« on: January 22, 2014, 01:18:56 PM »
1. Make a driving plan and stick to it:
a. "We’ll drive to MM 20 and start looking for a place to fish”
b. “We’ll fish at each stop for 15 minutes, and if the fishing is only so-so, we’ll move on”
c. One vehicle takes the lead, and he has the “scout.” The rest follow his lead.
i. Portable 2-way radios could come in useful here.
2. Make sure that every vehicle knows who has what recovery equipment, and where it is.
a. Who has the chains,
3. Bring seat covers.
a. Folks will be getting in and out with sand and saltwater on them.
4. Be prepared for the wind:
a. Back-up spinning or casting rods with lures.
b. Sand anchors for the tents.
c. A way to block the wind for cooking
5. Bring a back-up fly rod.
a. The saltwater can play havoc on reels, and can do some damage to rods.
b. And if the waves require you to use a sinking line, it would be good to already have it strung up.
6. Have a way to make the rods easily accessible.
a. A roof rack or other style of rod quick release holder is extremely important. You may have to jump out and start fishing within seconds of seeing the fish, or the bait.
7. Make sure you have footwear that is suitable to the surf.
a. Raw feet at the end of the day can make you dread the next day.
8. Set up camp during the day.
a. That way you can enjoy the sunset, and a cold beverage, in leisure instead of rushing around in the dark trying to avoid the vampires.
9. Spray down your clothes with pyrethrum
a. At night the vampires will come to any spot that has no wind.
10. Test your tent, hammock, sleeping bag, etc, before going down range.
a. Junior sized tents with an almost 6 foot person,
b. and hammocks that dump you on the ground have been known to ruin a trip.
More to follow,