So, you have been fishing for some time now and since you are reading this post, I can only assume you want to improve your fishing skills and pull out the big guns. You already have the much needed experience in casting (and we all know you are not going places in this sport without proper equipment), but just like all other things, fishing skills can be also improved and be perfected. This post is dedicated to surf fishers and to all those who want to get the best out of their fishing trips. For that purpose, I will share with you a few tips related to surf fishing gear that will help you level up in your fishing technique.
Harden up Baits
The problem of soft baits being completely stripped to the bone by small picking fish like tailor, mulloway or salmon, can be fixed by a few alterations in your surf fishing gear, starting with adding salted baits. Use salted pilchards – you can salt them yourself or buy them as pre-salted in stores that sell fish baits. If you decide to salt them yourself, you will need to place the baits in a lot of salt and leave them until their moisture is soaked up. Another way is to use ghost cottons – white, soft and thin cottons that you can find at your local tackle store. Their purpose is to keep the bait tighter on the hook, so make sure to wrap them around the bait a few times.
Changing Spots Is a Must
If you want to fill that basket and you ain’t doing it on your old spot, maybe the problem isn’t you nor your surf fishing gear ; maybe it’s the spot. So change it. Go on another beach, somewhere where you never casted before and where is kind of lonely, with no bunch of other anglers to disturb the waters. Choose calmer waters by visiting the beach a few hours earlier, for instance if you wanna be fishing at night, explore your spot during the middle of the day.
Get Polaroid Glasses
Polaroid glasses will help you explore the beach better for any potential holes along it. They are also great for fishing with them, since they offer a much clearer vision. This is reserved if you’re really dedicated to the whole experience of fishing, but if not, they are not a necessity.
Braid and Mono Line Differences
It is important to know some of the most important differences between these two terms. Braided lines have little stretch and this can make it difficult to set a sinker if you are fishing in waters with big or even small waves. With mono lines this is solved on the count of bite sensitivity and casting distance. Braided lines have also a very low tolerance to abrasion, which means that if you are fighting a fish and it takes you to the reef or rocks, braid is more likely to give way quicker than mono line.
You can try these few things next time you go surf fishing and see how it goes. If you do not feel comfortable enough with any of it, do more research on the topic. And if you are an angler who has their own ways while on the shoreline, be dear and share some pearls of knowledge for those who need it.