Fisherman who don’t have a boat might opt to fish off a local pier, pier fishing has its positives you don’t have to spend money on gas or cleaning the boat after the trip. When you pack for a pier fishing trip, you can pack light if fishing on an inlet or bay pier with light tackle and angler fishing on an oceanfront pier will need to pack heavier. Most angler bring along one rod and reel designed for casting and detecting fish like small, medium or large sizes. The other rod should be heavier and stronger for specific fish species. The normal rig for pier fishing has a three way swivel and a hook with a sinker to maintain the bait in the lower position. When fishing off a pier live bait is best or pieces of live bait work well. On some piers one can usually find a bait/tackle shop or local fishermen selling bait to anglers on the pier. When choosing a pier consider the longer piers give anglers more access to deep water game fish and smaller piers don’t. Depending on the month and water temperature at the time remember even the deep water finish go in closer to shore and shallow waters when the water is cold and go into deeper waters when the water is warm.
Many people choose to do their fishing off of a pier simply because it might be easier or more convenient than fishing off of a boat and a lot less expensive as well. Pier fishermen can choose what pier they want to fish from and where on the pier they want to fish. Pier fishing offers a variety of water depth towards the end of the pier you have the deepest waters and the biggest fish like king mackerel or bluefish. At the end of the pier is where the waters floor fish hang out and fed and they are generally in schools. If you choose to fish closer to the shore at the beginning of the pier you can catch your own fresh bait this is where all the smallest minnow and bait fish congregate. In and around the middle of the pier the fish small to medium size usually so in essence, you could start the day by pier fishing at the beginning of the pier and catch yourself fresh live bait then work your way down the pier to the end with the bait you caught at the beginning. This type of fishing is super economical, fun and you get a variety of fishing done all in one.