5 Shore Fishing Tips

5 Shore Fishing Tips and Techniques You Need To Know

Cover Water (3 of 5)

This point pretty much goes hand-in-hand with the fan-casting and the top/middle/bottom sections above. When you get the chance to fish from a boat, how often do you stay in the exact same spot? Probably a lot less than moving and grooving, looking for that hotspot. Once you find something that looks good or is producing fish, you go into lockdown and work things as hard as necessary. 

Well, the same goes for shore anglers. Why would you stand in one spot for hours on end unless you’re catching fish? Depending on the land you are fishing from, fan cast from a particular spot, work all levels of the water column and then move 20ish feet in either direction and similarly work the new area. 

Even if you’re at a cottage, once you finish fishing from the dock, walk down the shoreline and hit new water. If the neighbours love you, they’ll certainly let you access the water from their property as well.

Shore Fishing Tip for covering more ground
A major key to successful shore fishing is to make tracks and move, move, move. In a high percentage of times, if you cover the entire area in front of you, you will ultimately do much better than being stationary.

Continue to Page 4 for more Shore Fishing Tips that can drastically improve your results! 

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20 Replies to “5 Shore Fishing Tips and Techniques You Need To Know”

  1. Fan Cast? Top, Middle, Bottom? Cover Water? Slip float vs. Bobber? Waders, Shorts and Sandals? Wow! For a minute there I thought we were heading towards a wardrobe malfunction.

    I have done a lot of shore fishing in my life time and have come realize after reading this article, that shore fishing is quite similar to a Sonar Sweep. The logistics are so elementary. You never hunt down your target by confining your search to the same area.

    The “Fan Casting Sonar Sweep” technique, with a constant “left to right” and “right to left” motion, allows your bait to search for your intended target. A relentless pursuit that keeps the fish guessing. Alternating the length of your cast would be an added bonus that confuses your quarry and keeps it off guard.

    The “Top, Middle, Bottom” aspect goes hand-in-hand with the “Fan Casting Sonar Sweep”. We all want to know at what depth that gill-bearing aquatic craniate target is located or at least feeding. As you all know, various types of baits allow us to do just that. Locking on to your intended target gets quite easy. As you see, the bearing, range and depth, plays an important part in every presentation of angling.

    “Covering The Water” by constantly changing your shoreline location, is akin to being aboard a ship under sail, while utilizing the above mentioned techniques. Your so called “Attack Mechanism” is now multiplied, giving the shore angler an advantage very similar to those who fish from a boat.

    The “Slip Float vs. Bobber” is one of my favorite instruments in locating a target. We have all heard of “Variable Depth Sonar”. Oceanographic Documentaries utilize this type of equipment all the time to overcome temperature layers. The slip float is just that, an average persons variable depth fish locator.

    Finally we come to the “Combat Gear” portion of the program. Waders in the Cold, Shorts and Sandals in the Warm. Everyone knows, military personnel or in the this case Anglers, require the appropriate uniform to carry out their appointed rounds. Safety and security is utmost, allowing the attack and defend response to coincide and ultimately succeed.

    Man, this Sonar stuff is great. Just one word of caution, watch out for the Conservation Officer Shore Patrol. I hear their Brig is a nasty place.

  2. using drop shots ,bobbers and top water baits are my to go to techniques looking for structure and overhanging banks.I use to struckle with snaggs all the time but watching Fishing Canada they really have helped with my shore fishing 100%

  3. Fishing from shore was everything to me and my brother as kids , it helped us pass the long days until Dad could take us out . Great read thanks Pete !

    1. Your welcome Mike, glad you liked it. I too did the same, fished as much as possible from shore and then on the odd weekend, dad would get us out in the boat. Shore fishing is a great way to learn the basics and then some!

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