Surf fishing

Discussion in 'Salt Water Fishing' started by Mark J, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Are there any salt water surf fishermen out there?
    One of my biggest passions is standing in the sand and suds fishing for red drum , blues, spot, croaker, and flounder.
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Don't forget them stripers when they are runnin Mark. LOL! I like when ya can see them in the curl of the wave chasein bait fish.
     

  3. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    My Dad took me surf fishing when I was a little boy (along time ago,LOL) ,that is how I got entroduced to fishing. I did a lot of surf fishing over the years in florida and texas. This kind of fishing is exilarating to say the least.
     
  4. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    surf fishing is an experience that i will never forget! nothing like the waves beating at your feet while you got a line in the water! never caught anything though..... :p
     
  5. BullDaddy

    BullDaddy New Member

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    Tanner, I lived in the New Orleans area for 10 years. We would surf fish at Grand Isle and have a ball. I caught quite a few Speckel Trout on a double rig. First time I went we could see all of the baitfish on top of the waves between the beech and where we where at. I then saw several fins cutting the water! Turned out to be Dolphin but it scared me silly for a minute. LOL:D



     
  6. gottafish

    gottafish New Member

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    Just took it up this past year. Can't wait for the drum run in Oct!! You'll find me in the conga line on the point. That is, of course, if the NPS let's us :cursing:

    /Scott
     
  7. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I read a few weeks ago where parts of the banks will have park service vehicles on the beach to guide fishermen and their 4 wheel drives through turtle nesting areas.
    sort of an escort service.
     
  8. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    The surf is where I'm always at when we head to the beach. Got a 10' medium/heavy rod and an opus 6000 reel loaded with 260 yards of 25 line. Can launch the bait at least 250 feet. I love it. Going down to cape canaberal in 6 weeks to try and drag in a black tip. We went to the beach two weeks ago in the Gulf. Didn't catch any thing but a truck load of ladies. It was fun to bring the in though. Good luck with yalls surfcasting.


    Matt
     
  9. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    Mark: don't forget the whiting, I love to eat fresh whiting. I know what you feel I also love the surf. There is something special about being able to put your hook in the biggest pond in the world and a fish finding it.
     
  10. yellowcat

    yellowcat New Member

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    I am planning to surf fish the third week in Oct. in Cherry Grove SC. Can anyone give me some pointers as to bait for that time of year. Last year I used shrimp and mackeral and did pretty good catching mostly small fish. This year I would like to up the odds of catching a drum or anything LARGE.
     
  11. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    If you see finger mullet in the surf, break out the throw net.
    try using a blue rig or fish finder rig.

    Surf fishing is just as much about what you see on the beach as in the water.
    Look for a place on the beach with alot of small pebbles or broken shells washed up . Within those you should find some sand flea shells.
    Fish there.
    Also watch the water and waves. When you see wave sets angling into the beach from different directions and sometimes the same direction watch where the water recedes. If there is a small slough where alot of this water runs together to then recede, fish there.
    Just like catfishing most people want to throw out as far as they can. That's fine if they are biting. Try just throwing to the first set of waves or breakers.
    I've always preferred fishing a rising tide.

    My baits of choice are live finger mullet, frozen finger mullet if I cant find live in the surf, and cut mullet.
     
  12. yellowcat

    yellowcat New Member

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    Thanks Mark J, I will use the info and let you know how i do. I can't wait to get there and start casting.
     
  13. Creteus

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    Hey Mark I need to go with you to the surf. Sounds like you know quite abit. Thanks for the info. It'll come in handy in the future

    Matt
     
  14. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    Creteus, ya caught a bunch of ladies? shucks I'm havin trouble catchin one! guess you'r usin better bait than me :eek:
     
  15. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    I'm far from a master at it, but I've had some good teachers.
    Reading the beach and the breakers is the key though.

    If you have an onshore wind for a day or so the water gets murky or off colored. Nothing is going to be in this water much but crabs and sand sharks,
    This is where distance casting comes into play. If you can can cast beyond the mud line you should catch fish.

    This time of year the wind is predominately a southwest wind which is a good wind to fish here.

    If you are drum fishing ( red drum or black drum) or redfish depending on locale, I've had the best luck at night.
    the redfish are much like the flathead about light.
    The best beaches are those found on the outerbanks with no houses or floodlights casting light onto the beach.
    Got a cousin that fishes almost exclusivelty for red fish. They utilized the above information to land 5 over 50 pounds from the outerbanks back in the spring.

    One of my favorite ways to fish is off the surf whether it's for, reds, blues, shark, spot, croaker, trout, flounder, or the black drum.
    Something about a big beach, beer, and cooling my feet off in the surf.
     
  16. Creteus

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    Mark. What kind of rig do you use when you hit the surf and how far out do you cast. I need to get some info from you so I don't waste my time in 6 weeks. I'd like to bring in about a 4 to 5' black tip. Be down in cape canaveral

    Matt
     
  17. jtrew

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    Matt, once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there used to be a place just above Canaveral called Titusville Beach; logically enough, it was just east of Titusville. It's all guv'mint land now, because of Canaveral, but if the roads are still open, you can surf fish at night for the sharks that come into shallow water. You can see a big glow from Canaveral from that area, but it's not close enough to see the individual bulbs. As I said, the sharks come in real close, so don't wade out very far at all, or you may become chum.
     
  18. Creteus

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    Well Jerry all I can do is try. Figured I'd put the big pole in the water, chain it to my chair and throw in a few smaller poles. Got my wifes help this time. LAst time I got a bite on one pole, tried to get'er in and a good ole skate took one of my other pole in the water. I lost the first fish, but saved the other pole in a long fight with an angree skate. LOL
     
  19. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    I went surf fishing twice in my life and had a really memorable time.
    Seeing as how I live so far into the mainland, saltwater fishing seems so foreign to me. Having the chance in Key West and again in Gulf Shores, AL was a lot of fun. I nailed quite a few interesting fish... and ate a lot of pompano.

    That is surely something I look forward to when next I go back to the ocean.

    Sal
     
  20. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    Look here fellas got a question about salt water line. I have an opus 6000 reel and had 50# line in it. It only holds around 170 yards of 50. I just respooled it with 300 yards of 20# so I can us it at the lake also. What I'm asking has anyone used 20# in the surf and will it hold up to larger game with 300 yards to spool around with. Thanks

    Matt