PORT ARTHUR — Lindy Bait Tamer: This is one I have had around my house forever but just now got around to spending some time with in the field. This is a soft, collapsible bait storage facility that easily hooks onto your wading belt or can be thrown out from shore. It provides 100 percent circulation and has a unique float and weight system that keeps bait submerged but easy to get to.
It has a velcro door for easy access and worked great all spring for me while I was out fishing with Black Salties.
Mike Iaconelli Combo: This super inexpensive combo geared toward young people proved super sensitive, yet it sported enough backbone for a good flounder hookset. I used Stren Fluorocast on it in 8-pound test and believe this is a great option for anglers seeking an inexpensive flounder finesse rig. Plus, it has Mike’s saying, “Never Give Up!” on the shaft to add a bit of inspiration
Nanofil: The new class of line from Berkley which I wrote about after ICAST 2011 has allowed me to catch many flounder in the last three years.
I recently had it rigged up on a long rod for making long, precision casts into a shallow area we could not reach from boat and also as we wrapped up our fishing from bank. I added a 15-pound fluorocarbon leader (and I don’t like leaders but it was needed due to clarity) and an 1/8-ounce jighead using the Sassy Shad. I was able to make casts at least 20 feet longer with this line than just the fluorocarbon. I have also used it extensively while fishing for crappie from the bank.
The ability to make longer casts makes a difference.
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