Hobie Fishing Kayaks-General Tips for Choosing the Right Kayak

Ocean City Kayak DealerLooking to purchase a Hobie kayak for fishing or recreation? There are many factors to consider when buying the proper kayak for for your specific needs.  We have a nice selection of Hobie Kayaks (and other name brands) at our Ocean City, NJ  store, and a very professional and experienced staff to help guide you through the process. That being said,  the following general tips may help you get started :

Hobie Kayak Buying Tips


1. Take a trial run with as many as you can before you make your purchase. ( We offer great deals on rentals)
2. For best performance & safety, pay attention to weight capacity ratings.
3. A comfortable seat & quality paddle will help make the experience more pleasant.
4. Check out some review sites on your narrowed down choices.
5. G6. Consider how you’re going to store and transport your kayak: Note: Longer kayaks are a little more difficult than shorter kayaks.
6. Find your kayak sweet spot.  Generally, longer kayaks are quicker but less maneuverable. Shorter kayaks are more maneuverable, but not best for longer distances. Wider kayaks are more stable but slower on the water. So find your individual taste.

Overall, Fin-Atics.com has years of experience renting and selling kayaks in the Jersey Shore area. Feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have on how to choose a kayak.

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Choosing Your Hooks for Saltwater Fishing

Ocean City Fishing TackleChoosing a hook for saltwater fishing isn’t always the easiest. When it comes to choosing the size and shape of your hook, there are some important things to know. There are a wide variety of hooks for every fishing style, so it’s likely to be an ongoing learning process as you change your fishing techniques and types of fish.

You can use a small hook to catch a wide variety of fish. For example, a number five size hook can catch fish from a quarter pound to 25 pounds. However, angling and landing that number 25 fish, when using a small number five hook, requires careful and expert angling, or landing with a net.

Choose brand name hooks that are well known and proven to be of great quality. There are also many of other name brand hooks that work even better than Eagle Claw and Mustad. Ask your fellow fishermen what they use. Retailers often push what they either make the most profit from or they are trying to push overstocked items.

Different lengths have different purposes. Short shank hooks are good for their strength and long shank hooks are easier to remove. The short shank hook, by design, is more durable and will not straighten out or break easily. In areas with many coral heads or a drop off, use a strong, short shank hook, heavier lines, and always keep the line taut with the fish on. Instead of forcing the landing of a fish in these conditions, an alternative is to let a big, strong fish tire itself in the deeper water and reel it in in the shallow, line breaking area, after it is no longer putting up a hard fight.

If you are in the Cape May County NJ area and are looking for great quality fishing hooks, bait, or other tackle, come check out Fin-atics in Ocean City NJ! You can also check us out at our website.

How to Choose a Saltwater Fishing Rod

Ocean City City Saltwater Fishing RodsMany people looking to buy a saltwater fishing rod at Fin-Atics in Ocean City, NJ simply show up and pull the first rod that catches their eye off the rack. Others search the Internet for the best deals on rods.  So how does one choose the right saltwater fishing rod?  Besides asking for some of our expert advice on the subject, here are some basic saltwater fishing rod facts that you need to know before purchasing a rod:

Ocean City Inshore Fishing

Inshore fishing means relatively shallow water and relatively small fish – under 20 pounds for the most part. So, you need a rod that can handle a good size fish, but not one that weighs so much you can’t even fish with it.

CastingCasting rods are used with conventional reels and can be used with lures or bait for light bottom fishing. They also accommodate floats and are good for free-lining live bait.

SpinningSpinning rods can usually do the same things that a casting rods does, they simply use a different reel – a spinning reel. Spinning equipment can cast a lighter lure and is not subject to the backlash problems that an inexperienced angler encounters with a casting reel. This is a good choice for a beginning angler.

Bottom Fishing – Either casting or spinning rods can be used for inshore bottom fishing. The water depth, current, and amount of weight required to get a bait to the bottom helps dictate which size rod to use.

Fly Fishing – If you are reading this and you are a beginning fisherman, fly fishing may be the last thing on your mind. But, inshore saltwater fly fishing is extremely popular. If you do plan a first time purchase of a saltwater fly outfit, go with a prepackaged complete outfit in a 6 to 8 weight range. This is a good midrange starting point – heavier weights are for larger fish (Tarpon, big stripers, etc.), lighter weights are usually found in freshwater applications.

Ocean City Offshore Fishing

Trolling – The majority of trolling rods are built for conventional reels. While heavy spinning gear is sometimes used trolling, conventional tackle is by far the most popular. These rods are usually labeled by line class. The IGFA 30, 50, and 80 class reels match up with the appropriate rod. These rods are usually an investment – they can cost that much. It is not unusual to pay over $1000 for a complete outfit. However, there are some good rods that can be combined with good reels that can come in under $200 for the package.

Bottom Fishing – These are the “meat” rods that many anglers have used to catch loads of fish. They are heavier and stiffer than a trolling rod, generally longer than a trolling rod, and are able to stand up to the abuses that a big fish can give them.

Fly Fishing – Fly rods that are used offshore are built for punishment. These are the heavier outfits that have large arbor reels (reels that hold lots of line) and come in weights from 9 to 12. These are very specialized rods for a very specialized type of fishing.

Surf FishingSurf rods are another specialized category. They are made for both spinning and casting reels – the choice is more dependent on angler preference than anything else. These rods are from 9 to 12 or 14 feet in length. They are designed to allow for super long casts that can get a bait out beyond the breakers on the beach. The rod size is also determined by angler preference, and usually means longer, heavier rods when looking for bigger fish.

Pier Fishing-Almost any inshore rod, including surf rods, can be and are used from piers. Once again, angler preference, casting distance, and fish size will dictate the rod type and size.

Over all, under standing  the kind  of saltwater fishing you are interested in doing will determine the kind  fishing rodsto use. At Fin-Atics, we carry the top of the line in saltwater fishing rod gear, from G-Loomis rods to Shimano and others, we have what you are looking for

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