Bridge Fishing

best way to fish of a bridge

The best way to fish from a bridge is to keep your bait in areas that hold fish. The reason a bridge is a great place to fish is that it holds the entire food chain in the area. Small mollusks and other invertebrates attach themselves to the pilings of the bridge and feed off the walls of the bridge. Small fish feed from organisms that tend to congregate in these areas as well. Once you have this setup you see fish of various sizes enter the area, it is a constant scene where fish are both predator and prey unless they are very large. With this in mind it makes no sense when I see anglers proudly cast their line way out into the middle of the ocean as if they have accomplished some great feat. Sure you can and will catch some fish with the long cast but you will not have the same effectiveness as you would in tight to the area that holds the fish. There is a reason boat anglers position their boats butt up against a ridge rather than fish the open water. I like to fish bridges with just a little weight and allow the current of the water to bring my bait into the structure points and try to entice a strike from a predatory fish. Learn to use the tide and motion of the water to your advantage when fishing bridges. When you do hook a fish remember to keep it as best you can away from the structure however as many are very adept at using it to sever your line.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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