What is the difference between surf fishing and inshore fishing?

Boating enthusiasts all over the world have a great love for fishing, it is the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. However, when it comes to fishing, there are many different techniques to be aware of, including surf fishing and inshore fishing. These two methods are used to catch different types of fish, but what exactly are the differences between the two?

Surf fishing is a technique generally used on beaches or shorelines where the waves break constantly. Anglers will cast their line up to 60-100 yards offshore in order to catch fish that are swimming in the surf zone. Unlike inshore fishing, surf fishing requires the angler to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the ocean surf, and larger equipment such as surf rods and lines are necessary. This type of fishing often targets species such as striped bass, bluefish, and even sharks. Anglers must be aware of the tides, conditions of the water, and the right bait to use in order to have a chance at catching these popular species.

Inshore fishing is a technique that takes place in calm, shallow waters found close to the shore. This type of fishing requires smaller equipment such as spinning rods and lines, and is perfect for beginners. The target species when inshore fishing is often smaller, such as snook or redfish, and the angler typically uses light artificial lures or bait. Inshore fishing is often done from a boat or kayak and the angler will cast their line towards structures such as docks, mangrove trees or rocks where fish might hide.

Overall, the main difference between surf fishing and inshore fishing is the location in which it is done and the species of fish targeted. While the two may overlap to some extent, it’s important to differentiate between the two in order to properly prepare and have success when out on the water. So, whether you’re looking for action-packed and challenging surf fishing, or the relaxing nature of inshore fishing, both offer their own unique experience to anglers. Happy fishing!

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