Surf Fishing Q&A: Rigging Tips, Gear Tips, & More

surf fishing q&a

If you’ve ever had a question about surf fishing, you’re going to love this video.

We’ve been doing a lot of beach fishing tips recently and we get loads of questions about them, but here’s the problem — we get too many questions!

My job as the Insider Club Director keeps me busy making sure our Insiders get taken care of, but I wanted to make this video and publicly answer several questions we’ve recently gotten on our YouTube channel.

These questions include:

  • Rigging tips (like what the best line for surf fishing rigs is)
  • Gear tips (like what beach cart, boots, and other items we recommend)
  • Pier fishing tips
  • And more

Check out the video below for the Q&A.

Surf Fishing Q&A [VIDEO]

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The below questions are about this video about how to tie a pompano rig.

Q: Do you recommend using the pompano rig from a bridge or pier (instead of just from the beach)? – Pablo Diaz

A: Yes, especially if you’re fishing a pier on the beach.

From the pier, you can easily get in the troughs before and after the sand bar.

However, pompano and other beach cruisers won’t be in the deep water, so I wouldn’t recommend using it toward the end of the pier.

You can also use this rig to target other species, such as red drum or sheepshead, but just make sure to use the right bait for your target species.

Another option for bridges and piers is a dropper rig.

Q: Can you catch redfish and seatrout on the pompano rig? – Celina Lopez Alegria

A: Yes you can, but this is not the best rig for them.

If you’re fishing from the beach for redfish and seatrout, I’d recommend a Carolina rig with a heavy egg sinker using live or cut mullet, pinfish, or croaker.

If you’re specifically targeting trout, I recommend live bait, but if you’re specifically targeting redfish, I recommend cut bait.

Q: How durable is the pompano rig? Would you tie a new rig every time you go out? – Doc Bailey

A: If you don’t see any nicks or abrasions, then there’s no reason to change the rig.

The good news about the quick switch knots is that there aren’t a lot of swivels or other hardware you need to worry about rusting.

Q: Is there any advantage to using a snap swivel over a loop knot to attach the sinker? – P.W.

A: Not really.

If you want to save money, use a loop knot, but if you want to save a little bit of time when switching out sinkers, use a snap swivel.

These next two questions are about using shock leaders for surf fishing.

Q: Wouldn’t fluorocarbon be better to use because of line visibility? – Chris Howard

A: We’ve done many tests about fluorocarbon vs. monofilament and have found monofilament to be much better in terms of abrasion resistance and catching fish, so I would stick with the monofilament and save some money.

Learn more about mono vs. fluoro here.

Q: Do you ever have issues with the knots damaging the guides? – Alan Johnson

A: I haven’t seen any issues with the knots damaging the guides when I cast out my rig, but if you want a thinner knot to be safe, tie an FG knot instead of the double uni knot that I recommended in the video.

Q: How much did you pay for your beach fishing cart? I see them listed from $79 to well over $200 – F G

A: I paid $225 for my beach cart.

You can get them online for a little cheaper, but be careful about shipping cost because they’re big and they can be costly to ship.

Also, as far as the cheaper carts go, be careful you don’t order one that’s too small.

These next questions are regarding the video about the top 3 surf fishing hacks.

Q: Can you link to the flip flops you used for the floats? – Thomas Hughes

A: I bought them at the Dollar Store for $0.89, so you probably can’t find the exact ones online.

Just go to any touristy beach store, Walmart, or Dollar Store and you should be able to find some.

Just look for a pair made of squishy foam in a fluorescent color.

Q: What do you use to poke holes in the flip flop floats? – Tony Bishop

A: Use a sharp screwdriver, ice pick, drill bit, or even a wide-gauge fishing hook to poke a hole in the middle.

The next question is about the Fishbites review video.

Q: What hook size do you recommend for Fishbites? – Manuel Gonzales

A: I’ve been using 2/0 Kahle hooks.

You could downsize to a 1/0 hook, but that might increase the chances of you catching smaller, trash fish.

This last question is from the video about upgrading beach cart tires.

Q: What boots do you wear? – Perry Hodges 

A: I wear Xtratuf Wheelhouse Boots.

They’re very comfortable, although I would not recommend them for wading.

You can get them from Amazon here.

Conclusion

Big thanks to everyone who left a comment on our recent videos.

Do you have any other questions about surf fishing?

Let me know in the comments below!

Also, keep asking us questions in the comments both here and on YouTube and we’ll try to make another one of these videos.

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Gary Hartge
Gary Hartge
1 month ago

Nice Wyatt! Thank you! Quick and to the point with the question displayed. This reminded me I need to watch the surf fishing hack video ????

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

When you got the pompano rigs out, what artificials do you recommend to cast about while waiting for hits?

George Murphy
George Murphy
1 month ago

Excellent newsletter piece Wyatt!

Justin Rhymer
Justin Rhymer
1 month ago

I litterally was searching on here for something like this about 3 weeks ago when my brother in law and i went beach fishing! Thank you for makng this!

Caden Kaufman
Caden Kaufman
1 month ago

Found a deep slit in a sand bar wa’ll looking on online map, (mapquest), and what rig do you think would work the best.(near a spot known for black drum)

Caden Kaufman
Caden Kaufman
1 month ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Thank you. Now that you mention it the cut is probably old. I will use your recommended rigs sbd look for other spots and try the pier tactics ya’ll wrote about a while back and try the pier but will spent time exploring spots on the beach. Thanks!

Caden Kaufman
Caden Kaufman
1 month ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Follow up, can I use a double fresh water steel leader instead of Luke’s preferred method. I have caught many Whiting and a few sharks on it from the beach.

Caden Kaufman
Caden Kaufman
1 month ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Ok. That seems reasonable. Thank You!

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