Surf Fishing

Surf Fishing is one of the most enjoyable forms of fishing you will ever experience. The wind is blowing in your hair, the surf is rolling in, your toes are buried in the sand while the birds circle above as curious bystanders cheering you on. Back your truck onto the beach, near the surf, so your music and cooler are nearby then wade on in.

10530800_10203749135865041_6084024935954478195_nThe easiest way to pick a spot is to watch the locals and go where they go. Look for clusters of rods stuck in the sand spikes. If your at Port Bolivar in Texas, there is no place better than near Rollover Pass, but near any jetty or pier can be a wonderful spot for beginners. The most important thing you can learn about Surf Fishing is to be extremely careful for Rip Tides. They can be deadly and many unsuspecting swimmer has drowned from falling prey to one. They are usually formed somewhere between where a second and third deeper sandbar is located. Look for where the water washes back out to sea. While dangerous to be caught in one of these guys, its a great place to locate your bait. Its current draws natural food back out to the waiting fish. Also , watch the birds. If you see birds diving into the water they have found schooling fish, which means larger fish are lurking nearby.458392_2851363063072_1585239577_o

Early morning is a great time to Surf Fish; Gamefish are on the prowl close to the beaches. You will need a long heavy duty rod, usually between 12'-15' long, spinning reel and 25 lb. line. To be successful you have to get your bait as far out as possible. Some use canoes, surfboards or even swim their bait as far offshore as they can. Fresh Mullet, shrimp, squid or cut bait often work extremely well when Surf Fishing. If your an artificial bait angler then try spoons, topwater plugs or mullet imitation lures. Once you get your bait offshore, in the right location, use a sand spike or 4' long pvc pipe sharpened at one end to secure your rod onto the beach. Be careful to stay nearby, keeping your eye on the line, because the fish hit quickly and you have to react fast in order to set the hook. In Texas a 6 oz. pyramid sinker is mandatory, designed for this type fishing, because they dig deep into the sand to hold the line. In a seriously strong Texas current these type weights become invaluable.

One last consideration, when Surf Fishing on the Gulf Coast be aware of our spiny little catfish friends. There spikes are so sharp they can flatten a tire or draw blood from an angler, who is simply trying to get them off their hook. Needlenose pliers and a medical kit are always advised when Surf Fishing in Texas and Louisiana.

Oh...don't forget your tow line either.

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