Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Or is at least springing! There's still snow on the ground here , as I write this , but it won't last long and we've already had a few days pushing 70 degrees. I like it , even though my productivity takes a major hit , and my mind has trouble staying focused on anything but breaking waves and the prospect of biting fish. Somehow , I'll manage. I always do , though it is a struggle every year. Having said that...

Now is a good time to start making reservations for that Summer beach trip , and having done that , start getting your gear ready to hit the surf! There is a wealth of information here on , which consists of things I've written or how to articles linked from my other website , and also quite a few very helpful linked articles from a host of other knowledgeable fishermen around the world. Most of what I have published here is regionally specific to my stomping grounds here on the east coast of the US , more specifically Virginia and North Carolina , and is tailored to the species and conditions usually found here. However , the techniques I use have a wide range of applications outside of my neighborhood , and because they are tried and true basics , they form a very strong backbone for general fishing techniques that can be tweaked and modified to work for species and water conditions across the globe. I truly hope you'll be able to use the information here as a foundation to develop your own region specific methods to catch more and bigger fish!

Here on the East Coast , summer fishing usually starts picking up in Florida in late February and early March , and works it's way north as water temperatures start to rise and migratory fish start moving into their preferred spawning grounds. They actively feed throughout summer , following their prey up the coast until the water temperature starts to drop , and then begin working their way to the south towards warmer water. It's a predictable cycle , so many people plan their fishing trips accordingly. You can use past fishing reports from message boards and pier websites to narrow down favorable times to book your vacation , and even further by looking at moon phases and tide charts. For daytime fishing , I've always liked fishing under the new moon. As for tides , I prefer to fish the window from two hours before to two hours after high tide , so I like to book a week when high tide will be around 9:00-10:00 AM. That lets me fish from 7:00 to noon , then take the kids out for some beach time and dinner , then I can go fishing again before dark. It's nice to have a plan!

You can find tons of information and how-to's in the archives here , and as always , I can be reached through the contact page , should you have any questions. It comes directly to my mobile , so I try to answer all questions in a timely manner whenever possible.

Have a great summer , and tight lines , my friends!

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.