How to Surf Fish: The Point in Hatteras, North Carolina

How to Surf Fish: The Point in Hatteras, North Carolina

You nervous about taking the truck, Dad? On the sand? [Dad:] Huh, what? [Brendon laughing] Excuse me! [Dad:] Ha, what? [Dad:] Dust.
[B:] Are you worried about the truck in the sand? Uncle Bill is filling up the gas. [Erin:]–Taking out the air, not filling up the gas. [B:] Oh, that’s what I meant. Uncle Bill is taking out air. [Dad:] Say we won’t get stuck. [B:] We wont get stuck if we– if we do it correctly! There’s a chance, but I don’t think we will. … well if you don’t like it, we don’t have to do it again tomorrow. [Dad:] Tomorrow will be longer? Driving? [B:] Um, I think shorter. This is pretty soft. Your–your truck is definitely truckin’ through. [Erin:] Just truckin’. [B:] Woah–woah! What’s going on, guys? We’re here in North Carolina, fishing the surf for some big red drum, big gator blues, um, and I’ve got a special rig to show you. Check that out. That’s it. It’s a really simple rig, and basically, it’s a fish finder rig, except it gets stopped off right here, so it doesn’t keep going up, and it’s got a really short leader line. This is really great because you are able to cast out really far. Usually, when I use fish finder rigs, 1) I don’t have this on here, and 2) this line is usually this long. Right? and when it’s this long, it’s hard to cast it out because it starts to helicopter, I’m sure some of you have experienced that, Today, I’m here–today I spent the, basically entire day just watching the locals here, learning about the rigs, learning about the different baits they like to use, and uh, everyone is using a very similar rig to this. Actually, my friend–someone I met on the beach here, Santosh, he showed me how to tie this, and if you’re watching this, Santosh, thank you, I really appreciate it. It starts with a shock line, it goes to a barrel swivel, to two–to a bead right here, fish finder with an eight-ounce sinker, and another bead, and this bead is there so that it will not get damaged the knots right here will not get damaged from the sinker weight. I’ve got a 6/o hook on here, which is small, compared to the ones the guys here are using, um, we’ve seen some pretty big fish pulled out of here, um… I’m not sure if I’ll be able to land a fish today. I’m just going to let you guys know that right now. It-it’s not… It’s not like I can go here, cast my line out, land a big fish, it’s a learning process, you know? Everybody is – we’re here on this Earth to learn, we’re here, fishing, to learn and experience the wonders of nature, um, if anything, we’re going to show you a spectacular– there’s going to be a bunch of people catching some really big fish. For-for rods and reels, and line, um, I was a little confused at first, I came here and everyone’s using these really, really long rods, they call ’em– what do they call them? They call’em heavers. Heavers are around 12′- 13′ feet and they’re able to cast eight-ounce weights, which is what you need to be able to cast over here. So my rod of choice today–I did not have, um, I don’t have a heaver. I plan on getting one because they look so cool, um, but I’m using my Dad’s cool rod, he’s got a G Loomis, this is one of the old ones, Surf Series, it’s a 10’6″ heavy rod, doesn’t really feel to heavy, I like the action on this. Um, and I’ve got that paired with my hand-me-down, um, daddy gave me a Shimano Stradic and I’ve been using this for years now, it’s been great, it’s been working really well, I’ve got 30 lb. braid on here and 40 lb. shock leader. Now, if you guys don’t know what shock leader is, we just made an episode about what a shock leader is, we went to a bait shop called On 12, right next to this spot, and he showed us how to tie a shock leader, taught us why it’s important to throw a shock leader, um, a basic summary is you want a shock leader because if you’re throwing over and over and over again, heavy weights, it’s gonna wear down your line. A shock leader is there so that it can absorb some of that pressure off of your line. Um–
[Erin:] We’ll link that right up here, bloop, there it is. How do you feel, are you nervous? [Brendon:] I am not feeling nervous, I’m feeling calm and ready. [Erin:] Good. [Brendon:] But– There’s vomit on my sweater already. [Erin:] Stop it.
[Brendon:] It’s probably Mom’s spaghetti. So, the bait of choice around here is either mullet, or tuna belly, and this chunk of meat cost me ten bucks… uh, this is a very fresh cut, it was not frozen, and what he said is you don’t need a big old chunk, Oh. This should be more than enough for those big– which is surprising, you’d think they’d want to eat a big thing, but around here, this size works just fine. [He’s going the wrong way!] Little bluefish. It went tap, tap, tap, tap, tap! [Erin:] Tap, tap, tap? This is why I tie with 100 lb mono, ’cause I’m going for red drum, you don’t necessarily need 100 lb, but there’s a lot of bluefish out there too, mono is good for abrasion. [Erin:] Right. Whereas braid will just snap right off. It’s like, the same four guys who just keep landing these, trophy after trophy after big fish after big fish after big fish, and it makes it seem like it’s easy, but they know something that we don’t know. They know where the hole is, and I seem them, they’re casting it way out there, they’ve got these huge, fifteen-feet heavers, these really long rods that are able to cast it so far, and you don’t see many people using spinning reels, mostly, everyone here is using uh, conventional reels, um, my buddy told me that that’s because that’s how it allows them to cast so far. [Erin:] So you can’t get your bait out far enough? [Brendon:] I can’t get it out far enough. There’s a shoal out there. If you can cast past that shoal, that’s the jackpot. If anybody needs help with surf fishing or salt water fishing, pier fishing, um, we have a store, specializing in helping beginners learn to catch fish, it’s in the link in the description below. That was a blast, it was a– it was definitely something awesome to witness [Erin:] Yeah. Um, but let me say this, I was not prepared with my gear, I had my gear for Virginia Beach, nothing hea–no–I didn’t have my big, long rod to sling it out there far, um, but like I said, even if I had that, I don’t know if I’ll be one of these guys catching all the fish, it’s the same 4, 5 guys one after another after another, and they’re doing something different. Um, this is because they’ve been fishing here for a long time, they know they holes, they know how to work– they know how to work their rod, they know how to catch the fish. So I was not able to hook up to a fish, but that’s okay, you know why? Because I learned exactly how to do it, I came out here, I saw all the locals doing it, I learned their rigs, I saw what kind of rods and reels they’re using, so next year I’m coming back, I’m smarter, I’ll be wiser, and I’ll be ready for them! Thank you guys for watching, I hope you enjoyed watching all the other huge fish come out of the water, ’cause I know I did, I spent a lot of time just talking to them, didn’t spend too much time fishing, um, and I think that’s important, if you’re getting to a new spot, you don’t wanna just– you don’t– diving right in is one thing, but you should observe, watch, listen, learn. If you like out show, uh, think about subscribing, if you subscribe, push that little notification bell and if you’re already subscribed, thank you guys! We’re going to keep putting out awesome stuff for you guys, um, let us know in the comments below what you want to see next. See ya!

99 thoughts on “How to Surf Fish: The Point in Hatteras, North Carolina

  1. Not long rods. Standard gear for most of the world. You would need thereapy if you walked into a uk tackle shop. Your long rod would also not have the power for 8oz lead. The rods these lads are using would of been powerfull long rods designed for heavier leads.What would be known in the uk as mixed or rough ground rods.
    Cant understand you using using 100lb main line but on 30lb leader. Should be other way round!! Ylu would of got more distance using lighter line and heavier shock leader and also be safer.
    If using 8oz lead you nead 80lb leader. Basically 10lb leader for every ounce of lead. Dangerous to be using such light leader especially with it being so crowded (which looks like hell to me) I dont like it when an angler if 50 ft away from me let alone 5ft

  2. Great vid. My nephew fishes at Cape point a lot. He has more than one Hatteras Heaver. That is what you need. I go at least once a year to the OBX but have never fished at Cape Point because there are so many people.
    I've caught a lot of those big drum but I catch them in Pamlico Sound and Neuse river and Pamlico river from a boat. If you don't have a boat there are guides that can really put you on them. July, August, September and even October if it doesnt turn cold too early. Trouble is, you have to throw them back if they are over 27 inches. The slot is 18 to 27. You can keep one. They are excellent table fare. I like to blacken them. Google it.
    All of your ideas and reasoning were pretty much right. You just need a Hatteras Heaver.

  3. This is awesome I have lived here in buxton my whole life and have been subscribed to your channel for a while now then I see this so cool you guys were here!

  4. nice bull reds. It's a lot easier to learn nowadays with youtube. I think of all sorts of questions during the day & 2-3 clicks, boom I'm a KB pro.

  5. Hay freins i love realy your channel, i love feshing i wont to ask you to help me to have some matériel feshing think you for jour help i will send you my adress if you wont to help me thnx let god bless you..

  6. thats a lot of people close together.. What are the chances of your line getting hooked up to someone's line?

  7. horrible place to fish. How can you enjoy yourself with all those other fishermen so close. This is why i hate fishing charters as well as piers

  8. It took me years to learn to cast like that, lots of time with just a weight on the line. And lots of cut it all off birds nests. Cheapest set up that's good is diawa sealine x 30 sha and like a 12' Penn prevail. That's a good starting rig, after that its all about the pendulum cast and practice. You'll be in there in no time. Also no braid just mono 17-20 lbs and a 50 lbs shock leader. Hope this helps you out

  9. I suggest you get a surf rod from South Africa. Those rods in your video looks cumbersome and uncomfortable.

  10. I agree with other comments that it's not appealing (and probably not very smart) to crowd into a pack of anglers all concentrated in a very small area. I really don't understand that mentality. I like to get far away from everyone else so I can relax. Also, when so many lines are in the water so close to each other, there's a very good chance of lines crossing which means lines get tangled with other lines and it also means lost fish that otherwise could have been caught.

  11. That is a ridiculous amount of people fishing in such a small space. That would cause fights I'm sure. Not a very relaxing way to fish.

  12. Those big drum are full of worms they are photo fish only. You are sounding like a little girl walk the fuck out their and cast out past the shal

  13. Sir, you do realize that you are defeating the "fish finder idea" by tying that second swivel
    I assumed you knew this,, bhut I will say it,, with the regular fish finder rig when the fish picks up the bait and starts to swim away it does NOT feel the weight of
    the sinker,, with your 'new" system the fish will after it swims 18" the weight of the sinker and will know something is very wrong and spit out the bait
    I am going to guess that in this close to the other guy fishing there will be lotes of crossed lined if you use the fish finder the way it was meant to be

    so , right in order to avoid arguments and fights this sysytem was developed , but still you are sabotaging the fish finder concept and thus going to lose fish

  14. Awesome channel! Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    I really appreciate your info on surf fishing as most people dont have access to boats

  15. Winner of a video, I've been looking for "pvc surf fishing cart" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Wenayden Xenaylee Blaster – (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my brother in law got great success with it.

  16. Can you reply the coordinates of this fishing spot? I’m new to surf fishing and want to take a trip there next month.

  17. Hope to get there in September and use my kayak if the breakers aren't too big and fish for Spanish and Kings. However if a red drum happens to hit, that would be just great. I know the reds head into the sound then to spawn but taking one is just for bragging rights since the must be released.

  18. That dude with the purple an green rod is Nick walks, he custom builds heavers. I bought a 12 ft. Off him.

  19. Funny this dude and his girl(who his retarded butt ain't asked to marry him yet) are giving surf fishing lessons when they dont know squat themselves besides what google says…lol

  20. I had two 12 footers for almost 20 years. I never put anything on it more than 2 ounces. You said 8 OUNCES?! WOW! ok gonna try that. I do sling the 2 ounce pretty good though.

  21. That lil kid in the video is my friend Shawn Stack's son look him up he was in the newspaper recently. Alot of my friends were in this video. We all fish in Sandbridge Va Beach Little Island Pier you should come do a video here of us fishing for Cobia…

  22. Me and my family are actually going down to the outer banks in the in the beginning of September and id just like to know about you whole rig, how much did your rod and reel combo cost? Can you put a 100lb mono on a basic 10ft surf rod? Ive got a 10ft 2-piece sea striker medium heavy rod with a salt striker open face reel that only goes up to 20lb test.

  23. We hit the bull red run in Sept/Oct off Mustang Island, Texas; love it. Do you like those frog tongue sinkers, do they hold as good as spider weights?

  24. just found your channel yesterday. after about 5 videos, the consistently positive attitude and the sharing of knowledge is really refreshing. skipper and his girl are a welcome addition to my subs and regularly viewing. Keep it up and thank you sincerely.

  25. Use Bunker heads if you can find it down there. Tica makes a good starting Heaver. I had one and loved it. I have a Diawa now with a Sealine reel. Good luck. I'm in Stuarts Draft Virginia

  26. That Old G. Loomis is the as the one I bought judging by the wiggle in yours it's a MF Action 10' 6". Mine is a spinning HF Action 10' 6" Gary loomis from mid 2000s. I married it to a Shimano THUNNUS 1600f Bait Runner. I have never broken either one or had too send for repairs. 14 years old I fish northern California coast line rocks, Rocky outcrops and 40ft bluffs.

  27. I'm gonna marry my old Shimano THUNNUS 16000f baitrunner to a new Okumas 12ft. Longitude HF spinning rod. I hope for another
    14 years from my Shimano. I named my old Loomis and Shimano combo. Prescious and the black beauty.

  28. HEY SKIPPER. You look like a little sriacha bottle hot sauce top with that little green turning on and tiny pole.
    Hell yeah you got one.

  29. Iam learn english and fishing, thank you, iam Brazilian japanese, iam living in Chiclayo Perú, cold water of pacific ocean..,have biggers fishers hear 😁.

  30. That's a very heavy sinker for your line and rod. Why not go 5oz with grabbers or anchors. You can get a more controlled and further toss out without breaking your line or rod tip and losing your rig.

    The extra weight puts a lot of strain and stress on the line running through the guides as well, stressing and even breaking guides or cutting into them.

    With regard to rods used in heavy surf and rigs needing to be cast out far, 12-15' heavy action is required. The main reason is to keep your line far above the water when in the standing position, preventing the waves from pulling the line and if there is any weed or debris, it won't get caught and ride up your line, dragging down the line catching more weed, then breaking your anchor and sending your gear drifting wild and into other people's lines. Also, you can cast futher and with a longer butt, you can have better leverage to chuck the butt against the inside of your thigh and keep your rod up while holding tension on your line. Let the rod tip do the work with the aid of the drag.

    You also want a powerful reel with at least 40lbs of drag and lots of line capacity. Selecting the right spanning reel will work but some people think conventional reels serve them well.

    It's also ridiculous how many people are on that beach standing shoulder to shoulder. That results in a lot of tangled lines, non productive time and or fights for a spot. Just find another place to fish in peace.

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