Reading the Beach
Before eagerly venturing onto the beach with rod and bucket in hand, it’s wise to check out the surf conditions from a higher vantage point. If you can safely get access to higher spots such as a headland, take a few moments to study the surf. Look at how the waves are breaking, where the whitewash is forming and where the darker blue channels are. Can you see any deep V-shaped gutters or holes, rip areas, drop-offs, and shallow sand banks further out? These beach formations will show you what’s going on in the water and help you work out the areas where fish would probably congregate. For the beginner, this would be a good start, but there are many other factors to consider like tides and the way rough weather can affect beach formations - which incidentally can change without much notice.