipper and tuna fishing legend Frank Lo Preste would give you a good idea about how people on the west coast cast with conventional reels so successfully. *Note Frank recommends practicing at home before heading out on the trip and that it is important to have wet line to practice.
Why A Stickbait May Illicit More Strikes From California Yellowtail
Motion Of A Stickbait In The Water
Kevin describes the motion of a stickbait in the water.
Motion For Working A Stickbait
Ideal Rod Length For Working A Stickbait
Why A Spinning Reel Is A Good Investment
Learn About How The Tree Guy Catches Bluefin Tuna With Stickbaits & Spinning Gear
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