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Saltwater Fishing From The Shore

Jul 22, 2008
Of course, fishing from the shore will depend to a great degree, on where you are fishing and what you are hoping to catch, but the following basics will help you in a wide variety of locations and assist you in developing saltwater shore fishing strategies sure to enhance your surf fishing experience whether you are a novice or a more experienced angler.

One thing you should recognize from the very beginning is that surf fishing, or shore fishing, can be very difficult to master. There are many differentials that factor into the equations such as wind, current, and waves. There are also extraneous factors such as things like debris in the water. Rocks, oyster beds, and floating plant life all factor into your fishing experience when you are surf fishing.

If you are a novice, the first thing you are going to want to do is concentrate on practicing your casts. Begin by casting to the breakline, because most fish really do come up that close to feed on small crabs and such, and as long as you can cast that far, you are going to find fishing action. If you can, begin on a calm day, and practice on a sandy beach to start, so you will not have to deal so much with rocks and kelp and such.

Generally, the best days for shore fishing are days when the tide will reach its peak very early in the mornings, from 6:00 to 7:00 AM. Be sure to bring plenty of tackle, because it is easy to lose yours, particularly when you are a beginner, and be sure you are well aware of any and all game and fish regulations in your area. In most places, you will need a fishing license if you are over the age of 16.

Many people rush out and buy rods and reel specifically designed for surf fishing, but it really is not necessary, particularly if you are just getting started, and you already have some gear available. If you have anywhere from a 7 foot medium action rod to a 12 foot medium action rod, just outfit it with about 15 pound test line, and use it. Many surf fishermen feel that a spinning reel is the only way to go, but it really is up to you. If you are more comfortable with a conventional rod, and that is what you have, just use that. Conventional rods seem to cast farther, but there is an occasional backlash to deal with, so it is basically a trade off and whatever works best for you. You might lose your tackle often, so I suggest that you bring plenty of gear.

You should check with your local Fish and Game Department to find out any regulations in your area. In most places, you are required to have the fishing license.

If you have access to a rodholder, or want to fish in one basic area without moving around a lot, just bring a chair and a sand spike rod holder, and kick back until the action begins. Baitholder hooks really will work well for you.
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Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on saltwater fishing here: http://www.asksaltwaterfishing.com/
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