Ten Common Surfcasting Errors

by Frank Daignault

  1. Failure to fish at night, particularly for stripers.
  2. Use of tackle that is too light.
  3. Lack of suitable contingencies for landing a world-class striper. Unprepared.
  4. Poor knots.
  5. Hooks that are too large.
  6. Dull hooks.
  7. Failure to understand natural, environmental conditions and their interrelationships with fishing.
  8. Listening to people speculate about where the fish are or what is happening when they don’t have a clue.
  9. Use of rancid or unfresh baits.
  10. Failure to read the water.

C. Definition of a "Hot Spot": A place where fish gather to pull on fishers.