Rumble Fish aka Poppy

Reading the water...

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Thank you teacher. I need a teacher badly. i live in Kentucky but i come to fl to fish on vacation i will be in clearwater july 13 for the week. and need to find a real fisherman to teach me. tks again. need blue gill or cat fish tips i could help there.LOL


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This was a very informative read, looking for a productive stretch of beach has always been half the battle. I want to grab my rod and go walk the beach now lol . 


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Hint, there is another link, reading the water, again. Print it out, take it with you, read it often. I go over this article prior to each time I go to the beach. it is most helpful. Unfortunately Poppy, Rumble Fish, has been MIA since the fall of 2013. This is my go to reminder prior to each time I fish the beach.


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Originally Posted by Rumble Fish aka Poppy View Post

 

Part 1 - Reading the Water

Why is this important? If what lies below the surf waters was thoroughly understood and embraced, the more success the surf fisherman would have at catching fish! Sounds simple, but truth is reading the water is difficult.

So what is below the surf waters? Well, certainly there are fish, we already know this...and for many of us that is all that needs to be known... So, for those so inclined, I guess reading the water is not a prerequisite to successfully catching fish... And there is some truth in this...a surf fisherman can totally disregard what the water is telling him, make a cast, and put a fish on the beach...happens all the time. Why? Because the fisherman more than likely, but unknowingly, had put his offering into the surf where there happened to be a fish... The question though is why was that fish there? Was it by random chance that the fish happened to be swimming by at that exact moment? Well yes, maybe...but the fish may have very well been there for other reasons...one of those reasons is what I will call the physical environment or "structure" of the surf waters or more precisely the structure of the sandy bottom of the surf waters that attracts game fish...

I'll address bottom fishing w/ bait along the sandy beaches of the the DelMarVa coast. Fishing the inlets, rock groins, piers and backwaters of the DelMarVa peninsula is a subject unto itself and perhaps can be discussed in another thread...

Our beaches for all intended purposes are typically very flat w/ a gentle incline. This beach structure is rather common up and down the east coast and is deceptively uninteresting at first glance. The following is a simplistic drawing of a cross section of the beach and surf...

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Note, there are "generally" 2 main sandbars that run parallel to the beach...in the drawing they are labeled the outer and near shore sandbars... Also, there are "generally" 2 main sloughs (troughs) that too run parallel to the beach... The location of sandbars is revealed above the surf waters where waves initially crest and rollover...these crashing waves are called "breakers." The outer sandbar of course has larger breakers, while the near shore sandbar breakers are smaller... The sloughs also are revealed above the waters where there are little to no breakers. The next image is a picture of a typical looking surf on the DelMarVa coast...

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The above picture I took not for the waves but something else...let's see if any of you sharpies can identify what is going on...

Now that this basic surf structure is understood visually the next step is easy... Fish will frequent the sloughs in the surf, especially Stripers. They like to get as low as possible w/ their bellies virtually touching the sand as they cruise the sloughs...it is here they are most comfortable plus the slough gives them a certain degree of stealth as they move about looking for food... So, placing your offerings in the slough would be optimal as shown in the next image...

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A less viable option IMHO would be to place the offering on the sandbar...if the slough does not produce fish I would considered placing the offering on the sandbar...but only during high tide and not at all on the near shore sandbar at low tide...the water would just be too skinny at that time and location...

Poppy





Hi Although I'm a freshwater fisherman, I understand your explanation and appreciate the knowledge you have to explain and diagram this. I have read inland lake waters and streams for many years based on the slope, steep or small slope of the land or hill that comes to the water's edge, to tell me what to expect in the water.  



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Thank you taking the time to explain this. I have only just started to fly fish the beaches and this will make it much easier to understand WHERE to fish for the best results.


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this thread was wrote up way before i came aboard but still, i want to say thankz ......... great write up, very helpful !

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Awesome explanation and visuals! I can't believe this post is from 10 years ago. of all the times I have tried to understand how to read the water via online searching, your post has been the most helpful. thank you tackle addict

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I know its been said but thanks for taking the time to post this. It is exactly what I needed.


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Super stoked to learn this info; and great timing for me. Just started salt water fishing a month ago, as ive been a freshy guy my whole life! Yet another reason this site is amazing! Keep the hits coming! THANK YOU POPPY!

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