Pier Fishing – What it's All About

Pier Fishing – What it's All About


Pier fishing is not as widely discussed when compared with fishing connected to boats. But not every saltwater angler owns a boat. Now, that would be seen by most people as an apparent limitation to their ability and opportunity for fishing. But that is not the case.


Let's dive right in.


What Pier Fishing is All About


How can you go saltwater fishing without a boat? This a very common question that is asked.


Adding to this misconception is the fact that most fishing magazines do not mention pier fishing. Instead they feature pictures and articles about fishing that usually involves having a boat. And not just any boat.


Take a look at some of those articles and you’ll find expensive boats with all the bells and whistles.


Feeling Left Out


This has disheartened many a potential fisherman, making them feel like they can only share in the joys of these great fishing adventures by reading about them or seeing them on YouTube rather then finding a viable alternative.


A Growing Community


But if you’ve been keeping your eyes open, chances are you’ve also observed a growing community of shore-bound anglers that doesn’t let the lack of a boat stop them from enjoying the pleasures of fishing. They have found the joy and satisfaction of pier fishing.


They come in all sizes, ages, and gender. The lack of a boat has even led them to develop their own, unique, and effective style of fishing. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the pier fishing angler.


The Pier Fishermen


They are seen on fishing piers everywhere, some with expensive tackle, some well-worn and taped together. Their tackle boxes also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, as long as it can be carried or wheeled easily to the pier.


Innovative Products for Pier Fishing


Perhaps the lack of a boat has led them to develop an uncanny sense for creativity and innovation. You would be amazed at the things you’ll find in most tackle boxes used by these pier anglers.


In fact, lots of so-called “original” products that are marketed for pier fishing were inspired by the original designs that are regularly used by these people everyday.


An Art All Its Own


Before some non-believers begin to scoff at the skills of pier fishing anglers, let me say that pier fishing is an art all its own. Nobody can just plunk a chair down at a pier and start hauling in fish every minute, without the skills born by experience.


Pier fishing anglers develop an innate sense about where the action is. Since most of the fish generally come in waves, it’s going to be very difficult getting even one bite if you don’t know where and when to cast.


When pier fishing you can usually find them bottom fishing, hauling in two or three catches at a time. How they do that is beyond me. Pier rats just have a way of knowing when to reel in their line after hooking more than one fish.


The Long Reach


And if you start thinking that bigger catch like mackerel and king mackerel are unreachable for pier fishing anglers, think again.


Have you ever seen those people at the end of the pier using all sorts of weird-looking contraptions specially designed to float live bait just under the surface?


While pier fishing they use kite rigs, too, so that they can fish as far off the pier as possible. I’ve seen perhaps a dozen contraptions that deserve a patent on the spot. Mostly these folks use a technique called the “two rod approach”.


The Two Rod Approach in Pier Fishing


This is where they use a heavy fishing rod with the bail open and another lighter rod where the bait is attached to.


They cast out, the line is placed several yards off the pier, and when a fish bites, the bait rod is pulled back, leaving the fisherman with the heavier one to fight the fish with.


Catch and Release?


However, don’t expect to see pier fishing anglers release their fish after catching them. Most of these folks go fishing for dinner, not for getting the big one to show off on a mantelpiece.


When pier fishing they come to enjoy fishing, talk and socialize with each other, and even to help a few beginners that appear to need it. They are a special breed and possibly have more patience, inventiveness, and endurance than any other fishing group.


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