The age old question for most surf fishermen. I can't swim so I can honestly tell you that I have spent way too many hours contemplating this question. Here are some pros and cons to help you figure it out.
This is probably what you should stick to.
- Pros - You don't have to worry about wearing PFD, you don’t need any special equipment, it's easy and affordable
- Cons - You are limited by technique, wind can be an issue, bait size is limited to what you can throw, and you can't get it out as far as other techniques.
Let's be honest. Who in their right mind wants to do this? Admittedly I have done it once or twice but it was during a tournament when money was on the line.
- Pros - You get to fish in rough conditions when all other bait deployment methods cannot be used
- Cons - C'mon, really? Everything about this is terrible
This seems to the norm for most shark fishermen. If you are targeting Bull Reds, just cast to them.
- Pros - You can deploy your baits as far as you feel comfortable going out
- Cons - Well, I can't swim, got dumped in water over my head and smashed out my tooth when a wave pushed the kayak into my face. Besides that, at some point a shark may bite your kayak while you’re on it (it really happens). I'm sure running into a pod of dolphin may prove to be nerve racking. Also, did you see that episode of river monsters where the guy died because a fish jumped out of the water and hit him in the head knocking him unconscious? Also, you’re in a boat, jumping waves with a blood trail behind you. Also, at Sharkathon X, a guy dumped taking a bait out and the bite leader wrapped around his neck and his 20/0 circle hook (with bait still attached) hooked him in the neck (he survived and drove himself to the nearest hospital 3 hours away). Also, if you kayak at night Satan himself will come from the depths and taunt your brain with terrible scary things. Kayaking sucks.
I hate kayaking
These things come from South Africa. Don't try the ones made in America, they don't work.
- Pros - You can deploy your baits as far as you feel comfortable going out. So far the fishermen that I know that use them have had few problems
- Cons - They take forever to get here and you'll probably have problems getting it through customs, it’s best to use these when you have an elevated platform. The signal is sometimes lost with loss of line-of sight. These things are expensive.
This pic was taken from the remote controlled boat as it was coming back in after dropping a bait.
The golden ticket
- Pros - Just about every aspect of these makes them an awesome choice
- Cons - They are so expensive and it seems that once you start having issues or drop them in the water, they are done. I think when I finally lose mine, I may cry. Partially because I just lost $2K and partially because I know I am going to spend another $2K to replace it.
I put the Just Bitten sticker on it so you know it's mine when you find it on the beach somewhere. I am not looking forward to losing this
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