Centerpin float fishing


proguide

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welcome, I decided to register for this forum. I have been browsing the board for a while now and decided to join. I just got into centerpinning not too long ago. I recently purchased a few floats from a custom maker. if interested here is where I got them from custom floats
 

Casting Call

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Raincatcher;n316812 said:
Since you told me you have been a fan of center pin fishing for years,I'm glad to see a discussion on it. Maybe we should talk to Anatolliy about a special section for it.
Thanks for opening up the discussion,alm21.
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Ok GreatOne! How about a special section Center Pin fishing. I use a Nelma L Russian reel. Tony
 

catphish

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my issue w getting stated CP'ing, is the lack of open space on local rivers. rarely am I in open enough space to whip around a 13ft fish slapper. I like the style of fishing, but fear investing and not really utilizing the gear.
 

Bake

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I'm looking for more direction. The nearest tackle shop is about 75 to 80 miles away, and it's called Bass Pro. They have rods and reels that I believe will work, but when I ask for advice, I get blank stares. The trout (California Put&Take) are planted in the irrigation tank/canal system. One canal in, 2 or 3 ditches out. By the end of the season, the Lake/tank has been drawn down about 70%. Little to no holdover from 1 year to the next.

In the spring, the "Fish & Game" will plant the trout at the boat ramp, and the Irrigation District will fill the canals. The canals where I fish are about 20 feet wide and about 15 to 20 feet deep. The flow is fast to walking speed just before they turn the water off.

The equipment I'm looking at is a rod by Lamiaglas (LX106MLSGH, 10'6"/6-12 lb., 1/8-5/8 oz.) Z11. The reel is Okuma (Aventa or RAW-1002) with a 50/50 load of 30 lb backing and 8 lb mono & 6 lb tippet. For weight, I'll be using 1/8 oz to 1/2 oz egg or bullet weights left over from my Large Mouth Bass days. The floats will be Thill or Aero-float.

What do you think?
 
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Casting Call

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Catphish.... and....bake! the longer the rod the better! Highsticking a direct line to ur float will give u a quicker hookset. In tight quarters, lock the reel down with ur thumb,strip line off the tip of ur rod,load the rod by holding by the hook shank then release it. Distance will be determined by how much u load the rod. The more line on the water will delay the hookset. Make sence? Good luck guys. To n y
 

Bake

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A few years ago (actually a lot of years) I would "Flip" a "Pig & Jig" 1/2 oz. to 1 oz. off the front end of my bass boat, while watching my depth finder, ducking under trees, and sterling the boat with the electric trolling motor. Sometimes I held over thirty feet of slack in my left hand and had over 10 feet hanging out of the tip of the rod to swing.
 
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Wallace cast, flipping, slingshot or false cast, they all work with center pin reels. Choose The cast that fits the water you fish!!! How many of you use a stripping basket with your center pin? Tony
 

Flyinfish57

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Been pinning for a couple years now, its a method that can be way fun and fulfilling at times. All my pin rods are just over 11ft. to help deal with the brush issue. I run 20lb. fly backing to 12lb. to whatever leader for steelhead, same backing but 20lb. mainline for salmon. I am a poor pin caster yet can put it where it needs to be. Releasing line on the backswing loads up the rod up and starts the spool up n away it goes. Med. action rod does alot of the work for me. Half ounce weight under a three quarter oz bobber on both setups, premium Izorline because I am an oldscool monofil guy. Also bearing upgrades on my reels helped alot for the task at hand. Pinning is about matching current speed along with some form of presentation which in my opinion is/can be quite effective. Nice to see a pinning post, am a complete addict to it these days, some salmon can equate to some form of an aquatic barroom brawl on pinning gear. Looking forward to more of it!
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Casting Call

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flyinfish 57 nice post and technics. I have been into cp for almost two years. So welcome to dark side. Considering getting rid of all my bug wands. Fly,Spey, and casting rods. All to much work 1:10 ratio. cp vs all other casting styles. Again stripping basket makes so much more easy. Anyone else try sb w/cp? Tony
 

Bake

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Been surfing E-bay looking for a starter Centerpin outfit. The Okuma, RAW-II 1002 with the line are about $110.00 (MSP $199.00 at Bass Pro Shop). I see where the reels run from $60.00 to $600.00. I know that the reels are important, but not $600.00 to me, important!

I noticed that most of the rods I have never heard of. Of course, I know the Echo, Fenwich, and Lamaglas. Any suggestions? Any Websites that support centerpin, and we need to support in turn?
 

Casting Call

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a reel is a reel,is a reel, is a reel! You retrive line with it!!! Casting a line is a style OFF of a reel. With that being said. Try using a mooching reel for entry level to center pinning. Diawa moocher runs about $40.00 on ebay. 10 foot rod of your desired wt. and target is up to you. GL Tony
 

Bake

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Really, moocher? I've got a couple or more. One Diawa with 18lb lead core, and one with 20lb Big Game. One Shimano Moocher +2000GT with 8lb mono. I use these for trolling, using spinning rods (Urly Stricks, Tiger Rods)...
 
Really! Gt 2000 is an excellent entry level and cheap. Take the reel apart,clean the the pin as well as you can,add some Rem oil. Spin the reel several times(10 times or so)see. If it free spools to your liking. The nice thing about a moochers is that some of them have drags. Tony
 

Bake

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Got a bottle of Break Free (CLP) and a lot of free time. May leave the 8lb on the +2000GT and see how it works when the irrigation district decides to refill canal and lake (Lake Yosemite ) I will be fishing this spring. It's not like these California Put & Takes will break 8lb main line with a 5X tippet...
 
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