Top Six surf fishing mistakes to avoid

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

6. Use bait correctly: If you are targeting pan fish you will want to use three major baits. When using shrimp you want to peel them, cut them up in pieces about the size of a small marshmallow and put a piece on each hook. If using bloodworms cut them from the tail (small end) in pieces about a half-inch long. Thread them on the hook without piercing the skin. If you don’t pierce the skin the fish will knock the worm up the hook and you will be able to slide it back down and fish with it again. When using sand fleas dig them out of the surf and simply hook them from the bottom up.

If you are targeting larger prey do not bury the hook in the bait. If the hook point cannot be seen how can it penetrate the fish’s mouth. Make sure at least the barb is exposed so you can get a good hook set. This does not apply as much in the pan fish baits as they are softer than a big chunk of mullet.

Tight lines and fair winds.


Capt. Chris Medlin is a third-generation tackle shop owner and charter captain. He makes his home on Topsail but loves fishing all over. Most of the time you can find him at East Coast Sports in Surf City or just contact him through his website at

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