So you are looking to head out to a fishing pier to try your luck catching some fish from a pier. Fishing from a fishing pier can be tons of fun, but also can be a tad bit tricky to get use to. There are several things that you should learn about a fishing pier before heading out to see what you can catch. The first thing you need to know is what kind of fish is being caught at the pier.
So you heard about fishing with cut bait and wondered what all the fuss is about? Fish love cut bait especially bottom feeders like catfish and saltwater species such as striped bass, blue fish, drum, etc.. Surf casters have been using cut bait for as long as people have been fishing the surf, but the boat anglers have stayed clear of chucking bait chunks, which makes me wonder why?
You getting ready for this seasons surf fishing expeditions and you think about line again and what's the best surf fishing line available. This is a can of worms I getting ready to open up, but here I go anyway. Surf fishing line can be broken down into two categories mono and braid and which one is better is up for discussion, but I personally prefer mono over braid due to lack of wind knots and it not tearing up my rods and reels.
Fishing in the surf is a great way to spend a day or night chasing the fish that call the surf their feeding grounds. Fish such Striped Bass (rockfish), Flounder, Whiting (kingfish), Bluefish, and Sharks are just a few fish that come to the surf to feed. Targeting these fish in the surf is done generally by using bait on a rig such as a fish finder rig or a Hi-Lo rig (top bottom) with a pyramid sinker in the 4 to 10 oz range depending on wind and surf conditions. There are several different baits, which work well in the surf depending on what type of fish you are pursuing.
You would think something like surf fishing would be as easy as walking down to the beach sinking a couple of sand spikes and throwing out some bait and waiting for a bite. That is what most people do when they go out surf fishing but there are things that you can do to make your chances of catching fish a whole lot better.