Surf fishing is essentially the sport of catching fish directly on the beach or wading out into the surf to catch a fish. A broad term, surf fishing generally refers to any kind of beach fishing and generally includes any kind of shore fishing done from rocky and sandy beaches, rocky Point Dells in San Diego, to rocky point lagoons off of Orange County, to rocky shores with lots of surf in San Diego, to large open coastal areas with lots of surf in Southern California. Surf Fishing is often referred to as “sink fishing.” It’s a great sport for anyone.
For many surf fishermen, their favorite tool is a sand wedge. This tool helps them to cast out in very soft surf, where the surf fishing rods sink naturally into the sand, to get as much of the fish as possible. When it comes to casting out in soft surf, some anglers prefer to use lightweight reels, such as plastic, with small spinning sets, while other anglers like traditional spinning rods. Reels that allow casting out in very soft surf with maximum power are generally hard bodies, with larger spinning sets on one or both ends.
Most surf fishing gear includes some kind of wading tool. These tools are made out of leather, plastic, or other flexible materials, and have the shape of a sharp hook on one end. Anglers who want to catch big fish on the beach generally like to use spoons with hollow fishing throats.
Some of the best kinds of surf fishing rigs are made from natural materials.
Some of the best surf fishing baits are shrimp, small crabs, worms, shads, fish, and cut fish. These kinds of baits work particularly well when used in combination with each other. There are also saltwater baits that anglers sometimes mix into their surf fishing rigs. Some of these baits are live bait, and others include soured skim, Java shaded shrimp, and other crustaceans.
Spinning reels can be set up for surf fishing in two different ways. One method requires long line drag, using a spinning reel with a one-eighth-inch line. The other method uses short line drag, using a one-inch line. Regardless of how the line is dragged, however, the reel must be able to spin at a speed of six feet per second or greater, with a bait weight that is one percent of line weight.
Shimano, the most popular manufacturer of modern day reels, offers shimano reel models to meet all of the needs of anglers. One model, the shimano Pro Series drag system, works well with short spool fishing gear. This drag system is made of high-carbon stainless steel, giving it a bright, smooth feel. The shimano bait casting reel has a secondary drag that is adjustable, allowing anglers to choose the correct setting for their individual species of fish. This secondary drag works extremely well, especially with short-spool fishing gear.
Other types of reels on the market include the following: J Line, mono-filament, polyester, carbon, brass, titanium. J Line is an extremely versatile reel that is popular among many different kinds of anglers. It is designed to work with a wide range of bait and lures. Because the J Line is so versatile, it is an excellent choice for surf fishermen. Mono-filament and polyester reel, on the other hand, work very well with lighter bait and lures, while carbon and brass reels are better options for heavier tackle. In addition, these types of fishing reels have a heavy compression design that improves the strength of the fly tying components.
Fishing from a flat bottom boat also requires an extremely versatile reel. The Fly Reel is often the first reel people buy for this type of fishing, but a good quality bait casting reel is needed to help protect the expensive reels and anglers from the dangers of the ocean. Pennaceous pike, barracuda, roosterfish, bonefish and king mackerel all love to eat small fish, and the lighter the fish, the easier it is for them to find their food. Some of the best no drag fishing rigs ever invented are made using the lightest fishing tackle. A Fly Reel and Spinning Rod combined with a quality spinning reel set with a heavy duty replacement bearing and sturdy fly wire, are a must have for anyone who wants to take part in one of America’s favorite past times.
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