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Old Salt Photo of the Week – Winner of Surfcasting

POWCongratulations to JENNY BARR of Seminole, FL – She won the photo of the week with a spectacular sunset photo of her boys on the hunt at Indian Rocks Beach.


Surfishing Tips by http://www.fishingtipsdepot.com/surf-fishing-tips/

Surf fishing is a method of catching fishing by wading in the surf or standing on the shoreline. This method of fishing can be confused with pier fishing however they are considered to be two different methods. Both live bait and artificial lures are used by surf fishermen and the majority of surf fishing is done in saltwater. Surf fishermen need to be very careful of waves and undertows: these can be extremely dangerous, causing injury and even death. If you’re going to be using waders when surf fishing then make sure to always wear a wader belt to prevent water from filling up your waders in case you slip underwater.

Surf Fishing Tips, Tricks and Tactics

  • The Best Surf Fishing Rig – When it comes to the holy grail of surf fishing rigs the most effective setup is the fish finder rig, followed by the drop rig. If you’re new to surf fishing then the fish finder rig is the best one to start out with. You can experiment with other options later.
  • Recon the Fish Area – Proper reconnaissance is a great way to improve your success when surf fishing. Use low tide to check out your fishing area for dips, hollows, sandbanks, structures etc. to get an idea where fish might be feeding or hiding when the tide comes back in. Don’t forget to ask the locals and your friendly bait/tackle shop employee on some of the best places to fish.
  • Best Surfing Fishing Live Bait – There are several types of live bait that are most successful when surf angling and the most successful ones will also depend on what you’re trying to catch. Some of the most successful live baits are mole crabs, squid, sandworms, ragworms, bloodworms, shrimp, mullet and hard/soft shell crab. Ask your local bait/tackle shop employee on some of the best live baits to use in the area you plan on fishing in. They will be happy to share their secrets. For artificial bait we recommend the swimming mullet.
  • Ride the High Tide – The best time to surf fish is during high tide, this is when all the fish come in to feed, especially if high tide happens at dawn or dusk. However you should be careful when surf fishing during dawn and dusk. It’s harder to see people swimming and/or objects on the beach.
  • Don’t Use Makeshift Rod Holders – You should purchase a real fishing rod holder for surf fishing. It’s best to avoid using buckets and coolers, they can easily get pulled out by a large fish and the last thing you want to see is your fishing pole being dragged into the surf.
  • Safety First, Success Second – Surf fishing can be a dangerous sport due to the strong waves and under tows. Never go fishing without letting someone know where you’ll be fishing and when you’ll return. Make sure to watch out for swimmers around the areas you’re surfcasting and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

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