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Pier Fishing Tips

pier fishing tips

Welcome to our section on pier fishing tips. This section was put together to help anglers become more skilled at fishing from a pier. We have put together an educational web page that teaches you the need to know information about pier fishing. Along with that educational information you’ll also get to read some of the best pier fishing tips that will help you become a better fisherman. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been pier fishing for years or are just starting out, the below information will be useful to you.


Pier Fishing Basics

pier fishingPier fishing is the fishing technique of fishing off a pier. A pier is best describe as a raised structure over water that is supported by spread piles or pillars. Depending on the type of pier, water might be able to flow right through it or it may act as a breakwater. You can fish from a pier in both saltwater and freshwater in virtually any type of body of water. One of the biggest benefits of pier fishing is the fisherman having the ability to reach certain depths of a body of water that couldn’t be reached via shore. Fish find piers useful for finding food or avoiding predators.

pier anglingSome piers are famous for their quality of fishing, such as the Whiterock Pier (near Vancouver BC) which is known for its crab and perch fishing. There are a few different types of piers built today, such as working piers, pleasure piers and fishing piers. A downside to fishing off of a pier is the effects of pollution. Piers can have water that has higher levels of pollution around them. You should always follow your local or state departments recommendation on the amount of fish that should be eaten in the area you are fishing. At peak fishing times and seasons fishing piers can be packed with fishermen shoulder to shoulder.

Pier Fishing Tips, Tricks and Tactics

We can all use a few good tips to improve our fishing skills and the below tips are for people who plan on fishing from a pier. Our pier fishing tips aren’t specific to any species of fish but are rather an overall strategy to improve your chances of catching a fish on a pier.


Pier Fishing Tackle and Equipment

Pier fishing requires some special tackle and equipment. Below is just a basic equipment list to use when surf fishing. This is not a complete list and standard fishing tackle is left out to keep your eye on the important pier related gear.

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» Fishing rod between 6′ and 9′
» Saltwater spinning reel (make sure it’s corrosion resistant)
» 10 to 15 lbs of monofilament fishing line
» Circle Hook Rig
» Pyramid weights or egg sinker weights
» Bridge Net
» Fishing cart with front wheels


Pier Fishing Safety

When fishing from a pier you’ll want to follow the simple safety precautions to make sure you have an experience that you’ll never want to forget. First and foremost, always follow all posted rules and regulations for the pier you’re fishing on. Never try to cross or hang over fencing, wire or structures used to prevent access to the water. Never jump into the water near a pier as the waves can bash you into the side and it may be hard to climb back up. Make sure there isn’t any time or date limits that can prevent you from fishing on the pier. Lastly, never leave young children you’re fishing with unattended on the pier.

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