If you have been a fisherman for very long you will understand that sometimes surf fishing is unpredictable. Often the most important thing is just to have a line in the water. Anything can happen!
One of the best fishermen that I know, simply goes fishing, regardless of tide, time, and conditions. He gets amazing fish when you wouldn’t expect it.
Recently, while I was filming my Beach Worming Masterclass, I told my videographer that I would bring a fishing rod with me down to the beach and do some surf fishing the following morning, because I wanted to film showing people how to put beach worms on to a hook. I also explained that sometimes, while I am beach worming, I throw out a line and have it set there. Most times I actually catch fish at the same time as beach worming.
Morning Beach Worming and Surf Fishing Session
This particular morning we were at the beach at 8:30 am. The sun had well and truly risen. It was a beautiful, bright, sparkly, sunny day. Just a pleasure to be at the beach.We were there to catch worms and film worming stuff. The fishing was a by product.
From a fishing point of view, it was really the wrong recipe for success. Bright sun, low tide, small swell, crystal clear shallow water, surfers right in front of us, and it’s winter.We filmed baiting a beach worm on the hook and I tossed my line out.
I had only just placed my line in the rod holder and wound up the slack when I got a bite straight away! It is always exciting to get a bite. I picked the rod up, waited, set the hook and proceeded to play the fish. Awesome, not one fish but two, a double hook up on Whiting ( I usually use a 2 hook rig ). I re-baited and threw out again. I wanted to get back to filming. The same thing happened again, a fish on within seconds of putting the rod down. This time a nice Australian Salmon.
I am thinking, this is now becoming a distraction. I am not here to fish.
Just Go Fishing
Every time I threw my line in the water, I was getting hammered. It got to the point where I said “I am just not going to throw it out again!” I had to stop and focus on what I was there to do. On top of the worming, we ended up with a lovely feed of fish that I filleted and gave to my videographer to take home for dinner.
Beach worms are undoubtedly a great bait, but this illustrates that when you have the time, just go fishing. Even if the tide is wrong etc…..
We live such busy lives, we need to make the most of the time that we have available, and go fishing with our mates when we can.
Happy Worming, and Fishing.