Albacore Trolling Tips
Marlin Trolling Tips
Fluorocarbon Leader
La Paz
Shark Behavior
Baja Estero de Coyote
Thoughts On Trolling
She's Toast
Marine Stereo Installation
Fishing Chef
Fishful Thinking
Smoke on the water....
The PainInTheAss
Splashdancer
Long Beach Aquarium
Lure Rigging
Reel Maintenance
Outrigger Installation
Two Knots to Go
Morro Bay Albies
150# Yellowtail!
30# 'But on 8#
Fishing the Iron
Buying Used
Catalina's West End
Sharking
DFG Shark Program
Black Sea Bass
White Seabass!
Bottom Fishing Florida
Jack Attack Florida
48' Offshore Repower
Magging an Avet
Accurate Servicing
Combat Fishing
Motion Sickness
Fish Parasites
White Seabass!
Deep Water Rockfish
Halibut Tricks
Going for Mr. Cuda
Catalina Frontside
Swordfish & Lightsticks
Shark Conservation
Fishing The Wall
Captain Jeff Marsilio on White Sea Bass and Catalina Island
Seeker Seminar
Spectra Rigging
Max & Al
Dasher

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Fishermen's Journal

Articles From Fishermen Like You

The articles in this section are written by visitors of CharkBait, folks with some information to share.  Proving experience really is the best teacher, it's hoped that sharing these experiences are of aid to others.  If you have some smarts to share please consider offering your own contribution to the Journal.  You don't have to be the world's most polished writer (I prove that all the time).  But, you do have to offer something folks can use.   Be the first on your block (dock?) to make this list...  Besides the joy of helping others, you'll also get your very own free CharkBait hat or tee-shirt.  Send an email for info.

The Journal was first created back in the '90's. In June of 2013 the Journal section was moved to another web domain in order to free up some server space. Frankly, I was crashing the server with too many files, images, navigation links...  As a result of the migration to the Tackle Trader domain which I also own and have let slip away in terms of updating some of the auction and classified ad script (we were getting hammered by spammers...) a few of the links may be broken. Please accept my apology for any problems in this regard while I do some updating... Many of the articles go back in time, so please understand that content and some information may indeed be dated. We are always looking to add more info, new articles from visitors. If you'd like to contribute and be published please send me an email and we'll get the ball rolling. You can reach me by way of CharkBait, my email address is posted at the bottom of every page on that site.

I'd also like to take this time to thank those who have contributed over the years. Some of the guys have moved on, a couple gave up there boats or stopped fishing for the sake of their personal lives or family, a couple others have passed away, and one or two have dropped off the edge of the world and have disappeared...ah but what they've written lives on... And, many of the contributors are still good friends and supporters of CharkBait. To all, I extend my sincere thanks for the association we've had, and for your contributions! Without doubt, the internet introduced me to some wonderful folk, and some great times fishing with friends.

Thanks,

Mark Smith


Table of Contents
Tips and Techniques
General Interest
Destinations
Projects
Video


Newest Submissions

Video Files:

Please note, as of 2010 we're making use of our YouTube channel for video posting. The load time is much faster there than here. So, many of our videos below are also there, and it's an easier load. You can find us at CharkBaitUSA on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/CharkBaitUSA

 


 

Above is one of our YouTube vids, please visit our channel to catch more - about 50 or so now posted.


Fluorocarbon Leader

Testing fluorocarbon, diameter, break strength, stretch... Updated 08/29/09
Seaguar Premier & Blue Label, Blackwater, Hi Seas Quattro, P-Line evaluated.


Baja Estero de Coyote

Doug Pierson shares a favorite Baja California fishing hole. Baja like it used to be? This might be the real paradise down south.

 

Magging an Avet

Walt Galen shows how to add magnets to an Avet (or almost any) reel to slow down all that exceptional freespool...until your thumb becomes educated to the task.
 

Two Knots to Go

Brief video on the Palomar and Seaguar knot.  These are useful for attaching leader and hooks, will get you by on most fishing trips.
 

Lure Rigging

A brief how to on rigging up your trolling lures.
 

Shark Feeding Behavior

Chris Huff shares a brief synopsis of his study on shark feeding behavior.  Photography by Rob Fazio.
 

Accurate Boss Series Maintenance

BD shares some experience in maintaining your Accurate Magnum.

 


Morro Bay Albies - Trailer Boat Road Trip
Jim Lee takes his boat on the road to find the bite.  What's it take to blaze trails to a new launch?

Albacore Trolling Tips - Sevenstrand
Bob Hoose shares tips on the longfins

So.Cal./Baja Marlin Tips - Sevenstrand
Bob Hoose shares his spread

Trolling Tips - Ballyhood
Darrell Primrose provides some thoughts on trolling strategy

DFG Shark Tagging Program
(includes application material)
provided by John Ugoretz of the DFG
The Fishing Chef  - Recepies From a Pro
Charles Swift shares some simple recepies sure to bring salivation
Shark Conservation 
Keith Poe describes sharking, and things we can do to maintain our resource
Motion Sickness 
Paul Carnes, M.D. describes the causes and cures
Common Fish Parasites
Paul Carnes, M.D. offers some info sushi lovers will appreciate...?
Long Beach Tank - Aquarium Visit
Mark Smith
Combat Fishing - Can't we all just get along...
Mark Smith

Santa Catalina Island Fishing Spots

The Front Side - Part I
Yoshi Kawasaki shares some Catalina experience

Catalina Island - West End
Capt. Jerry Barber  describes fishing and visiting Catalina Island

Harbor Halibut Tips - L.A. Harbor
Tom Harmon suggests some close-in strategies and locations for halibut

150 Pound Yellowtail - 5 hours from Newport
Ben Jacoby teases us with an untapped resource in Kona
Fishing The Wall  - Breakwater Fishing - L.A./L.B. Harbor
Doug Guimond - Dorado Doug - provides info on an area any small boater can fish, and also catch some noteworthy fish.

 
Reel Fast - Bottom Fishing Florida
Guide Jim Klopfer shares some insight on catching bottom fish
 
 
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    Magging an Avet

    Walt Galen shows how to add magnets to an Avet (or almost any) reel to slow down all that exceptional freespool...until your thumb becomes educated to the task.

     
    Buying Used - Relative Costs of New Verses Used.
    Hermit shares experiences in used boat purchasing
48' Offshore Repower  - Nido Del Mar
 
Mark Capitano shares experience and research,  providing a framework for those considering the major task of upgrading power
She's Toast - Catastrophic Motor Failure
When an outboard says "no" -  Mark Smith
Outrigger Installation - Private Boat Project
Mark Smith, even a klutz can stick on some outriggers
Trolling with Tunes - Boat-Fi Installation
Mark Smith, even a klutz can stick on a radio
Basic Reel Maintenance - Penn Schematics
Mark Smith, yep, taking 'em apart isn't the problem...
 
Video
 
2009

 

Spectra Rigging - Making a Loop Connection
Windows Media WMV

Iphone/Ipod Mp4 Quicktime Player

Spectra Rigging - Making a Splice Connection
Windows Media WMV

Iphone/Ipod Mp4 Quicktime Player

Spectra Rigging - Sato Crimp System
Windows Media WMV Iphone/Ipod Mp4 Quicktime Player
Spectra Rigging - Standard Long Range Connection, Bimini to Reverse Albright
Windows Media WMV Iphone/Ipod Mp4 Quicktime Player
Setting the Drag on a Lever Drag Reel
Windows Media WMV Iphone/Ipod Mp4 Quicktime Player

 

2006 and well before

 

Two Knots to Go

Brief video on the Palomar and Seaguar knot.  These are useful for attaching leader and hooks, will get you by on most fishing trips.
 

Lure Rigging

A brief how to on rigging up your trolling lures.

2002...
Spectra Rigging
Spectra Knot Video, Chark got a new camera...now quite old and this is one vid that needs some updating...
 
 
 
White Seabass, Squid & Catalina
Captain Jeff Marsilio, skipper of the 6 pack "the old #7"

Club Meeting 03/19/02
 
Seeker Rods
Seeker Fishing Rods 
Club Meeting 01/22/02
 
Max and Al Talk Halibut
Lots of techniques, long load time, but well worth it if you're fishing the flatties
 
  • Trip Videos from years past...
Bluefin Tuna
 Windows Media File (WMV)
 
Guadalupe Island via Lethal Weapon
230 Mile Run to Guadalupe Island, Mexico
Fishing Aboard Captain Fred Leinweber's Luhrs
Windows Media File (WMV)
 
CharkBait Charter Videos
  higher quality file-type smaller file
9/14-18/02 Red Rooster III Red Rooster III
9/13-17/03 HiFi File 15MB LoFi File 8MB
2004 DSL or high speed Internet connection Dial-up Internet connection
2005 - BIG FISH

12 Minute Video Clip

2006 CharkBait RRIII Charter Video
2008 MPEG 4 file type Real Media format
2009 4 Day Higher Quality Windows Media File IPOD Compatible MPEG4 File
2010 6 Day Royal Polaris Windows Media WMV File
IPOD compatible mp4 file
2011 Red Rooster 4 Day WMV file - higher resolution
 
IPOD compatible MP4 file
Royal Polaris 6 Day IPOD compatible MP4 file
Red Rooster 8 Day -Coming soon...
     

 

 

 
 
 
 
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