Pier fishing tips
Pier fishing is a rewarding and productive way to fish from shore. I have been on several pier fishing trips and caught some of the biggest fish from a pier. Every angler should be familiar with the pier fishing techniques and courtesies. We will begin by discussing the basic pier fishing rules that all anglers must follow. Then we will discuss the techniques you can use to improve your pier fishing.
Get ready to go pier fishing
Because they are more wind-friendly than other options, spinning reels are common in pier fishing.
Depending on the species, technique and length of the rod, you can see everything from long surf rods to stiff saltwater rods that are made to fight monsters.
Both extremes can be justified. You might need to cast extremely long to overcome the fishing pressure, even if you have a pier with great access to the surf beyond. In deep water, where big fish hunt the pilings to catch prey, I have seen incredible fighters land rods using a combination skill and heavy tackle.
However, most people chase flounder, fluke, croaker and other inshore species that do not require specialized tackle.
A medium-power, fast-action inshore spinning rod with a length of around 7 1/2 feet is recommended. A long, comfortable handle is essential, as well as good guides and enough sensitivity to detect light strikes.
The St. Croix Mojo Inshore is one of my favorite rods. It’s a dream to cast with this blank. You can make a combination of it and a Daiwa BG spinning reel inshore that will outperform any other wind-busting rod.
Pier fishing Courtesy
Below are some pier fishing rules that anglers should be aware of:
- Anglers should not cast over their lines. There is nothing worse than reeling in a snake nest of lures and line. This will not make you friends and will eat up valuable fishing time.
- Fishing capacity – Anglers gravitate towards the end of the Pier to fish. Do not try to force your way into the end of the Pier if it is crowded. If you want to fish off the end, make sure you keep fishing the sides.
- Do not litter – there are worse things than leaving behind your trash or littering. Respect the environment you fish in and clean up after yourself.
- Fish on courtesy – If an angler near you catches a fish, it is your responsibility to reel in. Too many times I’ve seen this happen. An angler may catch a huge fish that crosses lines, causing an angler to lose it. I advise you to catch the fish and reel it in.
Pier Fishing Techniques
Below are some tips and tricks to help you catch more fish from the pier.
- Understanding the current and the surrounding terrain underwater is crucial. This will allow you to position yourself to take advantage of the current. These are the areas where fish often feed, so make sure you target them. Be familiar with the terrain beneath your lure. Is there any drops or holes that you can target? Are there rock beds or weed? What is the best depth at which to place your lure.
- Jig close to your fisherman – Anglers who cast far out often don’t want to jig near their peers. I have caught many fish right in front me by jigging upward and downward.
- Anglers should fish the sides. Most anglers will crowd towards the end of a fishing pier, but they don’t pay much attention to the sides. The sides can hold as many fish and are less congested.
- How to catch a fish – Before you begin fishing, you need to know how you will catch your catch. Is it better to use a drop net, or walk it to shore? You can plan ahead so that you don’t panic when you reel in the monster.