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Have used kayaks before to launch baits from the beach but hate it when skates/small stuff grab your junk and you have to yak baits back out so gonna try something new. Bought some big crab pot floats and for you ex pier fisherman gonna run an anchor line thru the crab float, stick the anchor (about 300y out) then hook up a fighting rod to the anchor like you do on a pier and try to get a live bait out there as far as we can. Anyone ever try this before?? The purpose of the crab pot float is to keep the anchor line higher in the water. Ive tried running a float rig from the beach before the traditional way with a sputnik sinker but just cant get it out far enough with the surf and everything. would like your feed back thanks geo
 

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I have fished pin rigs for years. They are tough to use off the beach. If you are getting a lot of skates and small sharks, use bigger baits. ie, if rowing baits for cobia at the point, use a almost entire ocean bunker.

If you want to use live bait from the beach try using a kite. It will take a lot of hassle out of the whole thing.

But if you want pin rig, this is what we have done

1 find a high beach, like the hook at the point
2 you need calm seas, rough water seems to wash the bait back to the beach
3 don't use spitnik sinkers, get some good nail sinkers.
4 rig something on your truck to get that anchor rod as high as possible and use the longest rod you have. You need that line as tight and high as possible.
5 try everything you can.

Years ago we were really in to shark fishing from the beach, we had so much problems with the surf we built a "mast" out of PVC pipe and raised it about 30 feet in to the air with a release clip on it to keep the line out of the breakers, I actually worked pretty good.

Hope this helps
 
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