casting lures from Shore
During the early morning or evening in the spring & summer or anytime
during the fall is an excellent time to find a good shoreline fishing
location on a beach or jetty to cast artificial lures for predatory
species. Fish during a rising barometer and an incoming tide, especially
if there is a stout wind over the ocean. The key is to find as much
white water as possible either in the surf or where the sea crashes
against rocks, and the current caused tiny whirlpools as it rushes
Since the water in these areas is not very deep, using floating
plugs is very effective. If the wind and sea is not cooperating
or the water is known to be deeper, metal jigs and diving plugs
can be used. Your objective in either case is to cast your lure
as far from the shoreline or jetty as possible.
Let your floating plugs go with the current while sharply pulling
the lure so it dives and resurfaces. Striped bass will usually have
in the middle water column in these conditions to pick off baitfish
caught in the surf or current. Once they notice your plug they will
charge to the surface and engulf it. Allow the strike to happen
without pulling the rod. Most top water plugs are equipped with
2 or 3 sets of 4/0 treble hooks, which are not easily spit out.
So allow the fish to take some line before tightening and setting
If you are using metal jigs, diving plugs or bucktails, retrieve
the lure at a minimum pace allowing bucktails to bounce off the
bottom as you reel them in. Again the slower speed is triggering
the gamefish to prey on an injured or confused fish. Blues will
usually strike when the bait is at its furthest from the shore.
Weakfish have a tendency to grab bucktails as they bounce off the
bottom closer to shore.
When fishing from a jetty, fish the side of the jetty that offers
the most white water for stripers, fish the calmer side with a faster
retrieval for blues & weaks. Occasionally fluke will take a lure
close to the bottom during the early spring or late summer. Piers
& bulkheads in rivers also offer structure and wash.
On a pier it is possible to jig a metal or bucktail, much in the
way one would on a boat. The most important factor when you choose
to cast lures from shore is not to waste your time and energy in
areas that do not over the rough currents or structure, or during
outgoing or low tides.