Floating docks are the closest price one can pay to get an idea of how to stomp on the ground while suspended over the ocean. This is because they are built on the water, which allows to have an extended piece of land for those who use this dynamic structure in the form of a bridge. These are carried out in various settings, starting with the ports on whose surface maritime cargo is transported to docked ships. There is also the contemporary option that comes in the form of impressive developments of commercial structures that are suspended on concrete pillars over the sea.
One of the premises of how marine construction is an extension of the mainland, for the inhabitant of the sea, is to satisfy the need for limited land on these axes. A large percentage of anglers out there today can probably say that their first fishing experience was from the shore or dock. I still have a photo of myself at four years old, sitting on the bank with a three foot Zebco in hand and wearing my cowboy hat and boots.
Ah, those were the days.
Fishing from the shore is pretty much the same as fishing from a boat; you just have to think a little backwards. That is, in most cases, you have to cast out into the lake and retrieve towards the shore, versus the other way around. This guide will show different aspects of fishing from the bank, along with techniques that I have found to produce quality, shoreline fishing trips.
The first thing to remember is that fish usually hold tight along the bank and trudging down to the water’s edge, with gear and stuff jangling and making large amounts of racket is the first no-no. I’m not saying you have to belly crawl, but actually sneaking up on the bank is the best approach. A light step and slow quiet movements are optimal at best.
Try to set up shop at least twenty feet from the shore. Generally, in public parks and FWA’s, there are picnic tables nearby and are usually the optimal distance from the bank.
As far as tackle is concerned, less is more.
Some shoreline anglers believe they have to bring all their gear and poles and if you’re not gonna venture off to other parts of the lake or river per say, I guess that’s alright. However, most anglers know you have to change spots in order increase your chances of catching more fish.
I don’t mean that you should leave the rest of your gear at home, it’s just that your car isn’t gonna be too far away. You can always bring too much, just leave the extra stuff in the trunk.
I usually take along two of each type of lure I may need for the conditions, one pole; two at the most and sometimes a cooler. The cooler is either for Panfish fishing or a place to put a fish in order to keep from spooking the others.
When I venture off into the woods or to a secluded spot, it’s usually a decent hike to where I want to go. I have one small, plastic utility case, (actually it’s a used, plastic, wall hanging fixtures case that is sectioned off into four compartments. It’s the perfect size) a pair of pliers for removing hooks, a towel and a collapsible lunch bag to put everything into. I bring a couple of bags of Berkley Gulp plastic worms and one pole; two if I’m feeling frisky. That is usually all I need.
I put a two inch lipped minnow, a couple of small jigs, a small spinner and some extra hooks, swivels and weights in the plastic case. Everything but the pole fits in the lunch bag, the pole breaks down and I’m tearin’ off through the woods with nothing but the terrain to slow me down. If I need or want other lures that won’t fit in the case, I just put them in the bag and I can usually fit a bottle of water in there as well.
The point is, keep your gear to a minimum and you’ll be extra mobile.
You don’t need the entire tackle box to fish from the shore, unless you’re pulling an all-nighter in one spot, then the situation may require everything and the kitchen sink.
Try to make your first cast from about ten feet away from the edge of the water. Look for the right conditions, (overhanging trees, sunken timber, or rocky points and cast parallel to the shoreline. Many shoreline anglers walk right up to the water and cast straight out as far as they can, often missing the fish right in front of them, or just a few feet down the shore.
You might catch a fish by casting out to the depths of your particular body of water however, chances are it’s gonna be a while, especially if you use a crank type lure or bait. In order to catch fish that far from shore you have to go deep and keep your presentation there for some time. As I mentioned earlier, most fish, even the big ones, hold tight to the shore.