Surf & Pier Fishing: The Gear, Tips, and Techniques to Get Started

Whether you’re an expert freshwater angler or are new to casting a line with rod and reel, saltwater fishing is a unique experience. Coastal waters along the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico are filled with fish―many of which are reachable without a boat. Fishing from piers, jetties, or in the surf is wonderful fun and can be very productive. However, it’s different than fishing in a lake or river. Acclaimed author and expert angler Dave Bosanko provides the information you need to start surf and pier fishing.

Surf & Pier Fishing

Applicable to all coastal waters, this handy guide covers such topics as where to fish, what tackle to use, how to rig your line, and which types of bait are best. The pocket-size booklet is organized and color-coded by fishing location for ease of use. Depending upon where you are, turn to the pier, jetty, or surf section to find the details most applicable to you. Surf & Pier Fishing also includes safety tips, plenty of full-color images, and an instructional illustration for reading the surf. Dave further provides his favorite tips―so you’ll be fishing like a pro in no time. 

With this guide in hand, you can quickly and economically learn what you need to know. It’s conveniently sized to keep in your tackle box, backpack, or back pocket, so it’s always there when you need it. Whether you’re visiting the coast or are a coastal resident, this guide can get you started catching saltwater fish.

The inshore waters along our coast are some of the most productive waters in the U.S. and are great fun to fish. Many offshore fish cruise these waters in search of prey, making the chance of a trophy catch possible, even close to shore. Much of this coastal water is accessible from shore and is easy and economical to fish, even for beginners. If you have a basic understanding of fishing but don’t often fish, or you have only fished in freshwater, this guide will help you start successfully fishing in saltwater, whether it’s from a pier, a jetty, or from a beach. 

Surf & Pier Fishing

This guide will help you select the right equipment, rig your lines, choose the best bait, find a good spot to fish, and stay safe. It also includes a special section filled with “Dave’s tips,” with tried-and-true advice to help you catch more fish. 

About the author: Dave Bosanko is an avid fisherman and naturalist with degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Kansas. He spent a long career at the University of Minnesota’s field stations before retiring. In addition to fishing, he enjoys hiking, sailing, and building small wooden boats. Much of his time is now spent writing or visiting natural areas in the U.S. and beyond. 

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