Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Surf Fishing books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- 1. The Complete Guide to Surfcasting (2011)
- 2. The Complete Book of Surf Fishing (2015)
- 3. Fly-Fish the Surf (2015)
- 4. Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas (2011)
- 5. The Surfcaster’s Guide to Baits, Rigs & Lures: Over 50 Time-TEsted Baits, Rigs and Lures–and How to Fish Them (2004)
- 6. Striper Pursuit: Surf Fishing Beyond the Basics (2014)
- 7. Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks: The Complete Guide to Catching More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, and Ocean (Southern Gateways Guides) (2011)
- 8. Surf Fishing: The Light-Line Revolution (2010)
- 9. Fishing the Delaware and Maryland Coasts (2006)
- 10. The Saltwater Edge: Tips and Tactics for Saltwater Fly Fishing (2017)
- 11. Secrets of Surf Fishing at Night Updated Edition (2010)
- 12. Fishing the Bucktail Mastering Bucktail from Surf and Boat (2011)
- 13. The Southern Surfcaster:: Saltwater Strategies for the Carolina Beaches & Beyond (2012)
- 14. A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California (2016)
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1. The Complete Guide to Surfcasting (2011)
From selecting tackle to reading the beach, here is a truly “complete” guide to the most popular form of saltwater angling. Saltwater expert Joe Cermele details literally everything the beginning to intermediate-level surfcaster needs to know, including:· how to select rod, reel, and line · baits―which ones to use, how to care for them, and how to fish them· lures―how to select and how to present most effectively· knots every surfcaster must know· reading the beach· primary surf species―stripers, blues, flounder, drum and many more· fishing for pelagics: bonito, false albacore, Spanish mackerel· jetty and rock…
2. The Complete Book of Surf Fishing (2015)
Fishing from beach or rocky coastline presents challenges not faced by anglers who head out to sea. Whether you seek striped bass along the rocky shorelines of the Northeast, bluefish on the Jersey shore, pompano in warm Southern waters, or exotics around the world, this is the indispensable guide to the world of surf fishing.Written to open new frontiers to the old hand and provide advice to novice surf fishermen, The Complete Book of Surf Fishing will be a boon to all coastline anglers. Surf veteran and expert Al Ristori covers the basics of traditional surfcasting,…
3. Fly-Fish the Surf (2015)
Fly-fishing the surf is not easy, but it is fun. If you are up to the challenge, the rewards include a large variety of fish species and epic battles, all while hanging out at the beach! Lee has been fishing the surf for over 40 years and in this colorful book he breaks the sport down to the basics. Finding beach structure; surf species; flies and fishing techniques; gear for all fishing styles, conditions, and budgets. You will find it all inside. Whether you live near the beach, or plan on visiting one, Fly-Fish the Surf will bring you success out on the wet…
Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas is the ultimate all-in-one guide to inshore fishing in North and South Carolina. Written by long-time Brunswick Beacon fishing columnist Jeffrey Weeks this book is packed with all the information you need to know about surf and saltwater fishing the Carolina waters. You will find tips and tactics for flounder, redfish, speckled trout, bluefish, pompano, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel, spot, croaker, black drum and even the lesser known fish of the Carolina inshore saltwater scene. Whether you choose to fish from the surf, the shore, the pier, or in a boat…
5. The Surfcaster’s Guide to Baits, Rigs & Lures: Over 50 Time-TEsted Baits, Rigs and Lures–and How to Fish Them (2004)
This book details everything the surfcaster needs to know about plugs, metal, live bait and other rigs, with clear advice about when and how to use them….
From the quiet back bays to the pounding surf, fishing writer and videographer, John Skinner, takes the reader along on a relentless pursuit of striped bass from the shore. With his trademark writing style that makes readers feel as though they're standing at the water's edge, Skinner cuts through the complexity of choosing and presenting the various lure styles while processing the interaction of weather and water conditions that impact baitfish movements and game fish behavior. In portions of the book focused on hunting the largest stripers, Skinner goes…
7. Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks: The Complete Guide to Catching More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, and Ocean (Southern Gateways Guides) (2011)
In this hands-on, how-to guide to fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks, expert fisherman Stan Ulanski combines his enthusiasm, his experience, and his scientific expertise to show anglers how to catch more fish.Focusing on the essential but often misunderstood links between recreational fishing and the biology, geography, and natural history of the region, Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks fosters an understanding of the aquatic environment of one of the nation’s prime fishing destinations. Ulanski reveals the best approaches to the six main Outer…
8. Surf Fishing: The Light-Line Revolution (2010)
This book explores light-tackle surf fishing along the California coast. Author Bill Varney, a fourth generation Californian, has spent the last forty years perfecting the best surf fishing techniques known to man. This up-to-date guidebook is the newest and most complete reference on finding, baiting and catching local surf fish. Here’s a look at what’s inside: * How to identify California Surf Fish; * How to find fish on sandy beaches and rocky shores; * How to chooses the right rod and reel; * How to catch, hook and store surf bait; * How to fight and land fish in the wind and surf; * Secret…
9. Fishing the Delaware and Maryland Coasts (2006)
Complete where-to-fish guide for coastal DE and MD (does not cover Chesapeake Bay)….
In this book, Nick Curcione covers his entire saltwater system (knots, rigging, tackle, approach) with detailed information on shooting heads, sinking lines, and two-handed rods for the salt, which have not been covered thoroughly in any other book. While he is primarily a West Coast angler, Curcione has extensive experience in the East and his lessons apply to anglers everywhere.* Clear illustrations of the best knots for rigging* Emphasis on two-handed techniques* Author’s favorite flies…
SECRETS OF SURF FISHING AT NIGHT (REVISED EDITION) By William A Muller The first book about night surf fishing, and only book devoted exclusively to night surf fishing, is back! This updated edition includes new information, new photos, and discussions about new products. However, we did not throw out the information that was so unique to this book, such as Al Bentsen’s chapters on rigging and using rigged eels, Fred Golofaro’s chapter on how to fish with live eels, Roger Martin’s insight into how to handle night surf fishing safely, and of course, lots…
Paperback: 132 pages Publisher: SURFCASTING LLC; 12.2.2010 edition (2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1450794904 ISBN-13: 978-1450794909 Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
The Southern Surfcaster will increase your knowledge of fishing and help you develop into a more confident salt-water fisherman. Explore creative techniques and the latest strategies that have transformed the sport over the last decade. Many of the old-school methods of fishing are updated for modern practicality. The Southern Surfcaster will change the way you think and what you thought you knew about salt water fishing….
From the Arctic waters of Alaska to the southern tip of California, this fully illustrated guide captures the stunning diversity of fishes along the western coastlines of the United States and Canada. The combined work of renowned marine science illustrator Val Kells and distinguished ichthyologists Luiz A. Rocha and Larry G. Allen, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California is this region’s most current and thorough fish identification guide. Whether you are an angler, scuba diver, naturalist, student, or teacher, you will find every fish you’re trying to identify, each shown in lifelike detail. The book’s coverage…
Best Surf Fishing Books: The Ultimate List
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