Early and late at the beach
  |  First Published: February 2005

This month I am going to talk about early morning and late afternoon fishing at your local beach.

Fishing at your local beach in the morning is a beautiful way to start the day, especially if you catch some fish. But even if you don’t, it’s very relaxing.

You can fish with bait if you have the time but we normally fish with small metal lures for school fish like tailor and salmon.

Salmon and tailor will often school up in close to beaches where they chase baitfish. They are usually pretty easy to see because birds will be hovering around picking up the baitfish scraps. You will also see fish splashing on the surface as they feed.

Cast a 30g to 50g metal lure anywhere near the fish and you will usually be rewarded with a hook-up and a good fight.

You will need is a beach rod of around three metres and a 6000- or 4000-size threadline reel with 6kg or 8kg line. You can usually get away with tying the lure directly to the end of your line but if you want to use a leader of 10kg or 15kg line that’s fine.

Most metal lures come standard with a treble hook at the end and this works pretty well. However, salmon usually jump out of the water when hooked and they often throw the lure as they shake their heads during the jump.

You’ll get a lot fewer lures thrown if you change the treble over to a single 2/0 or 3/0 hook. The single hook still catches fish but it gives them less leverage to throw the lure when they jump out of the water.

Fishing the beach can also involve the family. You can all have a swim or a fish over Summer but just be sure to swim between the flags and not to fish anywhere near where people are swimming.

Both sports are great fun but they don’t mix well together on a beach ! You can also enjoy a picnic on the beach or even play cricket or kick a ball around if the fishing is slow.

The main thing is to just enjoy yourself and have a good time. If you’re a mad-keen fisho like me then you’ll probably keep fishing even if it’s slow. But, if not, there’s a heap of things to do so just enjoy yourself.

Late afternoon spinning for salmon at Shoalhaven Heads.

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