Sunday, March 24, 2013

Surf Fishing

Today's picture shows a man Surf Fishing. I have never tried it, but it looks like you stand on the beach, and cast the line out into the ocean. Maybe someone who has done this can cast more light on it. It seems like it would be hard to get the line very far out there, and that the waves would be washing the bait back towards you and up on the shore. The picture was taken at Long Beach in New Jersey.


  1. You use much heavier weights and lures when you surf fish for that reason.

  2. I can't catch anything no matter how I fish.

  3. add to the comment poles (todays) are much longer than the average pole, for the same reasons...lots of surf fishing here (Florida east coast).

  4. I think the hat and tie are an important part of the entire business, Maybe that's why Myrtle doesn't catch anything? See? Nobody but the guy in the derby has had any luck at all.

    1. You may be right, I have never worn a hat and tie while fishing! That must be it!

  5. Ahhhh ... I'd surf fish with my grandpa when I was a kid, only we'd use a coke bottle with the line spun around. You'd spin the weight end of the line real fast and then throw it to the surf (from knee deep), with the bottle point straight ahead, so the line would be released. You had to watch the weight and put your thumb down to the line as soon as it sank, or else you'd make yourself a mess of the line.

    After the throw you'd just wait there, talking, holding the like a bit stiff with one finger, so as to feel the slightest pull. As a kid I often mistook the receding water on the weight as fish, and pulled the line only to find my bait still there.

    Grandpa was really an inventive man. We'd spend summer vacation with him on the beach, lots of fishing, flying home-made kites, etc. Nice memories, thanks for the photo PJ!

  6. My uncles would all surf fish on Cape Cod where most of our families would spend the summer, in my youth. They caught a variety of fish. Seems like they had to base their fishing upon a tides chart. Which is a chart of when the tides are high and low, as they changed on a daily basis since they are created by the pull of the moon. Seems like there might be some moon phases, also, that worked into the mix. To tell the truth after not being there for more than 50 years, I don't recall exactly when the best time was to fish. I do know that it wasn't everyday, but I do recall them all heading out either in the early dawn or dusk for the best results.

    It is a more 'active' fishing than along the lazy rivers, streams or lakes that most of us inlanders do. Casting heavy lures and baits frequently can be quite tiring. One of my uncles used to claim he was only good for 20 casts so the fish had better be ready!

    Seems like the trick was to get your lure/bait out into the zone where the water coming in and the water receding from the shore created a 'calm' spot that the food and bait fish would hang out in. And of course, they were trying to catch the fish that came in after the bait fish.

    Can't swear to much of this as it has been a while.

    MT C