The best periods for shore fishing are at the tail end of storms. The theory is that turbulences underwater churn up the silt on the bottom and attract fish closer to shore for a dazed or exposed meal.There are always plenty fish at all other times too.
Be safe and careful. Seaweeds and slimethrivein rocky tidal zonesand are lethal as black ice. If you plan on fishing fromthese areas, minimize problems by always fishing with at least one other.Unpredictable swells have also caused many needless coastguardrescues so be vigilant at the water’s edge when retrieving fish. Areferee’s whistle is a small practical lifesaver to keep next to your waterproofed(charged) phone and remember not all networks reach the shoreline. Study the local tide timetables too and remember the general rule of thumb that fishing the tide in from about three hours before to two hours after full tide is usually most fruitful.
It is rare not to lose a few fishing hooks and other tackle when shore fishing. If your hooks become stuck don’t lift your rod too hard to try and free it. Setting the drag to full and pointing the rod straight at the problem then slowly walking backwards will often remedy the situation. Because we use stronger lines along the shore, if you keep tension on the line like this, for long enough, the hook will give in first and straighten. Walking as far as you can to the left or the right of the snag and then tightening can also help you break free from the problem.
Saltwater is extremely caustic so get religious at rinsing rods, reels, linesand fishing lures immediately after each trip. It will save you time, equipment and cash.