Surf fishing hacks to get you started or help you tweak your beach fishing game. 

What is Surf Fishing

Surf fishing refers to all types of fishing from the shore. This includes fishing from the beach, jetties, rocks, and even fishing piers. Surfcasting or beachcasting is a less common way to refer to surf fishing, which is usually referring to fishing in saltwater from the beach. Casting a line from the beach to catch dinner is a favorite past time for many. 

Next are some great tips to get you started.

Surf Fishing Gear You'll Need

Basic surf fishing can be done with a regular fishing rod and reel. In addition to a basic setup, you will need some terminal tackle and bait or lures also.

  • Regular or Surf Rod 
  • Spinning or Conventional Casting Reel
  • Bait or Lure
  • Terminal Tackle: Hooks, Swivels, Lines, and Leaders
  • Rod Holders
  • Surf Bag
  • Cooler
catching fish from the beach pompano and snook

All About that Bait

Live bait is nice to have but inconvenient most of the time, but when you can get it, try out: 

  • Mullet
  • Shrimp
  • Sand Fleas

I’ve found that frozen bait works well most of the time. Store-bought frozen shrimp work just fine. 

Additionally, the use of fish bites seems to work well.

Where to Cast

When surf fishing, this is going to depend greatly on where you are. If there is a rocky area or shellfish around, you can find feeders there. Finding the perfect trough to throw your line into can lead you to a nice catch.

What Can I Catch

I like to catch dinner and I’m in central Florida currently. So I am fishing for:

  • Snook
  • Pompano
  • Red Drum
  • Sheepshead
  • Whiting

Surf Fishing Gear

gear for surf fishing

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