Surf fishing is a local obsession on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Locals drive to the beaches to surf fish for their flounders, speckled trout, red fish and spanish mackerels. Since surf fishing requires very little equipment, it is very popular with beginners to fishing purist. Most of the time early and late fishing is most productive. Simply walk out into an area that is about knee level. Begin casting and working a bait across the water. It won’t be long for a you to start getting some fish biting in the surf.
Here are a few pieces of equipment you will need for surf fishing on the Mississippi Gulf coast:
- A fishing pole-Preferably one that can handle salt water
- A life jacket
- A fish ring – stores fish when surf fishing
- A bait bucket
- A pair of pliers
- A knife
- A Small tackle box
- A hat
- A water tight container for personal items
- A fishing partner
- A fishing license
- Surf Fishing Waders
There are any fishing regulations that you need to be familiar with before surf fishing. You need to know creel limits and liscence requirements. You should also know or be familiar with the species that may be caught in the Gulf of Mexico. You should also be aware of different jelly fish and stinging fish species. Taking a little time to familiarize yourself with the waters you are going to surf fish can and will pay big dividends. Also have an idea on how you might handle catching a shark or stingray when fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
You are in the water when surf fishing!
There is a big difference when fishing from a boat and from the water. You are close to the fish when surf fishing. Be aware that a satchel of fish can attract predators to your catch. So if there are sharks or other aggressive large fish you may want to remove your catch from the water. Temperature of the air and water is key for safe surf fishing. Know what the temperature is and gear up accordingly. It doesn’t take long to get hypodermic when surf fishing in cold water. Be careful and catch lots of fish when surf fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast Beaches.