What is surf fishing?

What is surf fishing?

Surf fishing is an excellent way for anyone living close to saltwater to fish without the use of a boat.  As the name implies, surf fishing is quite simply, fishing into the surf from the beach.  While it may sound easy, surf fishing can actually be quite difficult, surf fishermen need to be able to master and understand the impact of the wind, floating kelp, the current and the waves that will tend to crash in around them.  You’re going to have your best luck surf fishing in the early morning between 6 and 7 am when the high tide is at it’s peak.  Not all beaches allow surf fishing so you’ll want to check with local authorities to avoid breaking the law.  Surf fishing does require some fairly specialized equipment.  Bait choices vary from live bait fish to sand fleas, cut bait and blood worms.  If you’re fishing schools of fish, artificial lures will also work well.  Rods need to be between 10 and 12 feet lead and heavy enough to get at least 6 ounces of weight plus your bait at least a hundred yards.  When choosing a weight and sinker, a multivolume pyramid with a drop rig with the bait and leader up the line is the most popular. If you’re planning on staying in one spot, a sand spike rod holder may be a good investment.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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