I am a saltwater fishing guide in California. I have decided to set up this blog so I can share some tips for both surf fishing and boat fishing. Having provided advice and guidance to fishing enthusiasts from all over the nation, and even the world, during guided trips, I have found it quite fitting to write about my own experiences as a fishing guide and a true-blue angler based in California, which boasts loads of fishing opportunities like ocean sport fishing, inland sport fishing and commercial fishing to indulge any fisherman’s or fisherwoman’s fancy. California has a host of fish hatcheries so there’s no shortage of recreational fish for you to target or even get a trophy catch from. There are historically good locations to fish, along with fish planting locations, Marine protected areas along with Quagga mussel infested waters.
You wade in the surf or stand on the shoreline while trying to catch fish. This is what surf fishing is all about. Not to be confused with pier fishing, surf fishing also uses live bait and artificial lures like its distant cousin. Most surf fishing is carried out in saltwater. A surf angler has to pay attention to the undertows and waves, which can be quite dangerous and can cause injury or even death. Use a wader belt with your wader when surf fishing to keep the waders from getting waterlogged in case you get submerged under water.
You also need to use the right kind of fishing tackle and gear, which can either make or break your surf fishing adventure. A surf fishing rod is usually between 7 and 18 feet long, ideally with an extended butt section. Choose the rod length suitable to the casting distance you intend to get. A saltwater spinning reel should be rated accordingly to ensure corresponding corrosion resistance. You may also need a sand spike rod holder so you don’t have to be holding the rod all the time and just leave the pole stuck in the holder. At least 20 to 25 pounds of fishing line should be enough. You also need some spider weights and pyramid weights, as well as live or artificial bait, depending on the location you’re fishing. A fishing cart with front wheels is necessary for holding your fishing supplies and your catch. Use a circle hook, which fish rarely swallow so releasing the catch should be effortless to enable it to fight another day. Use both hands when casting. Some fishers even use their whole body to achieve farther distance casting. Use a fishfinder rig, double-drop bottom rig or fireball rig.
Boat fishing can bring you farther on the water so you can catch many different species. It provides a smoother and shorter experience because you can move closer to the fish or even directly on top of your target. This eliminates the need to do farther and more forceful casting. Your casts should be noiseless and smooth. The type of boat you’re fishing on determines your fishing position. The stable deck of a pontoon boat lets you move about effortlessly. Small rafts and canoes will have you seated due to their small and constantly moving floor area. Beginning anglers should cast from the front of the watercraft so their companion can keep an eye on them and know when to assist them with rigging, unhooking or photograph taking. Moreover, be aware of your boat fishing companions. To avoid tangles or hooking lures when casting, leave enough room so you don’t hit your fellow boat anglers. In tight spaces, you may have to resort to sidearm casting, which is safer than the standard overhead cast. Wear some good fishing sunglasses to keep the glare of the sun against the water from your eyes so you can spot fish easily.