Standing on the shoreline, surrounded by an expansive blend of fishing opportunities, the inquisitive angler in you ponders – should you steer your boat to the left or to right?
How about you park it on the bayside, and head straight for the drylands?
Yes, the beach.
And don’t undermine the offerings of the shallow saltwater; there, awaits a contrasting catch in the brine, ready to reward every surf-caster for their share of efforts.
Ah, so the previous ‘disappointing’ surf fishing experiencing is still fresh in your memory?
Give it another shot and this time, based on our recommendations; make your next surf fishing adventure a worthwhile addition to your already rich fishing Rolodex.
Tip #1: Know the territory
Surf fishing conditions vary from one shore to another. Before you set foot in the reduced waves, it’s vital you know in advance what you can expect from the tossed cast. A brief survey of the site should serve you well, and if you can get some insight from the locals, that would great.
Tip #2: Keep a keen eye on the surf
Read the tide and current pattern. It will provide you with a wealth of information about which spots to target when placing your bait. Look in particular for areas where smoother, flatter seas dominate.
Tip #3: While you are at it, don’t ignore the weather
Wind speed and atmospheric pressure dictate where fish are likelier to venture and at what times. A calm sea implies that you are more likely to find them in deep waters during daylight and can expect their return to the shore once the sun starts setting into the dusk. On the other hand, strong winds at the shore is most likely a good sign.
Tip #4: Use real bait
Artificial lures are best if you are surf-casting for the first time, but since you are not — you are here to improve on your previous experiences and target a valuable catch — we would suggest using real baits. Fresh shrimp, as such, would be an ideal choice.
Tip #5: Go for the accuracy rather than the distance
Look, I can break all national records of casting – I can cast at great distances…
All too often, surf casters adopt this attitude, looking to prove a point to their accompanying buds. Yes, casting long has its benefits but for that:
- You need to have a super technique
- You need to be physically strong
- You need to be using a high-quality casting gear
Since not everyone is resourced or capable enough in all these three departments, it’s better to go for accuracy. How can you achieve accuracy? By following surf fishing tips 1, 2 and 3.
And well, that’s pretty much it. Next time you go surf fishing, follow these tips and we assure you that by the end of the day, you will have plenty of fresh seafood to grill.
The author is an active member of blogging community at Tag Cabo Sportfishing and loves to talk about and share his expertise on everything related to deep sea fishing and surf fishing. His company, Tag Cabo Sportfishing, provides fishing fleet rental solutions and yacht charter services in Cabo, San Lucas Mexico. Visit the company’s website for more information.