VICTOR, IDAHO, April 23, 2015 — There are vast amounts of ways to catch fish, but one of the most enjoyable ways is to fish off of, of all things, a longboard surfboard. This discovery came while fishing off of our surfboards while traveling to Mexico to surf. It is a simple and fun way to catch your dinner while camping with friends. It also seems to connect one’s self with the fish’s environment as half of your body is under water. Also, paddling your surfboard through the waves is a key way to get right beyond the surf zone and into the most productive areas along the Southern coast.
Bringing a large fanny pack that you fill with jigs, rubber lead-heads, and the like will make your experience a bit easier. Any type of tackle you would normally fish with for Southern, inshore saltwater species such as Calico Bass, White Sea Bass, Halibut, Spotted Bass and Yellowtail will work.
If you are a surfer, you know that when waiting for a wave, you sit with both legs dangling from either side of the board, and when fishing off of a surfboard, this is a very stable way to sit upright and cast your presentations in 360 degree angles.
A stout baitcaster rod, between 6ft and 8ft long, with a conventional reel designed to tackle larger prey is optimal for surfboard fishing. Take the rod and run it through the strap of your fanny pack along your back to secure it while paddling to your destination, or through waves. Once you are just beyond the surf zone, pull the rod and the fun starts.
The great thing about board fishing is that most of the time you will go on surf trips, you already have the fishing rods and the boards, so why not catch some fresh fish for the fire? One other thing that is handy when board fishing is that you normally have a leash that connects to your leg to keep the board from drifting to the beach when you may fall surfing.
Use this leash to also double as a fish stringer by disconnecting the leash from your leg. Run the leash through the fish’s gills and out the mouth, then I just attach the leash back onto your leg. Again, thinking about thrashing fish hanging from your legs gets a bit unnerving, but what is life without a little excitement?
This method of fishing works almost anywhere you can safely enter and exit the water, but make sure to read the weather patterns as you can get caught paddling against strong winds that seem to whip up in just seconds. Try this method of fishing and you will be hooked.