Is high or low tide best for surf fishing?
Fish the incoming tide. Arrive at low tide to scope out the beach and look for exposed structure so you can fish it later when it’s submerged. The best time to go surf fishing is (from) two hours before a high tide until an hour after high tide.
What is the best time of day to surf fish?
The 2 hours around high tide are known to be the best time of the day to fish the surf. Why ? Because during these 2 hours, the water is both deep and moving, and these are the optimal feeding conditions for most species of fish.
Where do fish go during low tide?
When saltwater fishing during low tide, look for snook, redfish, trout, flounder, bluefish, jack crevalle and ladyfish trapped in depressions with no access to deeper open water. They tend to gobble up all the forage they can find.
Is surf fishing good at low tide?
Low tide is known to be a bad time for surf fishing. The shallow waters at low tide make it unsafe and dangerous for most fish to approach the shore, forcing them to escape seaward in search of deeper and safer areas. As a result, casting the rod at low tide will not be as rewarding as high tide fishing.
What is the best way to surf fish?
Fishing just off the bottom is a common approach for surf fishing. Using a cast and retrieve technique places immense pressure on live baits, causing the bait to last only a short while. Unless fish are actively chasing live bait for the bite, use a heavy weight and let the fish come to you.
How far do you have to cast to surf fish?
So to answer our question, you only need 50-70 yards of casting distance when fishing off the beach. 50 yards will get you to the first sandbar (and sometimes the second) of most surfs, and if you are skilled enough to make it to 70 yards, you can benefit from the rewards we usually find in further spots.