WHAT TO DO upon arrival & BRING ON A TYPICAL OPTIONS TRIP
You will bring your own food and drinks. When you get to Pierpoint Landing, double park in the white zone and go get a dock cart. Load your cooler and other gear in the cart, and wheel it down to the boat which is on the main gangway. You are fine leaving your vehicle in the loading zone for 15 minutes or so. Transfer your food and drinks aboard the boat along with your gear. When you take your cooler back to your vehicle, stop in the landing office and get a parking token for the gated lot under the bridge. You can also purchase a fishing license in the landing office, if you have not done so already. For food I recommend Costco. They have many ready-made meals which are microwaveable. We have a toaster, microwave, electric skillet and a BBQ for your use. There are always condiments and spices aboard that you are welcome to use as well. Though the crew has frozen meals aboard - they always appreciate when the clients share!
What GEAR SHOULD WE bring along?
What fishing gear should you bring along on an Options Fishing Charter? The conversation below makes some very valid points - we will offer just a few more suggestions. For the most part; fishing equipment should match the targeted species and size of fish, the environment you are fishing in, and the type of fishing that your will be doing; i.e. surface, mid level water column, bottom, bait, lures, etc.
- RODS AND REELS
One of the most important aspects of successful fishing endeavors involves the condition of your rods, reels and line. There is nothing worse than losing a trophy fish due to neglected equipment or line failure. Prior to any fishing trip - you should make sure that all of your rods are in good condition; and that all of the guides are complete, undamaged and not corroded. Check all of your reels well in advance of any trip to ensure that all of the mechanical features function properly. If you have not had your reels serviced for many years; submit them to a qualified reel mechanic for service. In addition, if you have not changed your line for multiple seasons - now is the time to re-spool your reels. The advent of braided/spectra line reduces the frequency of reel re-spooling (among many other advantages) and comes highly recommended.
Options Fishing targets large and hard fighting fish; such as White Seabass, Yellowtail, Tuna and more. For this reason your primary outfits should consist of rods and reels that can carry 40 or 50 pound line capacity. These outfits can be used to fish the surface, mid level water column or bottom scenarios.
It is also a good idea to bring along a good middle of the road sized rod and reel outfit to target Halibut, Sheepshead, Lingcod, Rock Cod and other similar sized species. This outfit should consist of a rod and reel rated somewhere between a 20 and 30 pound line capacity. This particular outfit would also benefit from a higher gear ratio reel - which allows the reel to gather line more quickly in the case of deeper fishing scenarios.
Another popular target species on Options Fishing trips are Calico Bass. There are a dizzying plethora of outfits applicable for Calico bass fishing, but they basically all boil down to 2 styles. These 2 styles are casting and spinning outfits. We will not delve into the advantages or disadvantages of casting and spinning fishing outfits here and now. For the most part; this type of fishing is best accomplished with a medium to heavy 6 to 8 foot medium to heavy graphite rod (this is one preference, and the length assists in the casting process) whether fishing with bait or lures. As previously mentioned, a high gear ratio reel spooled with braided/spectra line is highly recommended in this instance.
For the beginning angler. the task of choosing the right rods and reels can be a daunting experience. Take some time and visit a reputable, well stocked and knowledgeable tackle shop and explain the type of fishing you would like to take part in. Any good tackle shop worth any salt should have the ability to offer a variety of rods and reels at different price levels that will suit your particular requirements and budget. Keep in mind the previous mentions in regards to braided/spectra line; while it does cost more than traditional monofilament - it is built to last substantially longer.
One other suggestion that we at Options fishing make is to purchase quality hooks. A good hook is worth it's weight in gold if it assists you in landing the fish of a lifetime. We highly recommend Owner hooks; due to their strength, sharpness and reputation for quality. We recommend bringing along the Owner style FLYLINER LIVE BAIT hooks in sizes 1/0, 2/0, and 3/0. These hooks will function well when using Sardines or other similar sized baits. For using squid or mackerel for bait, we recommend the Owner style AKI TWIST HOOKS in sizes 5/0, 6/0, and 7/0. As a general rule of thumb - Owner hooks do not bend, break, are high heat forged and are chemically and mechanically sharpened to razor sharpness.
In regards to lures; we will leave that subject to another conversation. A recent Google search for the word "lures" uncovered 28,100,000 results! The availability, volume and diversity of lures dictates an entirely separate discourse on this topic. Any well equipped tackle shop can offer a few suggestions if you desire to utilize lures for an Options Fishing charter trip.
- LINE AND LEADERS
For those anglers who own reels strung with braided/spectra line - we suggest that you bring along small spools of 20, 30, 40, and 50 pound monofilament and or fluorocarbon line for use as leaders. These leaders are attached to the end of the braided/spectra line via a line joining knot or a swivel; and are a necessity when fishing with hooks and weights with this type of line.
When you board Options, our knowledgeable crew will be more than happy to review the best tackle and fishing methods for the target species during your trip.
Kindly contact us via email or telephone to make your reservation at your earliest possible convenience.
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