If you are searching for a new method of fishing, then you should consider pier fishing. Pier fishing is a technique whereby you fish from a pier, which is a structure that is raised above water and is supported by pillars or piles.
Anglers are very successful at catching smelt, white croaker, mackerel and skates from piers. Many coastal areas have great piers, such as Florida, California, Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi. You can fish in freshwater and saltwater from a pier that covers any body of water, whether it is a lake, ocean or river.
One of the advantages of fishing from piers is that you can reach depths that can not be reached from the shore. Piers help fish find food and avoid predators and the best fishing gear can help fishermen catch fish from a pier.
Pier Fishing Gear
Pier fishing requires special bait, tackles and equipment. Anglers will need fish gear that will attract fish by the smell of the bait. Some pier fishing gear includes the following:
Sinkers: Sinkers are designed to keep the bait in deep water and keep it at a steady pace with the current. If you are on the up tide side, the tide will hold the sinker on the seabed. The sinker can also use the current to help anchor your line.
Tackles: Heavy tackles are good for pier fishing. If you catch a large fish, you will have to lift the fish from the water to the pier.
Lures and Bait: Popular pier fishing bait includes sardines, squid, bloodworms, shrimp, anchovies and sabikis, which can be used as bait for a variety of fish.
Hooks: The most commonly used hook for pier fishing are J hooks.
Reels: Reels come in a choice of conventional or bait caster or traditional. However, the reel you choose should be strong and resistant to saltwater.
Rods: The length of your rod must be long enough to keep the fish from tangling beneath the pier, long enough to reach out from the pier and it must be short enough to manage easily.
Pier Fishing Tips
Now that you have chosen your fishing method and your gear. Below are all-around tips to help you catch fish from the pier.
Time of day: The best time of day to pier fish is dusk and dawn if you are using bait.
Seagull Watch: Birds, especially seagulls, usually circle the pier and they can spot fish patterns and movements at certain times of the day.
No Need to Cast: There is no need to cast. The fish hang around the pier to find food and safety.
Underwater Structures: Find or create submerged structures along or near the pier. The structures are excellent hiding areas for fish.
Live Bait: Choosing a bait is an important part of fishing on the pier. Check with the locals for recommendations.
Cloudy Water: Search for cloudy water. Fish tend to hang around in cloudy water to disguise themselves.
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