1. Breakwaters

You'll find them on most sea and ocean coastlines. They're shelter for small fish, but not just small ones! They can sometimes produce quite a few surprises. There is no point in casting a long way. Use a rugged line that will resist constant abrasion against the rocks. And aim for the holes where rock fish may be hiding. They may often be small, but they have voracious appetites and can be taken on soft lures up to 7cm. If you aim to go for a wide variety of fish, use lures from 2cm to 5cm with fairly light jig heads up to 5g. As the lure sinks it will tend to flutter, making the swimming action all the more lifelike.

2. Harbours

Harbours are very busy places in summer. If fishing is allowed, a few casts can turn out to be quite fruitful. All kinds of fish can be found in harbours. Play around with your choice of lures and your retrieve to get takes. Don't be afraid to go back at night. With the harbour lighting you'll be able to enjoy the place with fewer people around and fish spots that are inaccessible during the day.

3. Seawalls

They are the favourite spots for bottom fishing, surfcasting or quivertip fishing. But fishing amongst the rocks is just as productive. Feel free to cast out a good way, but also to fish along the rocks, pausing from time to time. There can be quite a few fish around. Keep your terminal tackle. An abrasion-resistant line and a soft lure on a jig head. Depending on the strength of the current and the size of the waves, you can vary the weight of the jig heads up to 7g.

4. Equipment

The Rod

Fishing rod

A lightweight outfit that can cast lures from 2g to 7g. A rod between 2m and 2.70m long. Your perch or trout spinning rods will do just fine for rockfishing. The same applies to the reel. Dig out the reels you use for small fish, sized between 500 and 2500 (the lower number is the smaller capacity).

The Line

Use an abrasion-resistant line or fluorocoated nylon (with a fluorocarbon coating) which will reduce the wear and tear on your line. The diameter should be between 18/100 and 25/100mm.

Fishing line

The Braid

You can also use braid which will give you extra sensitivity for detecting those delicate takes. Use a line between 8/100 and 14/100 to fish nice and fine. Don't forget the abrasion-resistant nylon or fluorocarbon leader.


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