5 Shore Fishing Tips

5 Shore Fishing Tips and Techniques You Need To Know

Waders in the Cold, Shorts and Sandals in the Warm (5 of 5)

Just because you are fishing from shore does not mean you cannot cheat a bit. To get some extra distance on your cast and reach that “unreachable” hotspot from shore, why not don the waders or walk in thigh-deep? Quite often, there is an inside edge of a weedline running parallel to the shore. Let me tell you, an inside weed edge can be magical when it comes to holding fish. But often they curve or turn away from shore making them too far to cover. This is where wading comes in. You may not be able to reach all of these spots, but even one could be a game-changer.

Shore Fishing Waders
By stepping out from the shore and into the water, an angler can often gain lots of casting distance.

The bonus is—like some of Canada’s 2020 fishing summer so far—if the air temperatures are hitting the mid- to high-30s Celsius, why not have a bit of a cool-down?

In Closing

Hopefully, you found these shore fishing tips helpful. I would love to hear fishing stories from anyone who has tried some of these tips and techniques. Please leave me a comment below and send a pic or two to our Fish’n Canada Fan Page.

Hungry for more shore fishing tips and information? Check out our previous article detailing our Top Five Shore Fishing Spots in Southern Ontario.

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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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