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4 Excellent Surf Fishing Tips to Enjoy the Best Catch

4 Excellent Surf Fishing Tips to Enjoy the Best Catch

It’s indeed tempting while fishing on a surf beach as a beginner to cast your bait as far as possible and expect the best catch. Unfortunately, it’s not always the right thing to do. How better you’d do if you were aware what kind of seabed you are fishing over, where the best fish holding spots are and what would be the best time to drop your baits before them. Here are a few tips that will help you make your first surf fishing venture a success.

1. Exploring Your Water

Before you head out towards the beach with your surf fishing reels, the most important thing to do is to take a walk on the beach at low tide and explore your water. Try to know the following things:

  • The locations of hollows, gullies and banks
  • Is the nature of the seabed changing? Mud, shingle, sand…?
  • Are there any signs of shellfish beds? Mussels, razorfish, cockles etc.?
  • Are there any obstructions you should know about?

You can take this survey one step further by casting a bare lead (without hooks) from the low water mark. Slowly bring it in and you can feel changes in seabed contours and conditions.

This data is really valuable and can make a great difference to your catches. Make notes and even sketches in a notebook which you can refer to every now and then.

Exploring Your Water

2. Know Your Surf

Things keep changing! Currents and tides shift gullies and sand banks, storms can ruin shellfish beds and form new seabed structures. And at high water, while one surf patch seems very much like another and with all the signs covered, it’s not easy always to connect your notes to what’s under the surface.

Take a keen look at surf patches…

One patch will appear different where it whirls around an underwater rock

Short, breaking waves will cheat a shallow sand bank, whereas flatter, smoother waves signify deeper water, i.e. a fish-holding gully.

Thus with the data collected from your low tide walk and indications provided by the changes in the surf, you will get a great idea of where to place your bait.

Know Your Surf

3. Pay Attention to Weather

Several surf anglers love to fish in an offshore wind, for the obvious reason that it’s easier to make longer cast in that wind. However, the offshore wind makes the sea calm, especially during high atmospheric pressure, which creates clear waters.

In such a scenario, fish tend to hang out in deeper water offshore during daytime hours, daring to come close-in only during nighttime.

Low atmospheric conditions, strong winds and bigger surfs are highly likely to be fruitful for surf fishing during daytime.

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4. Reach there On Time

The old saying goes “Time and Tide Waits for No Man” is perfectly true for beach anglers expecting a great catch.

In case of most surf beaches, fishing seems to be the best during two hours before high water and two hours after high water, and even more so in case of a spring tide. However the actual high water period, when the tide is slack, is usually a fruitless period.

For example, if the high tide is at 9 am, perhaps there won’t be much happening from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. However, when the tide is flooding from 6:30 am to 8:30 am, and again from 9:45 am to 11:45 am while it’s ebbing, it’s likely to offer you the best opportunity of catching.

The most important surf fishing tips perhaps is to choose a day when high water happens at dawn or dusk and plan your surf fishing venture around the important piece of information.

So, choose the best surf fishing reels and other gear, and head out towards the beach to enjoy the best catch!

surf fishing tips