Do not let the lack of boat or kayak prevent you from going fishing. You always have the alternative of fishing from the shore. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, dams, docks, bridges, breakwaters, all are good options and offer fishermen the opportunity to catch good fish, without the expense and inconvenience of having a lacha.
As in other types of fishing, fishing from the shore requires commitment, practice and attention to detail. Then I share some tips for you to have a good fishing from the shore.
Tips for fishing from the shore
1. Have recognition of the place
After arriving at the place where you are going to fish from the shore, resist the temptation to start throwing immediately. First, take a few minutes to walk around the place and watch the water and look for places that can attract fish, such as vegetation, branches and logs, platforms, docks, tacklebox, etc. Make a mental map of the place and define a strategy before fishing. Doing this will help you focus on the areas of greatest fishing probability. Also pay attention to fish, since seeing a handful of fish can give you an idea of what predatory fish are doing.
2. Stay low
Ponds, streams and other places fishing from the shore often have little coverage. Because of this, your silhouette can betray your presence even before you throw the hook. If possible, try to stand by a tree, bushes or anything that hides you from the fish. If it’s sunny, try to keep your shadow out of the water. The fish are attentive to the shadows of birds and herons, the shadow scares them.
3. Launches in parallel
When we arrive at the place it is normal for us to throw the hook as far and to the center of the water. Unfortunately doing this may not be the best, why? Because most of the time the fish are near the shore or at the limit of the depth changes from near the shore. You have to resist temptation and runs parallel to the shore. In addition to having your bait where the fish are, you can keep it longer in the water, and as a result you will be more likely to bite.
4. Reduce bait size
Using the right bait and size means you will catch more fish. In shallow waters, such as those you find when fishing from the shore, the food of predatory fish is usually small. So you must reduce the size of your bait to adapt to the place. The right size will make the fish bite more. If you are using earthworm, opt for a 4 or 5 inch model instead of an 8 inch one. If you are using spinnerbait, change it to one ¼ or 1/8 of an ounce.
5. Light load
Fishing from the shore means that we are going to walk considerable distances, until we find the best place. By not having a boat where to put our equipment, it means that we will have to carry rods, reels and hook and bait cases. This can complicate things, so ideally, carry a single rod and reel that is versatile and carry a small case with the essentials in a backpack. So walking between vegetation and rocks will be easier, you will get less tired and you will get to the place faster. Which will give you more time to fish. Try to reduce your arsenal to fish from the shore to these 5 presentations: a topwater, a mobile bait with glitters, such as spinnerbait, a mobile bait with noise, such as crankbait, a soft and slow plastic and a fine bait.