***We were missing two of our regulars, Theresa and Alice, but welcomed two new faces, Julia and Sue.***
The Peacock Assassin:
Second on the safety priority list was sunscreen. No surprise there! I attended a ladies fishing seminar several years ago in Stuart and the off-shore charter boat captain said, "Ladies, if you want your face to look like mine, don't wear sunscreen." He need say no more!
Line Selection - Pros & Cons
Monofilament: Con - stretches very easily which can cause you to lose fish more often.
Con - it is easily damaged (from oyster bars or fish teeth) and may need frequent trimming.
Con - if it sits on the reel too long, it tends to hold that spiral form as it comes off.
Pro - it's pretty inexpensive compared to braid or fluorocarbon, which is good on the pocketbook.
Pro - adequate for most inshore recreational fishing. "fishing for fun"
Pro - any fish you can catch on braid and fluorocarbon, you can also catch using monofilament.
Pro - it floats easily so is great as a leader line for top-water lures.
Braid: Pro - has no stretch at all so feeling a 'fish-on' is almost instantaneous.
Pro - because it is thinner than the other two lines, more of it can be spooled onto a reel.
Pro - has become the most popular of all three lines.
Pro - lasts longer so there is less re-spooling.
Con - it's not cheap.
Con - it has a tendency to collect wind knots.
Fluorocarbon: used mostly as leader line
Pro - has very little stretch, so again, tied to braid line, it's easier to feel a hook-up.
Pro - it's much more abrasion resistant and doesn't have to be trimmed as often.
Pro - it's practically invisible under water so not as obvious to the fishies down there.
Con - it's expensive, so is typically used by serious anglers who are willing to spend a little more .
Braid Line & Wind Knots
Basics of Popping Corks
Best popping cork out there!!
Bert handed out some really great information on popping corks for a little 'quiet time reading' as he called it. Popping corks come with beads and weights. Once this unit is tied to the line, the colored beads should be on top of the cork and the brass weight should be below the cork. Popping corks are designed to imitate the sound of a shrimp 'popping' its tail as it propels itself through the water - attracting predatory fish (trout, reds, jacks, etc.) If you have a crafty nature about you, you can easily make them yourself. The beads and brass weights 'pop' against the cork as you jerk your rod from time to time. Trout are especially attracted to the sound it makes.