How to Surf Fish

Learning how to surf fish is a great way to relax while potentially catching dinner. Surf fishing combines two of the greatest activities: surfing and fishing. Here are some tips to help you learn how to surf fish.

You can surf fish in a variety of bodies of water including lakes and the ocean. In general it's best to avoid rough water or currents, as it can be difficult to maintain balance and control of your surf board when you're lying flat.

If you're already a surfer, you're ahead of the game. You need to be able to stay on your surf board without tumbling into the water, especially when paddling out. If you're looking for a new surf board to use specifically for this purpose, go for a longer, wider one, which will be easier to control. A good rule of thumb when paddling is to keep the nose of your board (the front tip) just out of the water. Your legs should stay on the surf board (not hanging over the sides). You'll have your upper body slightly raised off of the board with your arms extended into the water. Practice paddling without your fishing gear before you attempt to spend an afternoon surf fishing.

Next you'll need to load your fishing gear onto the surf board. You should compile it all into one box which will be stored near the nose of your surfboard (but not so close that it could slip off easily). The only pieces of equipment that may not fit into the box are a fishing pole and a fishing net, which you can lay alongside you.

Paddle out past the point of breaking waves and set up shop. This is where feeling comfortable and being able to balance on your surfboard will come in handy. You'll have to be able to sit up (straddling the surf board) and cast off from that position. The net can be used to keep your catch alive, or you can choose to throw fish back.

Keep in mind that surf fishing makes you a target for sharks, who will be drawn to the bait as well as any blood in the water. In addition, limbs dangling from surf boards often look like big fish or seals to sharks, who may take a bite to test the taste. Always be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you surf fish with a partner or with somebody on the beach, who will be able to call for help in the event of an emergency.

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