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Rock Fishing

Rock FishingRock fishing is similar to bank or shore fishing. It involves finding a rock outcrop that projects outwards from the shore and using that as a location to fish from. Any rocks that are surrounded by deep water are likely to provide shelter for fish and are therefore good fishing spots. If you notice a large amount of kelp in the area or washed up on the beach, this is also an indication you have found a good location. This is also true if there are a lot of shellfish on the rocks around you.

In general rock fishing provides more frequent catches than shore fishing, as you can get further out from the shore, and are surrounded by very deep water. It is a method often chosen by those who do not have the use of a boat, although some anglers simply prefer rock fishing to other options.

The equipment used for rock fishing is not much different than that used for shore fishing. Usually longer rods are used, such as 12 footers, so that you get the best possible range when you cast. However sometimes anglers opt for shorter rods, if the rocks they are fishing on have a steep drop-off into very deep water. They will then want to cast closer below them and a longer rod would be cumbersome here. Spinning reels are commonly used by rock fishermen.

Many saltwater fish can be quite large, and the movement of the water at sea is generally much more forceful than when fishing a river or lake. Therefore strong lines are in order. You should choose your line based on the average weight of the type of fish you expect to catch. Don’t forget that whatever line strength you choose, you will need a stronger leader. (This is the fishing line that is closest to the hook, which has to be stronger as it will be bitten by fish, scraped against kelp and battered against the rocks.)

Before you set up your tackle, spend some time watching the waves and the movement of the water around the rocks. The sinker you choose to use will need to be gauged off these factors. You will also need to consider whether you are going to cast further out into the sea, or fish close to the rocks. As far as the hook is concerned the usual logic applies. If you are targeting larger fish, you will require a larger hook, attached to a strong line. The bait you use will again depend on what you are fishing for. You should use the same bait that you would use if boat fishing. However one thing to consider is that if you cast a long way out into the sea your bait will get a lot of nibbles from smaller fish. Therefore a larger piece of fish which is tough and stringent, such as squid, is recommended here.

The most important thing to think of when rock fishing is the issue of safety. Unfortunately many accidents occur, where anglers either lose their footing on slippery rocks and fall into the water, or are washed off by a sudden large wave. Therefore it is important to exercise common sense. Do not go rock fishing on rocks that are being buffeted by large and powerful waves. If you are fishing and the wind or the waves start to pick up you should consider moving, especially if you think that it may become dangerous. Never go rock fishing alone. If you get into difficulty, you will appreciate having someone to help you or to raise the alarm.