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    Default Waders in Saltwater?

    I want to do some surf fishing, but dont know if I want to wear my Neoprene waterfowl waders in the salt water. I know people wear neoprene in the salt every day, but I think I might just buy a pair of cheap azz waders from Big5 for the surf.
    I guess I answered my own question haha

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    Make sure you have a belt around the top to keep them from rapidly filling with water and maybe a lifejacket. If you get sucked into the surf with waders on and they fill with water, the rescue unit will be looking for your body

    I think if your wash them off when you are done fishing, you should be fine.

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    A belt for sure and I strongly suggest a flotation vest. Down south not a problem so much but here you have 50 ft rogue that have been killing people in the surf forever. Bootfoot waders might work better if your doing a lot of surf fishing. Sand gets in between your shoes and stockingfoot and starts wearing holes. You'll drastically cut the life of your waders down. The salt doesn't hurt anything. I wore a pair of neoprenes in the Salton Sea for 5 duck season with no issues. Just hose them down afterwards.

    I found my breathables to do just fine in the surf. Especially for when you have to hump it back to the rig,.
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    If you are using a float tube then I always wear waders. Sneak out and nail some flatties! If you are onshore fishing corbina then remember that if your ankles are wet you are out too far. Call me Dave, I may have some spots for you.

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    I guess I forgot to mention I want to Bowfish in the surf. Finding clear enough water is the toughest part.

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    I didn't see bowfishing as an option in CA. In saltwater anyway. If you found a provision, I can definitely show you spots. Like I said, for corbina, if your ankles are wet you are out too deep. There is prime territory not far from you.
    Last edited by TonyS; 08-02-2011 at 09:35 PM. Reason: added info

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    Yeah its legal

    28.95. SPEARS, HARPOONS AND BOW AND ARROW FISHING TACKLE. Spears, harpoons
    and bow and arrow fishing tackle may be used for t aking all varieties of skates, rays, and sharks, 
    except white sharks. Such gear may not be possessed or used within 100 yards of the mouth
    of any stream in any ocean waters north of Ventura County, nor aboard any vessel on any day
    or on any trip when broadbill swordfish or marlin  have been taken. Bow and arrow fishing tackle 
    may be used to take finfish other than giant (blac k) sea bass, garibaldi, gulf grouper, broomtail  
    grouper, trout, salmon, striped bass, broadbill sw ordfish and white shark.

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    I know this is an old post, but you'll be fine, just maybe wash them off afterwards. I used to take my waders in the salt marshes and they never suffered any ill effects.
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    I've used mine in the surf as well. Works great on cold days when you don't want your nuts up by your tonsils from the cold water :)
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