Guidelines For the Best Time to Go Surf Fishing

The best time to go surf fishing has to be answered in a number of different ways. To address this topic we must consider what is meant by, “the best time”. Are we referring to the time of year, the time of day, the tidal movements, the phases of the moon or the weather situation? There’s a lot of room for interpretation. I will address them all in this article.

What is the Best Time of Year?

Since I am not considering any particular location, as a general rule of thumb I would have to say spring and fall. Now that doesn’t mean if you are fishing in the winter or summer that the surf fishing will be poor. It most likely just won’t be outstanding. That being said, it doesn’t mean the fishing will be outstanding in the spring and fall. What it does mean is that given the same set of circumstances, the fishing will probably be better in the spring and fall. Surf fishing depending on your location can be good year round. If you know what you’re doing it isn’t difficult to catch fish in the surf year round.

What is the Best Time of Day?

This question is easier to answer. In the early morning just before dawn until 9 or 10 AM and in the evening an hour or two before dusk. This follows the nocturnal feeding habits of the fish. During the summer when a lot of the beaches are occupied by sunbathers, dusk might be your best bet after they have left the beach. In some areas the rule is no fishing in swimming areas from the time lifeguards go on duty until the time they go off.

What is the Best Tide Time?

It’s no secret that the tides affect surf fishing. Moving water at the surf line is good for fishing. High tide is best because it’s easier to cast out and reach the deeper water. The window of opportunity is two hours before high tide and two hours after. Slack tide which is right between high tide and low tide is not productive for surf fishing. Low tide in most areas is usually only good for scouting the beach for ideal fishing spots.

What are the Best Moon Phases?

The moon not only plays a part in the tidal movements, it also affects the fishing. Let me explain. The moon produces the most extreme tide changes, referred to as spring tides, during the new moon and the full moon. The water moves faster during the change in tides from high to low tide and the total change in depth is the greatest.  This is the best time to fish the surf. Also, common belief is that during a full moon the fish feed most of the night.

What are the Best Weather Conditions?

Weather conditions are a little more difficult to address because of all the different kinds of weather factors. An onshore breeze if it isn’t too strong is a plus. Cold fronts are negative factors. High wind and surf is also bad. High winds make it difficult to fish and the water clarity is very poor. Low pressure is better than high pressure during a spring tide. When the weather conditions have been poor for the last 24 hours the fishing won’t improve until the fish have had a chance to acclimate. Sometimes it may take a day or two depending on how severe the weather has been.

Now after considering all the best times for surf fishing, it’s easy to understand how these situations can work together when they occur at the same time. When planning to go surf fishing try to take advantage of the time when several of these conditions overlap each other. 


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Up Your Game with a Copper Wedge

If you’re having trouble with your golf game, look into getting a Callaway forged copper wedge. How will it help your game? Let’s say you are like me and have trouble navigating the various hazards most golf courses have these days. Hazards are only a problem if you are not using the proper club to get past them. That is where this wedge comes in. Now you can use your old wedge that is likely heavy and interferes with your swing, or you can do what I did and get this type of wedge. The benefits are amazing.

The best thing about a copper wedge is that it is much lighter than your typical wedge. Continue reading Up Your Game with a Copper Wedge

Honda Accords Are Put Together in the United States

My All-American neighbor who is very political about keeping jobs in the US drives around in a 2016 Accord Coupe. However, he does point out that the Accord is assembled in Ohio. There is that global market thing where parts are sourced from different countries with final assembly being in America. That is better than nothing. It is nice having car plants still operating in the United States. I pass one on the way to a friend’s house who lives in Ohio. It is only about an hour from my house. The Honda brand is Japanese, but they are put together here. This is how my friend can support American manufacturing while still driving an import that he says provides him a high value for his car-buying dollars.

I like the Honda Pilot SUV. I have not ever been a car person. I have always been into vehicles that have at least some off-road capability. At the bare minimum, I like a vehicle that can get you through the winter snows here. They are not as bad as they are a bit farther north. Continue reading Honda Accords Are Put Together in the United States

I’ve Fallen in Love with a Gemstone

My daughter is one of those people who loves to collect a certain kind of thing when she becomes interested in it. Once she was interested in horses and wanted to collect different horse action figures and pictures of horses. She then became interested in yo-yos and collected different yo-yos from around the world. Lately she has been into gemstones, and the gemstone she wanted most recently was a kunzite gemstone. I had never heard of kunzite gemstones before, but I knew my daughter wouldn’t stop asking for them if I didn’t help her get one, so I started looking.

Looking at the usual stores didn’t help me find the gemstone I wanted, so I turned to some online stores. Continue reading I’ve Fallen in Love with a Gemstone

The Pros and Cons of Fluorocarbon Line – Ultralight Fishing

When it comes to ultra light fishing, one of the most important pieces of tackle is the fishing line. It can make the difference in catching your limit or going home empty handed. I think that Fluorocarbon Fishing Line has many great benefits but you need to consider the Pros and the Cons. Below I compare fluorocarbon line to the more popular nylon monofilament line.

The PROS of fluorocarbon fishing line:

1) Invisibility – The refractive index of fluorocarbon is close to that of water, making it just about invisible in the water. This, of course, is very important, especially in clear water. Nylon monofilament, on the other hand, is more visible underwater.

2) Abrasion resistance – Fluorocarbon line has superior abrasion resistance when compared to nylon mono. Abrasion resistance is the capacity of the line to withstand wear due to friction, rubbing, or scraping.

3) It sinks – Fluorocarbon is denser than water, making it sink (unlike nylon). This is great when fishing deep. It reduces (or eliminates) the bow/arch of the line which is caused by it floating.

4) Doesn’t absorb water – Fluorocarbon has a closed cell structure that does not absorb water. Nylon monofilament absorbs water which weakens it.

5) Low Stretch – Fluorocarbon is stiffer than nylon making it have lower stretch and higher sensitivity to fish bites. With low stretch line you can feel every little thing that is going on at the end of your line.

The CONS of fluorocarbon fishing line:

1) Manageability – Fluorocarbon line is a little harder to manage that nylon line due to the stiffness and higher memory. This makes it tougher to use on spinning reels. Since fluorocarbon manufacturers are constantly improving their lines, I don’t think this will be an issue for too long. There are already fluorocarbon lines that are softer and have lower memory.

2) Knot strength – Fluorocarbon is *supposedly* not as good with knot strength as nylon monofilaments. You have to take the extra care to tie your knots well (as with nylon). Some of the higher end fluorocarbons actually have a better knot strength than nylon monofilaments, so those lines do not belong in the “cons” section.

I personally think that the benefits of fluorocarbon fishing line outweighs the negatives. The higher quality premium fluorocarbon lines almost completely fixed the negative problems associated with it. I know that I will definitely consider fluorocarbon lines for ultralight fishing.


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