Reading the beach

Time and time again I repeat to myself an old saying when im heading out, or blanking out – 90% of the fish, are in 10% of the water. Reading the beach is a vital tool in locating that 10%

This rings true, as there is nothing so sure as, if you are fishing where there are no fish, you will not catch fish. Vast swathes of our waterways in Ireland contain nothing, zilch, nada, zip, nil! I don’t mean the rivers are empty, I mean, most of the water in the rivers we fish are empty. Any trout or Salmon angler will tell you if you want to catch fish, fish the runs and riffles, or close to banks and over hanging trees or hedges, fish close to features, and places where the fish have cover, and food supply.

Learning the lies in rivers is the same as learning the bottom of the sea, its easy once you know how. How did I find out how? A lot of research, a lot of reading and youtubing, but it all came together in the best and easiest explanation for me, by a guy named Rich Troxler.

Rich explains the seabed and the how’s and why’s of fish activity and patterns, and most importantly, feeding habits of predators such as bass and Cod. My two favourite species to catch when saltwater fishing.

Below are the 3 Richtrox videos I learned from. I hope they are as useful to you as they were to me! Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.






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