Saltwater pier fishing is very popular among new anglers!
Many will agree, it’s easier to catch fish and even seasoned anglers like it because these locations are very accessible. There are a variety of fishing piers and public parks that are located close to ocean shorelines, beaches and boardwalks. But before you start, make sure you’ve got the right fishing gear for the kind/size of fish you want to catch as well as the conditions of the area where you’re going to fish.
With pier fishing you’ll only need basic fishing tackle. Furthermore, piers vary in range and depth so there’s a good chance you’ll catch different types of fish. And of course, regardless of where you go, don’t forget there are other anglers so you need to give each other space when casting.
You can start with the following:
- 6 to 9-foot medium heavy rod, one that’s resistant to corrosion
- A float or popping cork so the live baits don’t end up at the bottom
- Different types of lures like top-water plugs, spoons, plastic shrimp, jig lures or live bait like shrimp
- Various types of sinkers. You can try egg and split shot sinkers, just make sure you’ve got heavy ones if you’re going to fish in strong currents
- You may opt for the 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader line or a 10 to 15-pound test braid
As for the fishing spots there’s no lacking in options. Long pilings are always a good choice as small marine plants, barnacles and oysters are often found here. These, along with bait fish, serve as food for large saltwater fish. Pilings and rocks are also used by fish as sun covers and to hide from larger fish predators. For the best results, use a natural soft head lure.
Other Good Fishing Spots
The majority of fishing piers are close to bulkheads or seawalls to prevent the shorelines from deteriorating, but they’re also great spots for casting because fish often go there to hide and get food. Just drop any of the lures or baits mentioned above. Bounce or jig them close to the structure’s base and you’ll land a few fish soon enough.
Saltwater Surf Fishing
Surf and pier fishing have a lot in common but there are also some differences too. Surf fishing gives you greater freedom to move around, and if necessary you can get in the water to get closer to the fish. You’ll also have the chance to catch a wide range of species like the sea trout, pompano, striped bass, snook, redfish and flounder among others. Since there are literally thousands of beaches, you should get a topo map so you’ll know what the ocean floor looks like in the area.
Lastly, bring a 7 to 12 ft. medium to heavy rod with you, as well as a 17 to 20 lb. test line with a 40 lb. test leader line. You should also bring an assortment of hooks, lures and baits, similar to what you would take when fishing in piers. Once you have the gear, it’s all just a matter of finding the right location.