Saturday, January 22, 2011

I've Got a 12-foot Fishing Rod

And I'm not afraid to use it:

I'm going beach fishing, which entails standing on the beach and throwing a weight and bait into the surf. There's an art to it, of course, and you have to learn to look for gutters:

A surf gutter is formed by an outer submerged sand bank running parallel to the beach. Variable in length, the channel in between can have an outlet at one or both of the ends. Long featureless gutters are not as productive as smaller, shorter or narrower ones. Holes are formed at the gutter's outlet to the sea. Waves breaking on the outer bank, spread a layer of foam and broken water across the inner channel. Referred to by fishermen as white water, this disturbed water offers cover to fish and stirs up the bottom exposing food.


Fish will often be found where a gutter empties to the sea. The surge of water in and out, stirs up the sand and with it food. Position yourself near the mouth and allow the bait to drift with the run from the gutter. Potholes are the small indentations which form in the shallower water, often near the edge of the beach. Anglers often wade through them, not knowing that they can offer some geed fishing. Whiting, Dart and Flathead actively feed in this shallow water, so it often pays to try these areas before disturbing them.


  1. I've got a 12 foot rod
    And I'm not afraid to use it

    Sounds like the first line of a Guns 'N' Roses song.

  2. I'd prefer AC/DC.

    And that is one crappy photo of that rod. I'll get better.