Surf Fishing in Florida, its great!

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Surf Fishing in Florida, its great!

Postby Mike Brooks » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:09 pm

Surf Fishing in Florida

Well it's a beautiful day out, so why not go to the beach, living in Florida that is one of the more popular options, but don't go to the beach without your fishing rod; many people believe that since there are people everywhere on the beaches that there are no fish to be caught. This is a very large misconception, I mean ideally, if you plan on fishing you should probably try and find a secluded part of the beach or a beach that doesn't get a ton of traffic. I know what you are thinking what beach in Florida doesn't get a lot of traffic?, well there are places that you can go and surf fish and have a great time, but also catch many fish. You definitely don't want to go putting out shark bait at your local beach where there are people all around, be sure to use good judgment; I don't think you would want that on your conscious.

There are many different types of tackle, rigs etc, that you can use while surf fishing. Normally the tackle is larger than regular boat fishing or pier fishing tackle. You need a longer rod to be able to cast past the break of the waves, and you need larger reels to heave the heavy tackle as far as you can get it. This is the case most of the time but not always, depending on location and conditions you can use your regular spinning gear and it will be just as effective. The term “surf tackle” however, is applied to rather stout, long-distance casting equipment, the reason for the long cast is to try and reach holes or pockets where game fish may be. Surf rods are usually ranging from 8’ to 14 feet or more. The stoutest of all surf outfits are those used for tossing out bottom rigs with heavy pyramid sinkers – mainly in quest for red or black drum. It takes a strong rod to handle a five or six ounces of sinker, and the tips of these gigantic rods are as thick as your thumb. Surf specialist agrees that 10’ to 11’ is best all around for surf fishing. Good Surf Tackle won’t guarantee you a fish but will help your odds of landing the fish when they show.

Unlike boat fishing and pier fishing, surf fishing is more challenging, when boat fishing you can go to the fish and the technology on today's boats gives you a cheating advantage, when surf fishing we have to go off of skill and instinct. Surf fisherman must be able to see the weather, surf and tide conditions in order to try an area that could hold fish, Surf fisherman must study there species, to understand what they eat, how they eat and when are the best times of the year for that particular species. Sometimes no matter how good we think the conditions are we don't always come out on top, but the challenge and the beauty of the sea is what keeps us surf fisherman going back.
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Postby Rebel Hog » Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:34 am

YEP!...............And the bait is endless.... :grin: :grin: :grin: Just dig in the sand a few inches in front of you and you never run out of live bait! They are called Sand Fleas and they are huge compared to a Dog Flea...

You will catch 100's of Whitings and on occasion a Spanish Mackerel or two.
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