Concurring The Surf
What could be better than waves crashing on the beach, the smell of salt in the air, and walking for miles along a sandy beach? There is one thing that could enhance the experience, that would be learning how to fish those waves. All too often, anglers are not exactly sure where to start tackling the surf. There are a number of concerns, including, which beaches are good for fishing, and what the costs involved are as well as what type of tackle they need.
Fortunately, surf fishing does not mean spending hundreds of dollars in order to get started. Most anglers may be surprised to find they already have exactly what they need. If you happen to have an 8 foot or longer rod, and the collection of lead weights as well as a reel that is properly balanced on the rod, you probably have nearly everything you need.
Tackling the surf means you will need a rod and reel that will easily cast up to 4 ounces of weight. Your rod should also have a fast action tip, and be fairly sturdy. One of the reasons that an eight foot or longer rod is needed, is that the surf will require long casts, so the sturdier, the better. At a minimum, you will need 200 yards of 17 pound test to fit easily on your reel. Monofilament is the best line for these purposes.
Whether you elect to use a fish finder, or a sliding weight system, proper preparation is the key to success. To create a sliding weight system, use a snap swivel, a whole, and the leader. This is typically the best possible rig for surf fishing. A fish finder, is a hollow sleeve that contains large snaps that allow you to snap your sinker to the clip. Both these systems allow you to land a fish without the fish necessarily being aware of the resistance. Your swivel prevents the slider from landing near your hook, creating less resistance. In general, you hook should be attached to a leader that is about 2 feet long.
Spoons and artificial plugs should be part of your tackle. Not only are they useful to have, but there are certain times when an artificial lure is a better bait than live bait. In many instances, the fish may be feeding on the surface, and in this instance a top water plug is the best way to attract them. It is not unusual to see a surf angler using 2 rods, one that is fully rigged with an artificial lure, and the other with live bait.
It should not be too difficult to track down the most productive surf fishing areas. In fact, chances are your local tackle shop will have information about this. There is little doubt, that anglers have come into the shop and told their tales about their surf fishing adventures. In addition to being a good source of information about location, a local bait and tackle shop will also be able to help you find exactly the right bait. Not only will they be able to tell you the best areas to fish, but they will also be able to fill you in on which lures work best for that area. As you grow more accustomed to fishing the surf, there is little doubt that as you gain experience, you will also quickly discover which lures help you the most. Remember, as with anything else experience provides knowledge.
First time surf fishers shouldn’t have to invest in hundreds of dollar worth of new equipment since chances are pretty good that they already have a good collection of rods, reels and bait. You can reach out to other surf anglers or your local tackle shop to find out if there is something you should have that you do not currently have an also to find out which local beaches offer the best possible surf fishing. You will really enjoy this sport.
When you are preparing to undergo a saltwater fishing experience, it is important that you have the proper fishing gear. Some of the most popular gear include Shimino Spinning Reels, Penn Reel and Daiwa Reel.