Casting From The Edge

It sounds like a gritty reality show, but fishing from the edge could mean casting your line from the shore or the banks of a river or lake. You might cast from rocks above a body of water or even jutting out over a deep bit of seawater on a secluded, protected rocky outcropping. In all of these cases, you are looking at catching entirely different sorts of fish. In the last instance these could be larger species favoring deep waters, but most of the time you are on the shore casting out over shallow water, perhaps a running river or the rim of a lake. Depending on your location, the species you catch could be warm- or cold-water fish and sizes vary, but mostly you are preparing yourself for small ones that can be hauled in with no more than a rod, reel, and net.

Get Ready to Fish from the Edge

This is often the way people start out because you don’t need a boating license, although a current fishing license is essential. Be ready for a long wait with a stool and some snacks, a coat if you get cold standing around, and wear rubber boots. It’s common to end up walking in shallow water if a fish is larger than expected and takes you by surprise.

Do you plan to keep some of your catch? If so, keep a bucket of water handy so your catch doesn’t get hot and smelly and also bring a rag so you don’t touch spiky fish with bare hands.

Don’t dress for a party; go out in stealth mode. Pretend you’re hunting game and want to blend in with your environment. Fish can see you, or at least your shadow, and this tells them a predator is near. Try to stay where the sun casts your shadow backward. Don’t make a lot of noise either.

Always prepare to take garbage home with you and to treat this spot with respect. If you are careful and others take care as well, a fishing spot will serve you for a long time.

Take your Time

Experts recommend approaching an area with caution, quiet, and respect, even if you know it well. Fish, like the game, can hear a commotion and feel the vibrations of your movements. Also, don’t get too close to the water unless you have to fight through bushes, trees, and hanging branches. These will shelter you but lines and flies get caught in them so avoid cluttered cover in favor of gentle shade. Give yourself several paces to be dragged forward by an energetic animal.

You also need to be patient. It might take several minutes for a fish to notice your fly. Wiggle it around as recommended by local guides according to the natural movement of insects during your given season.