- John Skinner
- "How to read the surf conditions"
I recommend 2" gulp camo sandworm, 1 oz Carolina rig, 2' fluoro leader. Fan cast, slow constant retrieve. If any fish are biting and are nearby, most likely will hit it.
First, do a little research on what time is the high tide and low tide in your target area. Second, find out what time is the slack, and the ebb and flow of current, third, learn to read the surf so you can identify the deep channels, rip tides, and the holes where fish are holding and waiting for easy meal. OR, you can scrap all these and simply scout for an old, filipino fisherman and copy what he's doing
Find a day when it's negative tide like -1, 08,09 and waves 5 feet at 9 seconds during that day. Over cast is a plus with a cold wind. If low tide is at 6 am and high tide is noon then start fishing at 9 am. The fish been sitting out in the negative tide and they are super hungry. For the first hour try anchovies cut the head off and use the whole fish 2/0-4/0 octopus hook. Best used in a rip tide or deep spot. Just let it drift out where stripers usually attack. When using sand crab find water where it's seems like they are colliding or find a double hole with a point between them and fish on both ends of the hole. If your catching perch move to the left or right so you can avoid them or just change spot because where there is a school of perch there is no stripers.
One thing that sets surf fishing aside from all other types of fishing is that its definitley all about being at the right place at the right time. 2 hours before incoming tide and 2 hours after. Sandcrab is the best bait to use hands down chances are if your throwing sand crab and not getting a bite there are no fish in the area. Move spots, look for birds,troughs, holes, white water you will eventually find them good luck!
For me, being at the right spot at the right time and knowing how to read the water helps. It took me 3 month till I caught my first striper. I was at Pescadero and found this long trough about 4 feet deep with a sand bar behind it. So I figure there was 2 ways in and out. Seeing lots of sandcrabs in there there's gotta be something. On the 4th cast, hooked me a 22 incher. This was during incoming high tide.