Beach fishing is all about efficiency. For every single second that your sea bait is in the water, you want it to work to its maximum potential. Realistically, to be as efficient as possible, you would need to put a bait right on the nose of a fish time after time, but even if the fish were giving away their position you would be hard pressed to do it.
|Let Your Rig Search The Sea Bed|
|Imax FR Competition Beach Shelter|
|Fisheagle Hold Fast 1.8m Beach Tripod|
It is crucial to find the right balance of weight to the strength of the tide. With a light, 2oz weight in a strong tide your rig may roll by far too quickly, yet a heavy lead weight in a weak tide probably won’t move at all.
There are no set rules about how much weight to use, it’s up to you to work it out for yourself, and you’ll know when you’ve got it right.
|Penn Spinfisher VI Long Cast Reel|
Another hands-free way of moving your baits is by utilising the wave's action. By fishing a slightly slack line (not so slack that it bows on to the beach but not so tight that it’s like piano wire), you will be able to pick up this movement and transfer it to your rig.
|Tronixpro Beach Seat Box|
|Daiwa Crossflow 2pc Floatation Suit|
|Tronixpro Rig Float|
|Tronixpro Aphex Continental GT Rods|
There are loads more ways to get the most out of your rig while fishing, like extra-long snoods, or different diameter fishing lines… just far too many to mention in one article. These are some of the favoured ways to get your rigs working in the water but it’s always worth experimenting and trying new ideas, no matter how daft they may seem.
Top 5 Tips
- Search all of the seabed.
- Always use the tide to your advantage
- Cast uptide and let the lead weight swing round
- Use the right size sinker
- Plain leads work best
- Make sure you are using fresh bait at regular intervals
This article was brought to you in association with Sea Angler Magazine