Boaters have advantages over shore-based anglers. Obviously, a boater can reach deeper water fishing spots that are inaccessible to even the most skilled shore caster. You can also readily speed from spot to spot aboard a boat. Sometimes, even when you can cast to the same spot from the shore, the angle and direction of the retrieve is preferable from a boat.

bankFacing all these obstacles to success, what does a shore angler do? If you answered “Just accept it,” the good news is you don’t have to! It’s harder to fish for trophy-sized fish from the shore, but not impossible. In this article, experienced shore fisherman Bruce Condello offers his top tips for shore success.

Fishing methodology for the shore-bound angler contains an inherent contradiction. Inability to quickly change locations implies the need for more flexibility in regards to lure/bait selection. But the fact that much of your efforts will involve foot-travel, simplicity is absolutely imperative.

This dichotomy is best solved by rigging several different rod/reel spinning combinations and bringing them all along. I will often travel with four separate spinning rigs, all with a slightly different application.

Although not an absolute requisite, a high-quality spinning rod can give two strong advantages to the shore angler. I can cover better than 90 percent of my applications with only two rods. The G-Loomis SJR 720 6’ Mag-Light with extra fast action, combined with the G-Loomis SJR 781 6’6” Light , with fast action, will cover you from 1/32-ounce all the way to 3/8-ounce presentations.

Photos: Bruce Condello for Fishing Scout

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.