CoastalXP Saltwater Fishing
If you love the coastal life, and the salt water fishing “pier and surf” zones, then this is the place for you. Here at CoastalXP we have a passion for coastal life, the ocean and all it’s bounty. Just like you we sleep, breath, and live the coastal salt life experience.
We are the coastal life: salt water fishermen, shrimpers, crabbers, boat captains, divers, surfers, jetty jumper’s, kayakers, beachcombers, spear fishermen, etc. We know the saltwater fishing lifestyle and it is what we do. Be it fishing, diving, boating, or just enjoying a day chilling on the beach with friends and family. It is all part of the saltwater lifestyle.
It comes down to one thing we all have in common, ocean life and all of the joy it has to offer.
It is the lure of the ocean that draws us to the seaside and shores. Fishing the briny deep can provide what we need to survive. At the same time, the ocean can take everything if you let your guard down for a second. This website is not to be for land lovers. If you are destined to be a crew member of CoastalXP then you need be of salt. All we do here is in the kingdom of Neptune.
We will discuss all creatures of the sea and the harvest of the seafood. And all manor of vessel that sail the wind and waves. We also mean to protect the creatures of the sea and shores. Crew members here are keepers of the deep and only take what we intend to keep and eat.
We hope you enjoy you’re visit and learn something new about the coastal salt life experience. Be sure to bookmark our salt water fishing blog and check out the saltwater fishing forum. If salt life fishing is what you do and you want to help support CoastalXP then please buy some fishing supplies in our saltwater fishing store.
Best Times to Fish Saltwater
Experienced (XP) anglers will tell you that there are good times to fish and there ARE “best” times to fish. The “best fishing times” can be related to the amount of sunlight, to warming or cold trends, to depth at which fish are found, to stormy and tropical weather patterns, winds, and to coastal tidal flows when saltwater fishing. However, WHEN to fish can also affect and be affected by WHERE to fish. Too many hot days during the summer can adversely affect fishing inshore shallow creeks, salt ponds, and brackish rivers. Higher water temperatures can reduce oxygen in the water and cause fish to become sluggish or die known as “fish kills”. Cold water can also kill many coastal fish in events known as “cold kills”.
Fishing in salt water, coastal tides affect water levels in that a shallow area that might hold fish during a high tide might be a mud bank during low tide. A slough or “salt pond” is a slight depression in the bottom that may hold flounder, redfish, and trout during a high tide might be too shallow and dangerous to fish on a low tide. Running tides (rising or falling currents) are best since they cause bait and predators to move into an active feeding condition.
Fishing Coastal Winds
Wind can play a big role in fishing, wind pushes the bait to the far shore, that in turn is followed by game fish. If fishing from shore on a windy day, fish where you have to cast with the wind for maximum distance. If fishing from a boat, cast with the wind on a sheltered shore. Remember the wind phrase, “east the least and west is best”.
Brackish Water Tides
Checking saltwater tide forecasts and the areas to fish are also important when fishing in brackish water that is a mix of salt and fresh and yet still subject to tidal forces. Brackish water is found in most inshore tidal creeks and rivers along all coastal outdoor areas and can affect the feeding habits of saltwater species.
Fishing Incoming Weather Fronts
Storms and changing weather patterns affect coastal fishing success because saltwater fish are keenly attuned to changes in barometric conditions. With many fish, feeding tends to increase during the hours preceding a cold front, but then slows during and after a storm. Fishing after a cold front is generally poor and continues to be poor for a day or two after the front passes.
Warm fronts cause water surface temperatures to increase. Such warm fronts will often put fish in an active feeding mode. This can also be true in the winter, when a warming trend can cause otherwise sluggish fish to start feeding again. Most of this feeding activity is on or near the warm surface, mud banks, and shallow flats.
Fishing Cloud Cover Inshore
Cloud covered days can improve fishing in that the clouds prevent deep water light penetration. Overcast skies can cause fish to cruise for food more than they normally would on brighter days where they might tend to hide or stay closer to structure. On overcast cloudy days, coastal fish may be less likely to be stuck on specific structure and more likely to be trolling throughout the water way that contains the structure.
Fishing in Rain
Another favorite time to fish inshore is during a light spring or summer rain with no lightning. Rain can help you hide from the fish in that the rain may break up the view that the fish sees through the water surface. Rain also washes insects and bait into the water, with this extra food creating a feeding opportunity for fish. Warm rains quickly warm the water surface and may cause active feeding conditions in the spring. If there is any lightning or possibility of lightning, you should head for port in your boat or immediately away from the water if wading the jetties or surf fishing from the shore. Safety must always come first in any fishing situation.
- Planning Ahead – Always File a Float Plan
Since coastal tides change daily and are so important in saltwater fishing, check the daily tide forecasts at the coastalxp.com/coastaloutdoors/ibf fishing forum online or local bait shop. Tides raise and lower the inshore water levels approximately two times per day and affect where fish and bluecrab.info are located and how they feed. The timing of high or low tide changes daily and is also different for each coastal area. The best fishing is almost always on a rising or falling tide – not the dead low or dead high when there is little or no water movement.