When’s The Be?t Time to Go Surf Fishing – Tips
We guarantee much better fishing results. Ch?ck out thi? n?w revoluti?nary ?nvention and get ?head of y?ur fishing friends.
What ?s the Best T?me of Year?
Since I a? n?t considering ?ny p?rticular loc?tion, a? ? gene?al ?ule of thumb I ?ould have t? ?ay spr?ng and fall. N?w that doesn’t mean ?f you ?re fishing in the winter o? summer that the surf fishing will be poor. It most l?kely j?st ?on’t be outstanding. That being said, ?t doesn’t me?n the fishing will be outstanding in the spring and fall. What it d?es me?n i? that given the sam? set ?f circumstances, th? fishing ?ill probably be better ?n the spring and f?ll. Surf fishing depending on your location can be g?od y?ar round. If y?u know what you’?e doing it isn’t difficult to catch f?sh in the surf yea? round.
Wh?t is the Best Time ?f Da??
This que?tion is easier to answer. In the ear?y morning j?st before dawn until 9 or 10 AM and in the evening an hour or two before dusk. This follows the nocturnal feeding habits of th? fish. During the summer when ? ?ot of the beaches ar? occupied by sunbath?rs, dusk might ?e your ?est bet after they have left the beach. In some areas th? ?ule ?s no fishing in swimm?ng area? fr?m the time lifeguards go on duty until th? time th?y g? off.
What ?s the B?st Tide Time?
It’s n? secret that th? tides affect surf fishing. M?ving water ?t the surf line is good f?r fishing. High tid? ?s best beca?se it’s easier to ca?t out and reach the deeper water. The window of opportunity is t?o hou?s b?fore h?gh tide and two ho?rs after. Slack tid? which is right between high tide and low tid? is n?t product?ve fo? surf fishing. Low tide in most areas is usua?ly only good for scouting the beach for ?deal fish?ng s?ots.
What ?re the Best Moon Phases?
The moon not only pla?s ? part ?n th? tidal m?vements, it a?so affects the fishing. Let ?e explain. The moon produces the most extreme tid? ch?nges, ref?rred to ?s s?ring tides, during the new m?on and the full mo?n. The water m?ves faster dur?ng th? change in tides from high to low tide and the tot?l ch?nge ?n depth is the greatest. This is the ?est tim? t? f?sh th? surf. Also, common belief ?s th?t during ? full m?on the fish feed mo?t of the night.
What ar? the Best We?ther Conditions?
Weather conditions are ? l?ttle more difficu?t to addr?ss becaus? of all the different ?inds of weather factors. An onshore breeze if it isn’t to? strong ?s a plus. Cold fronts ar? negative factors. High wind and surf ?s al?o bad. High winds mak? it difficult t? fish and the water clarity i? very poor. Lo? pressur? i? better than high pre?sure during ? sp?ing tide. When the weather ?onditions have been p?or for the last 24 hours the fishing won’t imp?ove unti? the fish have h?d ? ch?nce to acclimate. Sometimes it ?ay take a d?y or two depending on h?w ?evere the weath?r has be?n.
Now after considering al? the best times f?r surf fishing, it’? e?sy to understand how these situations can wo?k together wh?n the? occur at the same ti?e. When planning to go surf fishing try t? t?ke advantage of th? time when several of thes? conditions overlap ea?h other.
Seven Quick Step? t? Start Surf Fishing Right Away
If you’?e never surf fished before this article ?s written for you. My goa? is to provide you ?ith a ?ery simp?e, easy to follow method so y?u ?ill catch your first f?sh in the surf. That’s all I want ?ou to b? able t? do. Just catch ? fish, ?ny fish. I don’t car? ?f you have ne?er caught a fi?h in y?ur life. I ?ant you to see how exciting and e?sy it ?s t? do. After that I guarantee you’ll be hooked and I wil? have accomplished ?y goal. Once y?u catch your first fish ?ou’ll have th? confidence I ?ant you to get. At that point yo? will have the incentive to ?earn everything you c?n about this spo?t and enjo? many successful h?urs at the surf line.
Surf fishing is a neg?ected sport. You don’t hear much a?out it. The ironic thing is that it’s p?obably the the easiest to d? and the most exciting. How strange ?s th?t?
Ok?y let’s get sta?ted.
G?t A Surf Rod And Reel Combo
I ?ant ?ou to go d?wn to Walmart ?r one of the ?ig sporting g?od cha?ns. Yo? have g? t? one ?f the? w?thin range of the coastline otherwise they won’t carr? any surf gear. You? budget for a surf rod and ?eel ?ombo is under. You can probably find something for around. (A combo i? a r?d & ree? combination)
Pick out any spinning surf rod and reel combo that strike? yo?r fancy. Surf r?ds a?e he?vier and longe? than regular s?lt water rods. Get som?thing at least 10′ but not l?nger than 12′ If you can find the Da?wa combo ?r the Shakespeare combo that’s great. Other?ise most any surf combo wi?l do. Remember this is a beginners intro. Once y?u g?t ?nto it you’ll pr?bably want to g?t more professional gear.
Get The Minimu? Required Tackl?
This ?s go?ng to a ?ery short, simp?e list.
300 yds. of mono filament line 20 ?b. Te?t (if your comb? didn’t come sp?oled with line)
2 ?r may?e 3 P?ramid sinkers 3?z. we?ght
1 pkg. of 2/0 ci?cle hoo?s ( Lo?k ?t the ready made ?eaders ?ith hooks on them so you can se? how their set up)
1 p?g. of #2 sn?p swive?s
Get Your Gea? Set Up
Okay n?w ?pool the line on your reel and don’t wind it ?n to? lo?sely. Wind your line on through a piece of St?rofoam or an?thing that will p?t ? ?ittle dr?g on it as fills up your reel. We’re not going to deal with a shock lead?r ?t this stage. You pr?bably won’t ?e casting that h?rd anyway. If you don’t know what ? ?hock leader is don’t ?orry about it. Yo? can f?nd when yo? need to know or ju?t lo?k ?t ?p. That’s t?o much to get ?nto ?t thi? stage.
With th? hook and s?nker ?ou can go one of tw? ?ays. Either on? will get the j?b done at this point.
Make ? short 12? leader for th? hoo? and ti? it on yo?r line abo?t 18? fro? the end of y?ur line (Remember y?u saw ho?ks with leaders at th? tack?e store). T?e ? snap swivel on the ?nd of yo?r line and attach the pyramid sinker to it..
Attach a #2 sna? swivel t? a pyra?id sin?er and slide ?n on yo?r lin? ?o that it ?an slide freely. Attach another #2 snap s?ivel to the end ?f your line and attach ? l?ader to it ?ith a 2/0 hook ?n it.
That’s it your surf rig is ?eady to go.
Learn To Cast
Pick ?n ap?ropriate location lik? ? p?rk o? bal? field where th?re won’t be any peopl? around. You ?an tape ?ff the hoo? for safety ?o you won’t have to t?ke it off. Now I ?ant yo? to practice casting unti? yo? can c?st with ? basic amount ?f control f?r direct?on ?nd distan?e. This isn’t ? ?ad idea even ?f yo? have some ex?erience. P?actice until ?ou can c?st 100′ to 200′ with ? reasonable amount ?f predictability. If ?ou can do better that’? great. If y?u t?y t? cast m?ch f?rther you wil? n?ed t? ?earn and u?e a shock leader.
Why You Need To Kn?w About Tides
I need to g?ve you ? quick les?on on t?des ?nd surf fishing. Find the tid? tables for your location. I’ll give yo? three ?ossibilities. Find them ?n the Internet, look for them in the loca? coastal newspaper or ask at the local bait and tackle shop.
Find out ?hen you ?an go to th? b?ach at low tide. Visit the beach and lo?k for variations ?n the bottom. Note ?pots for ?ockets and changes in the formation ?f th? bottom, b?sically where you can cast into deeper ?ater ?r past a s?ndbar. If you c?n s?ot a ?ip through ? sandbar s? much the better. Thes? will ?e y?ur target ?pots to fish.
Pick Th? Right Tim? To Fish The Surf
Okay now yo? know where you ar? going to fish and the water you will b? targeting. G? back to the the tide charts. Find a time when high tide occurs in the earl? daylight ho?rs or aro?nd ?arly dusk. It doesn’t m?tter ?hich one you pick. Y?u a?e going to fish ? two ho?r window ?efore and after high t?de which will ?e four hours of fishing time. No? you know when to go fishing.
Get Some Bait
Now it’s time to start fishing. Head ove? to the local bait shop. Bu? ? doz?n 3? – 4? shrimp. (Get ? fishing license ?f you need one. )#) Head f?r the surf and get your gear out. H?ok one ?f the shrimp through the tail about an inch from the end. C?st into th? designated sp?ts, get in ? comfortable chair and hold on. If something doesn’t hap?en in 20 to 30 minutes cast into one of the othe? ar?as that you scouted at low tide.
Fro? the information I’ve gi?en you, at this level of skill ?ou h?ve the b?st op?ortunity of ?anding s?mething very exciting. The?e’s ? good chance y?u wil? use all of y?ur ba?t cat?hing fish. Any siz?, any ?ind just catch ?omething s? yo? c?n ?ee what it’s l?ke. Plan on releas?ng anything you catch for now. You can get into keeping some at another time.
It’s not foolproof but it ?ill be highly effective. The?e’s a strong likely ho?d you ?ill catch something ?our first tim? out. Don’t wor?y about the possibility th?t the fish aren’t out the?e. They ?re there, just ta?e ?y word fo? it.
How Th? Weather And Moon Really Impact Fishing
Let’s ?tart with th? baro?eter. The baromete? is ? very effective too? f?r meas?ring the feeding behavior ?f fish. The barometer i? an instrument ?sed to measure ambient atmospheric pr?ssure. Don’t worry, I’? going to simplif? it for you and cut through all ?f the sc?entific ?argon ?o ?e can get to what rea?ly matters, ?atching fish. The measure of barometric atmospheric pressure ?an then be ?sed t? hel? ?redict the weather and mo?e importantly f?r our purpos?s, the feeding behavior of fish. Haven’t w? a?l wondered why fi?h ?ere s? easy to catch yesterday, but today y?u c?n’t ?ven get a bite?
You see when ? low pressu?e front is building, I’m sure you’ve all he?rd this term on the weather channel, the b?rometer i? low and dropping and ? ?torm i? either present or on its way. When the barometer ?s high o? rising, the weather i? fair and dry. If you’re watching the weather on th? TV, that’? what the large capital L o? H means on th? ?eather m?p. The L stands for a l?w pressure sy?tem and the H stand? for ? high pre?sure system.
S? what doe? this mean t? ?e ?s a fisherm?n? L?t m? explain. The barom?ter i? ? v?ry us?ful tool th?t will unlock many of the “mysteries” of fishing. You s?y, “Co?e ?n Trevor, is this r?ally true? ” The answer is yes, ?t is true. When the atmospheric pressu?e fluctuates, it affects the a?r ?ladders in fi?h. A fish?s’ air bladder i? wh?t ?t use? to stabilize itself at different de?ths of water. When a fishe?’ a?r bladder isn’t fee?ing right it won’t want to ?at. Do you feel like eating when ?ou have an up?et stoma?h? Well fish don’t either.
When the barometer is ?ow o? fall?ng, fish w?ll sp?nd mo?t of their time equalizing thei? ai? bladde?, ?nd the la?t thing they’re thinking about is feed?ng. When this happens you’ll have a diff?cult tim? fooling ? fish ?nto eating. On the other hand, ?hen the opposite is true, and th? barometer ?s rising, yo?r chances of c?tching a fish, ?s far greater, because th?y feel more like eating.
Fish and wild lif? ?now what t? ex?ect f?om the we?ther and can sense ?hen ? storm i? ?pproaching to ? much gr?ater degree than ?e humans ?an. Y?u’ve probably noticed that when the weather is ni?e all of the critters outs?de are a?tive and frolicking about. This m?ans that the barometri? pressure ?s stable ?r high. On the other h?nd when th? barom?tric pressure is l?w, yo? w?n’t see nearly as many animals around and the ones ?ou d? won’t b? frol?cking anywhere. Even th? cow? ?n yo?r l?cal field w?ll b? lying down. At times like th?s it c?n get pretty quiet out on the lake or river too. The fish j?st aren’t a?tive.
Understanding how fish adapt to changes in their environm?nt allo? ?n ?ngler to better predict ? fishes’ ?ovement and feeding. Find?ng out when a fish is feeding i? ?hat ?e’re interested in because that’s when you h?ve the best ch?nce of catching sa?d fish. Y?u may know that almost all saltwat?r fisherm?n check the tides before they head out fishing. And it’s a great ?trategy because the tides impact fishing. But ?ou d? real?ze what caus?s the tides to change, don’t you? That’s right, the moon. And the gra?itational pull of th? moon that impa?ts the changing tides is also pushing against some p?rt of the earth all the time. So the pressu?e i? alway? there but since wat?r is more easily moved th?n the ground, wate? is lifted ?p t?wards the mo?n causing the tides to chang?. How high the high tide will rise or how ?ow th? lo? tide may go ?s largely det?rmined by the position of the moon and sun.
Knowing and understanding this information ?sn’t ju?t important to th? saltwater angler though. Freshwater anglers don’t deal with tides li?e saltwater anglers, ?ut the pha?es of th? moon are v?ry important to them as well. What the angl?r wants t? focus on ar? the new moon and fu?l moon periods on the calendar. Th? tw? or thr?e days following th?se tw? occurrences w?ll result in mo?e fi?h activity. It’s that simple.
I’ve been planning my fishing trips ?bserving these sam? princ?ples fo? years and it ?lmost neve? fail?. The moon phases are ? ?ery rea? fa?tor in the feeding patte?ns of fish. I alw?ys have more succes? during the full and new ?oon peri?ds, than I do at oth?r times of th? month and y?u can too.
What yo? a? an angler wants t? t?y to do i? have both of these fact?rs come together at the same t?me. The perfect weather situation combined with ? full ?r ne? moon. When thi? happens, you ?ill h?ve ? great day fishing, I promise. And if yo? ju?t pa? attention ?ou can be out there fishing when this happens.
Things to D? Befo?e Yo? Go Out Surf Fishing
Sc?ut The Beach At Low Tide For P?tential Hot Sp?ts
Use ? tide chart t? find out when ?ou ?an visit the beach at l?w tide. Du?ing low tide you will b? able to see what the bottom is ?ike after the h?gh tide co?es in. This will giv? ?ou a better idea ?f th? the spot? that are most l?kely t? hold fish. Once you have an id?a of the bottom formations ?nd learn ?earn how to read the surf your ?atch ?ate wi?l improv? significantly.
Check The Tide Charts to Find Out The Best Time To Fish
Surf fishing at high tid? offers the best opportunity f?r catching fish. If you can fish the surf when high tide ?ccurs at dusk or early morning you wil? ?e ab?e to take advantage of the be?t time t? be ?t the surf lin? to catch fish.
Check The NOAA ?eather Station For?cast F?r The Are? You Are Planning To Fish
NOAA weathe? stations ?re ?ocated al? ove? that pro?ide c?astal conditions. They provide a w?alth of data usefu? for surf anglers. The weather ?lays an important part ?n the feeding h?bits of f?sh in the surf. Pay particular attention to what the weather h?s b?en d?ing over the last 24 hours. Unseasonal w?ather and cold fronts disrupt feeding habits and fo?d sources. S?rf fish need a little t?me to ac?limate and return t? normal feeding patterns. If the weather has not be?n c?nducive to good fishing conditions over that last 24 hours don’t expect the fishing to imp?ove just ?fter it chang?s.
Local fishing reports ?an be very helpfu? bef?re planning a trip t? the surf ?ine for a few hours of fishing. Fishing reports ?an come from lots ?f different ?ources. Depending ?n the ?ource the?e will ?e seve?al things you c?n lea?n.
What kind ?f surf fish ?re active?y biting.
What surf fish are being tak?n ?n – typ? of live bait, artificia? or lure? used
When the fish are mo?t active – morning, evening, etc.
Wh?t areas of the surf the f?sh ?ere caught.
S?rf conditions the fish w?re taken in – ca?m, light chop, tide, etc.
Dec?de What Tackle You W?ll Be Using And Make Sure You A?e S?t U? Proper?y.
After gathering all the information for a surf fishing o?ting. Yo? should have ?n idea ?f the type of fi?h you ?ill be targeting and the tackle you will be using. You prob?bly have the opti?n of using live bait, l?res o? artificial ?ait. Check y?ur tackle box for the gear you ?ill need. See that ?t i? in good condition and that there i? a fe? extra in c?se you loose some in the surf.
Nothing is wors? than running into a good school of fish and not having what’s needed on hand to keep fishing. Proper plann?ng before yo? head t? the bea?h to ?njoy this exciting sport can ma?e al? the differenc? in how much success ?nd fun ?ou have.
Surf Fishing Tips – Fish Any Beach in the World!
Surf fishing at th? beach on the ocean can g?t real exciting. In th?s article I will outline surf fishing tips I have learned through th? ?ears that anyone can use. So?e tips ha?e been a?quired thr?ugh personal experience ?nd fr?m other successfu? surf fishing f?iends.
First yo? n?ed to m?ke sure y?u have the adequate equi?ment. A fishing ?od that i? betw?en 10 feet ?nd 15 feet long ?s the id?al length in order to a?hieve good ca?ting distance and leverage. The fish?ng ree? can b? ? spinning re?l size 6000 u? to an 8000 si?e with a good drag system and good lin? c?pacity fo? heavie? line ?uch ?s 17 to 25 po?nd test. One th?ng to remember about fish?ng ?n the oc?an, y?u neve? know wh?t y?u will catch, s? you need to be prepared with the p?oper heavy equipment to handle a 30 pound sting r?y or ? large ?lue fish that h?ve g?ant teeth, not to m?ntion the occasional sha?k. Sometimes you ?ill catch s?all fi?h l?ke whiting or lad? f?sh that ?re too small for a heav? rod, b?t being pre?ared for the big one is rea?ly what you want.
Cho?sing where to fish ?s ?nother choice t? be made. If y?u a?e ?t ? home or condo ?n the ?cean front ?ou would m?st likely fish right out front. Then loo? for activity ?n t?p of the water, lik? ?irds di?ing into the water f?eding on bait fish. Wher? there ?re small fi?h the?e a?e ?ig fi?h not too f?r away. Fish clo?e t? the? ?f you can, otherwise g?t ?ut y?ur po?arized sunglasses and look fo? bait fi?h near where yo? a?e standing. If you don’t s?e any, just ?ast out t? where the wave? br?ak ?nd let yo?r bait f?oat ?n th? ?andy trenches the waves c?eate. Th?t i? where fish will ?ook f?r food.
Always l?ok ?t the tide chart for yo?r a?ea and p?ck your fishing times around high tides. The best time is usually 2 hours bef?re ?nd ?ne to tw? hours after high tide. Surf fishing at thes? ti?es can usually ?ield the m?st activity. Also try early morning and early ?vening ?hich ?s normally a good fishing t?me. Coupled with high tide, this time fram? can b? very exciting and product?ve.
Other fishing gear yo? need will be ? 5 gallon bucket to carry your bait, drinking w?ter, towel, knife, cutting board for ?utting up cl?ms etc and rod stand. Plus you ma? want another carry al? for everything mentioned aft?r ?ou p?t some fish in the b?cket fo? cle?ning later. You sho?ld also consider using ? steel lead?r and a good hook rig such a? ? po?pano r?g or a strong ?teel hook attached to the st?el leader. For sink?rs you can ?se the pyramid style ?r the sputnik st?le. I ?se th? sp?tnik style becaus? it ?ticks in the sand and allow? the b?it to float ?n the water. The weight of the s?nker or ?eight dep?nds on h?w rough the surf i?. The pyram?d st?le can tend to roll w?th the surf and b?ck to shore again.
Surf fishing tips like these can help you get started fish?ng th? surf. Always ch?ck out the lo?al bait sh?ps to b?y ba?t and a?k ?hat’s b?en biting lately, then gear up accordingly.
Tides – Influ?nce ?n Fish Feeding
The feeding cycle of s?me fish i? directly influenced by t?dal movements. In most part? of the wor?d fish that c?ing t? coastal areas feed mainly on the flo?d t?de when smaller organisms ar? wash?d in with ?armer water in winter and with co?der water in summer. The?e a?e times when fish f?ed on the tail end of the ebb tide and the sta?t of the f?ood tide. This would account for the variation in ? fish species’ di?t from one area to another at different times. What ma? ?eem indicative of ? certain speci?s’ feeding habits in on? ?ocation, may not b? th? sa?e at another location just ? short distance away.
When s?aller ?rganisms and small fi?h a?e washed in with ? ris?ng tid?, bigger f?sh wi?l follow and feed on them, leaving again when the food sour?e runs out. Dusk and d?wn ar? another of the variables. Large numbers of marine organis?s, which the surface fi?h f?ed ?n, ?ove up from the depths at night when the surface water cools. Th?y migrate ?ack to the depths a? the sun rises, away from the warmer upper layers and the sun’s rays.
Locality also dictates behaviou?, not al? pl?ces ?n the world have two tides, such as N?w Guinea. There ar? pl?ces that hav? one tide high?r than the oth?r and other places ?ith mixed tide?, sometime? several ? day. With the m?on exa?tly o?er the equator, thes? places have two t?des of equal height and as the angle of the moon to th? equator increases, th? second tide disapp?ars.
The feeding behaviour and habits ?f f?sh which depend on t?des vary ?s much a? the tides v?ry. The?e is some thought that the ?ariations of the tidal f?ow confuse the fish. This ?s n?t so, ?f the f?od ride? in with the tide, ?o w?ll the fish. Uncertain t?des ma? not fool the f?sh, but they certainly fool the ang?er. A truly tidal feeding ?pecies will f?ed ?t ir?egular intervals, due to the varian?e of t?des and ?ndeed, many fish can go fo? l?ng periods of ti?e without feeding at all.
An e?tuary with ? rising tide is g?od news for fish, with organisms w?shing in from outside the estu?ry. So just after high tide, many fish move in from the ocean ?nd fr?m the upstream ?reas t? fe?d in the est?aries ?n a?l the f?esh organisms.
Current? within the ocean are just as im?ortant, e?pecially the ?ertical ?nd inclined current? which first?y carry coo?er water u? from the depths t? the surface and divert wa?mer water t? the cooler le?els and s?condly, th?y b?ing vast numbe?s of organisms to the continental shelf where f?sh can feed on them.
Su?face currents a?e affected b? ?ind ?nd surges, whereas vert?cal curr?nts ?eact to temperatu?e and salinity. F?sh ?se these v?rtical currents a? bi?ds do the ?ind currents, ?ising ?nd navigating to different depths during their migr?tions. Without these currents whi?h c?rry plankton and ?ther organisms, f?sh may n?t be ?o abundant ar?und ?ur coastal a?eas.
The imp?rtance ?f the upwel?ing currents bringing ?ooler water to the top and moving warme? wate? a?ay also negate? the need for temperature sensitive fi?h t? r?main within thei? temperature tol?rance by following the water a?ay fr?m the ?oast and away f?om their natural feeding gr?unds. #$#2#$#
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