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Surf Fishing can be unpredictable. You never know what the fishing will be like. Of course you plan your trips around the best opportunities to catch fish but it doesn’t always work out.

Sometimes you just want to go out and try your luck. I do it myself. That’s one of the reasons I like salted baits. They’re ready to use on a moments notice. After they’re salted I keep them in a container packed in salt. They do not go bad but there is a little odor. So I keep a cover on the container. All I have to do is put some in a baggy and head out. I love the convenience factor.

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You Should Be Using Circle Hooks For These Reasons

You probably already know that circle hooks are designed in such a way that they always hook the fish in the corner of the mouth but do you know why that happens?  The curve in the hook prevents it from becoming lodged as the fish tries to swallow it. Instead it slides forward and hooks them in the corner of the mouth as they try to swim away.

With a circle hook you shouldn’t try to set the hook when a fish strikes. You want the fish to take your bait and swim away with it. The fish actually sets the hook for you by swimming away. This is important because surf anglers usually have their rods sitting in a sand spike waiting for a strike. They are not prepared to set the hook on a strike and they don’t need to.

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Shark Identification Features

Fishing for sharks has become more popular recently. If you want to fish for sharks in Florida there’s three things to learn in order to stay within the law.

  • Some shark species are protected and must be released if caught. It is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell or exchange prohibited shark species.
  • There are 4 sharks that you are allowed to keep 1 per day as long as they meet the minimum size limit.
  • There are 6 sharks that have no minimum size limit. However there is a bag limit of two fish or 100 pounds per person, per day -whichever is more.  If you harvest two fish that have a combined weight of 150 pounds, that is your limit for that species.

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Surf Fishing Bait

Choosing the best surf fishing bait is a somewhat of an art and a science. It’s a good idea to have more than one type with you just in case you didn’t choose the right one.

The picture above shows my good friend Larry getting bait with a cast net for a fishing trip we were planning.

Match Your Bait To The Currently Available Bait In The Surf

This almost sounds like common sense but you have to look at it a little differently.

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I have three different ways of getting my gear to the beach. Which one I use depends on the situation and the purpose.

Method #1 – Hit & Run/Lean & Mean

Surf Rod And Bucket

This is good when I’m trying out potential spots, new locations or monitoring seasonal transitions. I bring a minimal amount of gear. I’m very mobile and not planning to spend a lot of time in any one spot.

This method is best used for exploratory when you’re not familiar with a location or haven’t been out in awhile. You can try several locations in a short amount of time

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Run Out
The arrows in the picture above indicate how the water flows during high tide. If you have read any of my previous articles then you know the best place to set up is right in front of the rip outflow.

For the novice surf angler this can be much more difficult to locate when you are looking for it at high tide.

In this article I will show you two super easy ways to locate the best place to fish and find a rip like this at high tide.

This only works of course, if there actually is a rip.

Super Simple Method #1

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Surf Casting

First I Want To Explain Why I Prefer Braid Rather Than Monofilament

Personally I prefer to use braid rather than monofilament. Although it does cost more I like the fact that it doesn’t stretch.  Especially when you have a lot of line out. I want to know I will get a good hook set. Take Tarpon for example. They have a very hard mouth. With the stretch factor in monofilament you might not get a hook set at all. Can you imagine the disappointment. You hook a large Tarpon and it jumps once. It’s the fish of a lifetime. Then your line goes slack!

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Skunked

Even after you’ve done everything right there’s no guarantee you will catch any fish. That’s me in the picture above getting totally skunked the other day.  It was a perfect morning (or so I thought). The tide and surf was just the way I like it.  I setup in a spot that has produced well on other days but I didn’t even get a strike. So what went wrong?

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