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The summer is coming, so lets go fish Vilano Beach!
The summer is a testing time for fishing the beach! The weather is never predictable, the beach even less so. No reason to give up! Just because it is difficult is no reason to default. In fact, the more difficult it is, the more rewarding it will be.
So let us begin. Where does one fish? "The beach" you say. Ok, which 50 yards of the 25 miles of beach between St Augustine Inlet and the St Johns River do you want to fish?
Yep, the secret of fishing the beach is not in the fishing, it is in the walking! Walking the beach at low tide, finding out the lie of the sea bottom is the most important step in the fishing process. This is good, because it gives us the credibility to call fishing a sport and not just a recreation!
So what are we looking for during the low tide walk? Just watch the waves. Usually what you see are the waves breaking a few yards out, then the resultant foamy waves reform and rebreak closer to the shore. Where it first breaks is a sand bar, where it reforms is a slough (pronounced slew}. If you were to walk out from the beach you would first struggle through the deeper water of the slough then climb up onto the bar where the water can be only inches deep.
So once you have identified the sandbars, the big break is finding the gaps in the sandbar, the spots where the fish will find the deeper water and follow the rising tide into the sloughs. You find these when the waves do not break out at the bar but roll all the way in to the beach. When you find it, mark it carefully with a beach landmark. It is incredible how different it will look at high tide! Once you identify the gap, plan to fish in the gap itself and just inside the sandbar on either side of the gap.
Ok! We are halfway there with the where, now what about the when? My experience is the two hours before and after first and last light are the most consistent fishing of the day, while the two hours before and two hours after high tide are the most productive choice of tide. So, put the two together, you get an early morning high tide (that also means an evening high in most places) as the best time.
(If you are planning your vacation, how do you know when the tides will be? Actually, it's not that difficult, early morning and evening high tides will normally follow the full and new moons, and every calendar has those dates marked!)
In the three months of summer you will find whiting, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, trout, flounder, redfish, and drum. You will also find shark, skate, catfish and crabs. It will be a race who will get your bait first, but whichever wins, it will be fun, and you will be the final winner! Get out there and fish.
About The Author: Travis Clemens is a life time fisherman and he knows the ins and outs of gettinem on the hook! You too can gettem on the hook with Travis as your guide! http://www.best-fishing-tips.com/
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Other Ontario Fishing Lakes in Ontario
ANGUS LAKE. BARK LAKE. BAY of QUINTE. LAKE OF BAYS BELWOOD LAKE. BOSHKUNG LAKE. BRIGHTON BAY. DIAMOND LAKE. DUNLOP LAKE. LAKE ERIE. GEORGIAN BAY. GUELPH LAKE. LAKE ABITIBI. LAKE HERRIDGE. ISLAND LAKE. JUMPING CARIBOU LAKE. KAMANISKEG. LIMBERLOST. LAKE MANITOU. MAPLE LAKE. MONO HILLS. MOUNT LAKE. LAKE MUSKOKA. LAKE NIPISSING. LAKE NOSBONSING. ORANGEVILLE RESERVOIR. LAKE RESTOULE. LAKE SIMCOE. RIDEAU LAKES. LAKE SCUGOG. SPARROW LAKE. LAKE ST. CLAIR. LAKE TEMAGAMI. TEN MILE LAKE. TWELVE MILE LAKE. VALENS RESERVOIR. RED CEDAR LAKE. MARTEN RIVER. PENAGE LAKE. PRESS LAKE. LAKE ABITIBI.
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