SURFCASTING IN SPRING

I love springtime, warmer days and longer daylight hours for surfcasting means you can fish more comfortably in the surf.  It also is a great time to target fish off the beach, as they have awakened from the colder winter conditions to feed more actively before spawning starts.

I have discovered from experience, that there are a few things you should do when surfcasting over springtime that will help you land more fish.

TIDES STILL KEY

As with all forms of fishing, planning your trip out around the tide is key to success.  I surfcast predominately on the west coast of Northland and the best tides are outgoing, at low tide or just after low with an incoming tide.  This is because the dropping tide allows you to fish in guts or off sandbanks where fish are moving and feeding.

The stronger currents also stir the bottom uncovering bait such as crabs, shellfish and sand dollars.  Here you will find fish such as snapper, trevally, dogfish and gurnard that are all commonly caught in spring.

I have enjoyed my best fishing when I have been at a sandbank two hours before low and fished for another hour when it turned to come in.  This three-hour window over the low tide always produces the goods.

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