I had what was probably my best ever surf fishing sesh this last weekend.  I documented the trip in an article I posted for BD Outdoors.

While I was out there, I took a little bit of video (above) that I edited together to help illustrate some of the things I look for and do when I go surf fishing.  Please view the video and then read the text below for some insights on what you’re seeing…

On this particular morning, high tide was going to be around 9:30 and I got to the beach around 6:30.  For best results, you want to fish the incoming tide.  I use an app on my phone, Tides Near Me, to get the tide information.  When you are still learning though, I recommend you just go whenever you can so you can learn what to look for and how to recognize it.  Whenever possible, fish the whole incoming tide from low to high.  This allows you to scout the topography of the beach.  Note where there are troughs, dropoffs and depressions in the sand.  Those spots will hold fish when the tide come up.

The video opens up and I do a quick pan of the surf.  Couple things to note…see how there aren’t any whitecaps?  That’s great!  Wind makes it difficult to fish.  Also, notice how the waves themselves aren’t massive and there’s a nice interval between them?  When a wave comes up, and then recedes, that time before the next wave rolls in is when fish are dashing up to eat the sand crabs and other food that gets swirled around by the wave.  These conditions were close to ideal.

I go from the pan to showing what’s down at my feet.  I’m literally standing on a bed of sand crabs!  They were really thick and you can see how each wave kicks a bunch loose.  Breakfast time for the fish.  Usually, you’re not going to see it this good, but look for sand that isn’t smooth.  When the wave recedes, look for little V’s in the sand.  That V is the crab.

Then I show a still of a rigged crab (right).  When you are hooking the crab, you want to go between their legs on the side and hook the shell without piercing their body so they stay alive.

I demonstrate how if it is still alive, it will act like a live crab and burrow in the sand.  You’ll learn to recognize this when you get used to it.  Let him sit there, then when the water is in that recede mode, pop him out and hopefully there will be a hungry fish waiting there to slurp it up.

For corbina especially, I like to cast to the side and slowly retrieve it back…A) because I can maximize the time that I’m in that proper zone where they are feeding, and B) because they are such a spooky fish that it’s good to cast away from my shadow or just where I am fishing.

Hopefully, you learned something new here that can help you catch more fish.  If you’re finding this video for the first time, you may want to read some of my previous surf fishing articles as well:

Surf Fishing 101

Surf Fishing 102

How To Rig Live Sand Crabs and Catch Corbina





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