Normally, I fish the rivers for fall run Coho but last year the month of August saw little rain on POW to fill any streams, creek or rivers. It all came in one day mid September and the record return of Coho promptly left the salt and headed inland.
Until then the shore bound anglers (myself included) were left to cast along the shorelines in hopes of catching some Coho hugging the shallows. It worked but with much more effort than the confined waters of a river.
Early on my second day last fall casting lures into the salt a dad and sons stopped to fish near me and plunked some eggs under a bobber about 10 yards out and 4 feet down. Within minutes they had bites - caught a few jacks- then the bobber went down with authority! Fish on! In minutes compared to my hours of casting everything I had. Then to rub it in even worse they tied on a mooching rigged sardine under the bobber and cast it out. Bam! Another nice fish.
Then after that the rains came, the fish moved into freshwater and catching was easier.
So how many of you successfully fish bait - eggs, herring, sardines, or whatever - in the salt from shore? I haven't done much of it and find little info about it either. All the bank fishing with bait seems to done in freshwater and bait fishing from a boat is done traditionally by mooching or trolling.
would love to hear from anyone who swears by it. It obviously can be done successfully as witnessed by me but is it a regular technique?