While sitting around planning my fishing trips for the summer (I do this about once a day), the idea of surf casting or bank fishing hit me. The scenario goes like this: I don't have a boat, so I am going to be going on a few charters this summer. What do I do when I am not on the charter? 1: go to a bar. 2: Sleep. 3: Fish! So, I searched surf casting on the forum and found a couple of insightful threads. They got me pointed in the right direction.
I do have a few more questions (Questions are asked with the assumption that I'll be fishing from Land's End in Homer.
1. Other than the obvious halibut, and salmon, what other species might you encounter while surf casting? I have heard about Cod, but what else is there?
2. I've heard surf rods are available from Sportsmans Warehouse. What sort of a rig do you use for surf casting? What size hook? How much weight? What sort of bait?
3. Is it best to fish low tide?
4. Can you troll around the spit with a canoe or cat? Is it safe?
5. I was thinking that good areas to fish would be areas where I seen lots of birds or seals. The logic being they would be where the food is. Is this correct?
6. I have a good idea of where I want to try in Homer, but what about areas in Seward to try? Is there anywhere near Anchorage that could be good too? I know the mudflats extend forever.... The mouth of Bird Creek maybe?
7. What months should be most productive?
I think this might be a fun way to pass some time. Even if I don't catch anything, I'll still enjoy the time spent outdoors.
I won't be able to make it out for a while, I'm just trying to learn what I can about it now. When I do get out, I"ll update this thread with what happens. I already mentioned there were a couple of other threads that talk about this type of fishing, but I want to get into more detail in this one. Maybe I'll help some other poor boatless souls catch some fish....