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How to rig whole, chunk, and strip baits for Trout and Salmon Surf Fishing

Surf fishing with whole, cut chunks, or strip baits made from bait fish will use any of the Basic Bottom Fishing Rig Setups. The bottom fishing setups used with bait should have a leader length of at least 3 feet with 8 to 12 pound test fluorocarbon leader. When targeting brown trout we will increase the leader to 5 feet with 6 pound test fluorocarbon leader material. The preferred base hook for bait whole, chunk, and strip bait fish is an Octopus style hook. When fishing whole of strip baits a second smaller size hook or treble hook is used as a stinger near the tail.

For safety reasons, do not wade the lake after dark.

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