Thursday, February 25, 2016

Surf Fishing 101

Welcome to Surf Fishing for Beginners!

My main goal here at will always be to help people get started fishing in the surf. It can be intimidating for beginners so I try to write simple and easy to follow how to guides that will help you catch fish during your next trip to the beach. These links will get you where you need to be , but be advised they are hosted on my other website : , where I originally started writing and compiling info for beginners...

The Basics : 

Surf Fishing Basics , Part 1 : a good primer , and a great place to start

Surf Fishing Basics , Part 2 : Tackle : a look into basic terminal tackle , a shopping guide , most of which is available in our store...

Surf Fishing Basics , Part 3 : Advanced Rigs for Bigger Fish : once you're ready for bigger fish!

Choosing a Surf Rod a short guide to help you decide which rod will work best for the type of fishing you plan to do.

Braving the Elements you'll probably get rained on if you spend any amount of time surf fishing.

8 Things I Wouldn't Go Fishing Without a few things you'll need at the beach.

Making Your Own Rigs one of my most popular articles here on the blog , this is a must read for anyone wanting to surf fish.

5 Fishing Knots I Use Often saltwater anglers have to use a few different knots most freshwater fishermen aren't familiar with because of the heavier lines.

" Cut Bait " Explained the best bait to use in the surf.

Reading the Beach  how to find the fish.

Deciding When to Go Fishing best times to be at the beach.

Driving on The Beach a must read for anyone wanting to drive out onto the sand.

The Fish :

Bottom Fishing - The Usual Suspects some of the most common catches here on the East Coast.of the US

The Bluefish one of my favorite fish to catch , and a species that can be found all over the world!

The Red Drum , Part One a hard fighting game fish.

The Red Drum , Part Two how to rig for Reds.

 This is a repost of an earlier article that I feel deserves it's own page. This rig is the most basic piece of gear you will use when surf or pier fishing. You can tie this rig on to any seven foot medium heavy action bass rod and get started catching fish from a pier today! Just be sure to use line that is heavy enough to handle casting a 2-3 ounce sinker. Enjoy!

 Click through for instructions on tying the #1 rig used in the surf!! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Surf Fishing Basics Part 3 : Rigs for Bigger Fish!

Welcome back to! Getting back to basics , here are two more common rigs that are used at the beach....

These are big fish rigs. Just how big? How does a car hood sized skate or ray sound? Or how about a big Striper or a Trophy Red Drum? Sounds fun , huh? These rigs are what most people will use for these fish , so you'll need a rod and reel to handle both the weight of the rig , plus a long battle with a very determined fish. I recommend a surf rod in the neighborhood of 10-12 feet long with a MH action paired with a reel capable of holding at least 250 yards of 17-20 pound monofilament.

Surf Fishing Basics : Part 2 , Basic Tackle

Contrary to what many people believe , a little thought goes into what I buy to fish with , and I don't just take a five gallon bucket up to one of the john boats in Bass Pro and get a scoop of what's on clearance , though the idea is tempting.

First let me admit that I blatantly stole this idea from Troutrageous! His post about what he carries in his tenkara bag gave me some insight into what I would need , should I ever decide to go tenkara fishing again. Wouldn't it be great if some of the other experienced blogging fishermen did the same?

I won't claim to be experienced at blogging or fishing , but I would like to let everyone look into my light surf/pier tackle box. I can usually grab this on my way out the door , and have almost everything I need to get a few fish of several different species. It really is my go to box , and I only carry my bigger box on the boat or when I'm going to be targeting a gear heavy species like King Mackerel or Red Drum. Even better , I probably have enough stuff in this one to King or Drum fish in a pinch , though it would probably cost me a few larger fish and I might have to make a trip to the pier house for a couple of essentials that I only carry around when I have a definite need for them.

Let's look inside my fancy case. Yes , it is a pistol case. No I didn't buy it , but instead got it from somewhere for free. I have four or five in various sizes that survived the initial round of testing and ended up here. No , you can't have one....