- Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:40 am
This post this time of year had me scratching my head, but then I saw it was revived from the summer. I do always mean to try the surf in the winter, but never get to it. When I lived at Surfside, the latest I fished was December and actually caught some nice trout off the beachfront rocks in early December, but that was not wading rather bombing out a topwater from the top of the rocks.
Bars and guts vary up and down the beach. The pedestrian beach and straight down from the bridge can have some steep short guts and abrupt shallow bars. Things tend to flatten out as you move north and east. That mile or so from the Surfside jetty really changes a lot with different tides.
The third bar, I used to fish it more than I do now, but I will still wade/swim out there if something going on with the bait catches my eye. Yes, the gut in between the second and third bar tends to be too deep to wade. The third bar tends to be around waist deep. These past several summers, most of the trout I get are in the first gut or along the next bar, called the second bar or just outside it. Last summer was a bust for the most part because I barely got in some surf fishing. One notable trip was an August wade where it was about a fish every cast and that was mostly just make short casts anywhere action. I stood in thigh deep water with a minimal break and a calm wind.
Don’t ignore the first and second guts and bars thinking the fish must be out on the third bar.