How To Read The Beach When Surf Fishing (And Stop Getting Skunked)
The most important thing you can learn about surf fishing is how to read the beach.
Knowing how to read the beach will allow you to find structure that provides food and protection for fish, so you can catch them.
In this video, you’ll learn:
- Why finding structure in the surf is crucial to finding fish
- What to look for at low tide
- How to identify different types of structure
- And more.
Check it out below!
Reading The Beach For Surf Fishing [VIDEO]
Scouting The Beach At Low Tide
Low tide provides you the opportunity to find different types of structure that would normally be covered with water at a higher tide.
As you scout the beach, make sure you are looking for:
- Deep troughs
- High tide water line
Mentally marking the high tide water line will help you see how far you will need to cast to reach these pieces of structure.
You should also be observing the different baits that may be present like sandfleas, coquina clams, and baitfish.
This will allow you to match the hatch and determine what bait you should be using.
The Importance Of Beach Structure
Fish need two things.
To eat and to not be eaten.
Structure provides the food and protection that fish need to survive.
Anatomy Of A Beach & Wave Action
High-impact beaches offer a deeper shore break and since low-impact beaches gradually slope, they are often better to fish at a lower tide.
This is simply because you would have to cast really far to get to water that is deep enough to hold fish if you were at a low-impact beach at high tide.
Waves are energy moving through the water and when that energy meets structure, the wave crests and breaks.
When the wave crashes on the sandbar, it’s stirring up any bait that may be holding on the sandbar.
This creates a great feeding zone for fish cruising the beach.
Where To Cast To Catch More Fish
You’ll want to make sure that if you have multiple fishing rods they are casted out at different distances
Here are some spots that you want to have your baits at high tide:
- First deep trough
- Edge of the sandbar
- Middle of a runout
- Shore break (at a high impact beach)
- Just past the runout
- On the sandbar (if there’s enough water for fish to feed on the sandbar safely)
- Just past the sandbar
- Around a point on the beach
- Inside of a hole right off of the beach
At a lower tide, the same tactics apply but you’ll need to identify where the different types of structure are based on wave action and water movement.
If fish are in the area, they will be near structure for food and protection.
And while finding structure is a huge piece of the puzzle, you cannot be afraid to move to find where the fish are if you’re not getting a bite.
Whether you are using live baits or throwing lures, knowing how to read the beach should be a top priority if you want to be successful at surf fishing.
Scout the beach at low tide to find structure, identify where you need to cast, and this will give you the best chance at finding fish!
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