Don’t let the lack of a boat or kayak keep you from going fishing. You always have the alternative of fishing from the shore. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, dams, piers, bridges, breakwaters are all good options and offer anglers the opportunity to catch good fish, without the expense and hassle of having a streak.
As with other types of fishing, fishing from shore requires commitment, practice, and attention to detail. Here are some tips for good fishing from shore.
Throw your hook parallel to the shore. Most of the time the fish are close to the shore or at the limit of depth changes close to shore.
1. Make recognition of the place
After arriving at the place where you are going to fish from the shore, resist the temptation to immediately start casting. First, take a few minutes to walk around and observe the water and look for places that can attract fish, such as vegetation, branches, and trunks, platforms, docks, etc. Make a mental map of the place and define a strategy before fishing. Doing this will help you concentrate on the areas most likely to be fished. Also pay attention to the fish, as seeing a handful of fish can give you an idea of what the predatory fish are doing. You can also use the best tactical flashlight guide that can help you make the recognition of the place much easier.
2. Stay low
Ponds, streams and other shore fishing sites often have little coverage. Because of this, your silhouette can betray your presence even before you cast the hook. If possible, try to stand next to a tree, shrub or anything that hides you from the fish. If it’s sunny, try to keep your shadow out of the water. Fish are attentive to the shadows of birds and herons, shade scares them away.
3. Throwing in parallel
When we arrive at the place it is normal that we throw the hook as far and to the center of the water. Unfortunately doing this may not be the best, why? because most of the time the fish are close to shore or at the limit of depth changes close to shore. You have to resist temptation and pull parallel to the shore. In addition to having your bait where the fish are, you can keep it longer in the water, and as a result, you’ll have a better chance of it biting.
4. Reduce the size of the bait
Using the right bait and size means you’ll catch more fish. In shallower waters, such as those you find when fishing from shore, the food of predatory fish is usually small. So you have to reduce the size of your bait to suit the place. The right size will make the fish bite more. If you’re using a worm, opt for a 4-inch or 5-inch model instead of an 8-inch model. If you are using spinnerbait, change it to one of ¼ or 1/8 ounces.
5. Light load
Fishing from the shore means that we will walk considerable distances to find the best place. Not having a boat to put our equipment on, means that we will have to carry rods, reels and a case of hooks and baits. This can complicate things, so the idea is to carry a single rod and reel that is versatile and in a backpack carry a small case with the essentials. This way, walking among vegetation or rocks will be easier, you will tire less and you will get to the place faster. This will give you more time to fish. Try to reduce your arsenal of fishing from shore to these 5 presentations: a topwater, a mobile bait with glitter, like spinnerbait, a mobile bait with noise, like crankbait, soft and slow plastic and a thin bait.