Hangler, surfcasting is a special sport. It is available to anyone with limited outlay. No $2500 torpedoes with $2000 dollar winches for us. Simply a rod and reel as best you can afford. An adventurous nature and a will to be successful. If you need to run a torpedo to catch your fish then fine, go ahead but dont have a go at me if I tell you that you should be able to catch all you want with five hooks. How many fish do you need anyway? Surfcasting is a lot more than just catching fish! Its about the people you will rub shoulders with and the wonderful places that it will take you to. We are very lucky here in New Zealand that we can still enjoy good fishing at times and very good fishing on occasions. My wife and I have both caught snapper over 23lb from shore in Hawke Bay in the last 12 months. Does it get better than that? We are just pleased the torpedo fishers missed those ones.
Elitist? I dont know about that. Try joining a club and enjoy the friendship and challenges that may offer. Its not all about competition, but it could be if you want it to be. Its about learning more about the ocean, about fish and about yourself. Have you ever tried casting on the grass, have you been to a club xmas party, have you ever taken part in a club fish together where we learn from each other? Have you ever buddied up and driven down a new dirt road to a beach you have never seen before? These are all the things you can get from joining a club.
If you dont agree with the ideas of an established club then by all means start your own with your ideas. But make sure you join the NZACA. After all they are the "Big Daddy" of all surfcasters.
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