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 surf-fish.com , which consists of things I've written or how to articles linked from my other website somefishblog.com , 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!

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