Five Fishing Tactics for Fishing Piers

Pier fishing is a fun and productive way to go saltwater fishing. Many people are surprised to learn that there are a variety of species found around piers. Due to this fact, you should be able to find something that you enjoy fishing for without difficulty. Fishing from a pier is different from other types of fishing but it has a lot of advantages that make fishing interesting.

Pier fishing can be done anytime day or night and you don’t need any special gear to fish from piers. However, they do make pier fishing rods that are designed to be easier to handle than other rods. These will usually be more productive because they are designed for this type of fishing. A stiff, slow action, medium rod in the six foot range is a great rod to start with when you’re new to pier fishing.

One of the great things about fishing from a pier is that it’s something the whole family can enjoy together. It’s a great way to spend quality time with your family while soaking up the fresh air and having a great time reeling in a variety of fish. You can make it a contest to see who can reel in the most fish or the largest one.

One of the reasons that pier fishing is so productive is because you are up high over top of the water where you have an advantage. Sometimes, you can even see the fish jumping out of the water or see them swimming near the surface of the water. This makes it easy to determine where to cast your line for the best results. You can also get your bait further out into the water when pier fishing than you can when fishing from the shore.

Pier Fishing Tactics

Anglers use different tactics when pier fishing depending on when they’re fishing and which species they’re trying to catch. It’s always a good idea to use a tactic that you feel comfortable with but it doesn’t hurt to try different things to see how well they work for you. In fact, you may be surprised at some of the things that get results until you try it out for yourself. So, take time to experiment once in awhile.

Here are five fishing tactics for fishing piers that can help to increase your productivity:

1. Fish underneath the piers and around the pillars for some excellent results. Many species tend to gather around these areas in search of food because the baitfish tends to migrate to these areas.
2. Fish around any weeds, rocks and ledges that you see near the pier. Many species hide out in these areas waiting for a tasty meal to come by.
3. Night fishing is very productive and you can catch several different species by placing your bait in the area where the light from the pier shines into the water. The baitfish will swim to the light and many species will follow them.
4. When fishing during the day it’s recommended that you wear a good pair of polarized sunglasses. This may sound a little silly at first but when you think about it you’ll see how it can greatly increase your productivity. The sunglasses will help you locate the fish and detect when you get a bite. You can’t set the hook if you don’t see the line move.
5. Pay close attention to the birds in the area because they usually fly over areas where there are fish underneath. Cloudy water that meets clear water is also a prime location to fish along with the break water.

These tips can help you reel in more fish each time you go out and having a variety of baits will prove to be useful as well. Both live baits and artificial lures can be used with excellent results. The best way to determine which bait to use is by deciding which species you want to catch and then matching the bait to whatever they are attracted to the most.

Pier Fishing Tips

Be sure and take along something to put your fish in once you catch them unless you plan on releasing everything you catch. It’s also a good idea to try and travel light. Therefore, it’s recommended that you go through your gear before you leave home and pack a small tackle bag of just the things that you want to use on that particular fishing trip. This way, you won’t have to carry a heavy tackle box around everywhere you go with items that you don’t need.

During peak fishing season piers can get very crowded. This makes it hard to move around and fishing lines will often get crossed and tangled up. This is something that you should expect and handle diplomatically. There is no reason to get upset. No one tangles your line on purpose but it does happen. When you do get tangled up, offer some useful advice on how to prevent it from happening again and help get the mess straightened out as quickly as possible.

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