- Mar 13, 2008
- staten island, new york
Best and simplest hand line I've seen is a coke bottle; commonly used by deck hands and kids in Baja for catching bait and Sierra. The neck is the handle, and the "hour glass" shape holds the line, allowing it to slip off for easy casting. Cost: free, if you drink soda, plus line and hooks. By the way, old sailor, the Sierra is of the croaker family, the Pacific version of the atlantic weakfish, and the fish of choice for ceviche. I also use a 4', one piece rod for saltwater that will handle 20# line easily, with lots of spring to it- you don't power a fish around to the front of a sea kayak, you have to finess it.... hand rolling with a fish on is problematical...