Surf fishing is very popular among saltwater anglers. Whether you are a serious surf fishermen or just a novice that wants to wet a line on your beach vacation, we have some tips that can help you bring more fish on the beach. Some of the popular fish to catch from the surf are whiting, pompano, spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, striped bass and sharks.
Best Time to Fish the Surf (Beaches)
The best time to fish the surf is during a tidal change. If a tidal change coincides with lowlight conditions such as an early morning, late evening or at night, the bite can be even better. Incoming tides usually provide the best fishing opportunities when fishing from the surf. Most surf anglers will fish a couple of hours before the high tide and they will fish until the water stops coming in. The slack tide is usually the worst time for catching fish from the surf.
Recommended Tackle for Fishing the Surf (Beaches)
You could keep it real simple when fishing the beaches. For smaller fish such as pompano and whiting, a medium-action fishing rod with 10 to 12 pound test line and a 1 ounce pyramid sinker should be good enough for most beaches. If the surf is a little rough, you may want to go up to a 2 or 3 ounce weight. In general, when you go a little heavier in weights, we recommended going a little heavier with your fishing line as well. If you are using live shrimp, 10 to 12 pound test line may be fine for most fish that you catch, but you will have a hard time landing a large redfish, snook or black drum in the surf. To catch larger fish, 20 to 30 pound test line may be required, especially if you are using bait fish or large pieces of cut bait. When fishing for sharks, you may need 80 to 100 pound test line and a wire leader and this still may not be enough to land some of the larger sharks that come close to the beaches.
Live Baits for Fishing the Surf (Beaches)
- Live and Dead Shrimp
- Sand Fleas
- Sand Perch
- Bull Minnows
- Cut Bait
Popular Fish Caught from the Surf (Beaches)
- Black Drum
- Jack Crevalle
- Sea Trout
- Spanish Mackerel
- Striped Bass