A few years ago, when visiting friends in southern California, we took a trip to the beach. We brought fishing gear with us not expecting to do much of it, but hoped for the chance. Well, we got the chance and spent most of the afternoon surf fishing.
Honestly, I didn’t think it would be as fun as fly fishing Montana rivers, but I was too quick to judge. The best part of surf fishing is that it’s easy and it’s fun for the whole family. While fishing we found sand crabs, watched other guys reel in odd looking fish (and squid), and my son got to see all of it. It was a great learning experience for both of us.
Afterwards, I was hooked. Every time we were at or near a beach I had to keep trying this new way to fish. I even spent a few days surf fishing in Hawaii, learning from locals about all the fish along the Maui coast.
If you are interested in learning about surf fishing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding a virtual event on April 16th all about it. It’s geared towards beginners and will feature two anglers/environmental scientists that will teach about catching halibut and other species in the surf.
To register you can find the link here.