Right place, right time is the key in surf broadcasting

Right place, right time is the key in surf broadcasting

Craig Pappas had his best day ever fishing for perch on Super Bowl Sunday. He caught nearly his maximum number of walleye perch, but only kept three 14-inchers for a friend’s dinner. (Contributed)

Location, location, location. We’ve heard realtors touting this to us for years. Real estate values ​​vary depending on the area of ​​the site. Well, the same can be said about fishing.

As avid fishermen, of course we want to be where the fish are. And the fish swim. They’re not always in the same place. Nowhere is this concept more important to us surfcasters. The nearshore environment is relatively fluid, moving all the time and in a constant state of reshaping itself according to waves, swell, currents and winds. Recognizing the underwater structure in the surf zone is a key component to success in shore fishing. Tracking these changes is key to surfcasting.

Just as important as “where” we fish is “when.” Surfperch and Stripers seem to prefer low-light conditions, so dawn and dusk are naturally the preferred times of day to come ashore for a few hundred casts or so. More important in our timing is the high tide. There is a familiar saying that refers to “two hours before high tide and two hours after.” As a general rule, it pays to follow this advice because the water is deeper during high tide. But depending on the particular beach and current structure, anglers sometimes find more success at low tide, which may serve to allow closer access to deeper holes and basins outside of casting range when the tide is all the way to shore.

Example: I fished at a nearby beach in my city last Saturday. The dog needed to run anyway, so off we went. I worked hard the entire beach, casting into every little pocket and ripping the current I could find between some very large waves. Didn’t get a single bite. On Sunday, our friend Craig Pappas went to the exact same beach, with almost the same run. The difference was that I was there in the late afternoon during very low tide, and it worked out perfectly at high tide. It made all the difference in the world.

“I had my personal best fishing session this afternoon,” Pappas recounted. “Caught 12 of which nine were in the 14 inch/2 pound range. Lessons learned today. I caught a fast tide. All fish were caught in depths between 2 feet Into four feet of water. In the white water in front of the breaking waves and just behind the breaking waves. Sometimes very close. And everyone was on camouflaged sandworms. Two and six inch GULP! Sandworms, sitting in the white water. Not being retrieved. Keep moving On the beach with the tide changing. I kept three 14″ ones. They are going to an old friend of mine who loves perch but can’t beach fish anymore. It was a great day!

Allen Bushnell also operates a surf fishing and broadcast guide service at Santa Cruz Kayak. Please send your reports, photos and questions to scruzfishing@yahoo.com

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