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texag7
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Surf fishing tips
Never fish the surf but trying this weekend

Planning on a few rods. Popping cork and shrimp. Maybe a golden spoon on another

Want to get a few eatable size reds and trout hopefully

Would I be better off sticking to the bay?


Marlo Stanfield
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re: Surf fishing tips
The surf is awesome to fish when it’s on. I haven’t looked at the forecast but if you have light north wind and the surf lays down, go. I throw artificial only, but I know they wear them out on shrimp and croakers if the fish are there. I usually throw a top water first thing in the morning and then switch to plastics, mirrolures, spoons, etc after the sun comes up. Sometimes the bite isn’t until late morning, mid day, early afternoon, and you just missed them, but you never know if you don’t go.
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Junky
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re: Surf fishing tips
Someone had a nice surf fishing thread a year or two ago.


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DaphneTigah
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re: Surf fishing tips
I fished the beach here in Alabama on Dauphin Island this past weekend 3 mornings in a row. We were free lining live croakers with no cork. And wore out 19-22 inch trout from 5:30am -7:30am. Every morning around 7:30 the bite would shut down hard and they quit biting.

Threw some matrix shads and hooked up a few but there is so much live bait on the beaches that I would recommend you bring live bait. Croakers.


Mister Bigfish
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re: Surf fishing tips
Surf fishing where?

Big difference between surf fishing Florida and surf fishing in Grand Isle.


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Koolazzkat
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re: Surf fishing tips
Bring a chartreuse rattle trap too.


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armsdealer
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re: Surf fishing tips
Fish have been on the beaches here in Louisiana for weeks now, two biggest problems you run into are undersized and they are over fished where you can get easy access to them from land.

Where are you going? This upcoming week they should be on, good tide movement is key for specs and the tide is moving good the areas I like to fish, it goes to NOTHING after that.


LSUdude3756
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re: Surf fishing tips
Going to Pensacola next weekend. Any thing there?


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TxWadingFool
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re: Surf fishing tips
Where are you headed? The surf on St Joe between Port A and POC is loaded with trout when the wind allows for folks to get out there. Caught about 50 yesterday in a half day with the biggest going 6+. I throw a super spook 99% of the time because I love catching them on top, the surf runners are a way different type of aggressive over what you catch in the bays. After the sun gets up and they go down deeper try soft plastics (down south super models) on 1/4oz jig heads.


TutHillTiger
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Dauphin Island huh. We need to go fishing. Seriously, always looking for people to fish with on DI.


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TutHillTiger
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re: Surf fishing tips
I assume you are on west end of Dauphin island in surf?


texag7
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re: Surf fishing tips
I was planning on going in Galveston but could go elsewhere
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BuddyRoeaux
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re: Surf fishing tips
Wade fishing has been hit and miss this year in BSL Waveland this year. The amounts of rain received in the north shore to Biloxi has completely thrown off the salinity of the tributaries and runoff’s. I went this past weekend and all I caught was a tan. I keep in my pocket this little guy:




Also a popping cork on with a artificial shrimp on it. All double rigs because it’s easy to switch. Over when you’re waist deep on the beach.

This year has been a let down due to all the rain. It has kept the water temps down, salinity bad, and water chocolate….
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TxWadingFool
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re: Surf fishing tips
I don't go that far north much at all but if the green water is up to first couple of bars then trout will be there. It is a early morning deal if walking in off the beach, they usually pull out deeper than you can wade once the sun gets up. Check out West End Anglers on FB for info and reports for that area. Be careful for rips and the current, if the current is so strong it's pulling the sand out from under your feet don't go to deep, and don't get in the water at all around San Luis Pass, way too many drownings around there every year.


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Marlo Stanfield
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re: Surf fishing tips
quote:

I was planning on going in Galveston but could go elsewhere


I fish the surf in surf side. Go down anywhere from access 3 to 5. I generally like to go in at access 5 and drive towards San Luis Pass until I see some shell on the sand. I don't know why I stop at the shell, but the shell is there for a reason, and isn't anywhere else along the beach, so I figure something different must be happening in that spot. And like texaswader said, you really want to look for good trout green water if there is any to be found. You can be in surf side or on the west galveston side of the pass and the water is brown and on the other side of the pass is green green. Just depends on wind directions, currents, the rivers, etc. Point is, don't just stop in one location necessarily.

Also, if you are a live bait guy, get you some trout candy (aka croakers) and rig your rod up with a chatter weight and 18" to 24" of leader with a bead just above a kahle hook tied on to the end. Best way to fish croakers.
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DaphneTigah
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re: Surf fishing tips
Yes west end. I usually put in about an hour before the sun rises and run in the dark and out there early.

Once the sun comes come up and the beach bite cools off I typically go run crab pots and channel markers looking for triple tail. And then end the day chasing reds in the marsh.


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LSU2001
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re: Surf fishing tips
Mirrodine Lure

I would add a mirrodine lure in some combination of chrome, black and orange. I was out at Timbalier island two weeks ago and smoked solid 19-20 inch specks on the mirrodine. I had tried live minnows, matrix shad, vudu shrimp and a spook but would only catch one here and there. I put the mirrodine on and caught the last 15 fish of my limit in less than an hour and they were really nice. Just wish I had tried it earlier, it was almost 11:00 o'clock when I tied it on. I caught 10 fish from daylight till 11:00 then 15 in the next hour. nothing else really changed except my bait choice guys one other boats around me were catching a few but sporadic like i was earlier. Once I started catching on almost every cast, they were still catching sporadically

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NOLAGT
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re: Surf fishing tips
Surf fishing in gulf shores this morning….sleep in the June grass is bad bad this morning.


LSUdude3756
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re: Surf fishing tips
Any tips for Pensacola?


NOLAGT
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re: Surf fishing tips
I haven’t fished P cola but I’d do the same I do here. Pomp rig with fish bites tipped with shrimp if you have it. I like the green shrimp and sand flea which is pink n white. If you can do 2 rigs like that put one close and one further. If there are waves busting the close one I like to put just past where they start to brake. If there is a sand bar close try to get on or in the back side of it. Look for cuts in the sand bar and fish that if you can reach them. Toss some artificial. Top water early if it’s clam. Mirro suspension jerk bait (white with red head or chartreuse). Rapula x raps. Cast master spoon in silver or gold. Gotcha lure. Some that I forget the name but metal with a treble at the end (some are flat some have a slight curve) in blue silver pink or chartreuse. You can cast and retrieve at different rates. I also jig them off the sand. Let them sink and give a big jerk, reel and repeat. If you catch a small fish and you have a open rig cut it up and fish some cut bait for shark or larger fish or free line some live. Sorry about the wall of text, I’m on the beach lol.


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