Visit the beach at low tide.
Gator, That's a good discription and an excelent tip for someone without the benefit of tips 1 2 and 3. Sounds like you know your way around in the dark.Originally posted by Gator:
Still learning but try this- especially at night(when you haven't had a chance to scout and structure is not very apparent).
Put on a floating plug- cast straight out- feel the way it sweeps. Then as you make your way up the beach (casting *usually 45 degrees opposite of the sweep direction) Pay attention to an area where the sweep goes in the opposite direction. That's definately a cut in the bar. Work both sides (including the one you just unknowingly walked past) Stare at the wave pattern while you are working plugs. Most times you will notice a difference in the wave pattern.
Example- Sat my plugs were all sweeping North to South. I found 2 areas where the plugs swept South to North then dug in and "drummed" half way through the sweep. With all of the wind there wasn't too much of a change in the waves breaking over the bar-but it was apparent in the dark thatthe water was coming together-near the beach from 2 directions and funneling back out- differently and with more force than the rest of the area I'd covered.
So those were cuts in the bar. I didn't catch anything that night- but past experience has taught me that my best chances were those two areas.
I live 70 miles from the beach- fish when I can- so I don't get much chance to scout. SJ beaches are harder to read than beaches with some deeper shorelines. If it was warm I'd tell you to go swimming. I use to ride waves and then let the rip take me back out(DE). I didn't surf fish- but I knew the structure from swimming.