How to recognize channels from beach/rocks

Hey folks,

Being really novice, but getting more and more into fishing, I would need some advice. I read a lot about how it is important to find channels when fishing from beach/rocks, now my question is how you recognize these and why it is important to find them. Eater weekend we're going to Denmark to have some tries at whiting, herring or whatever is easy to catch over there. Do you need to be in channels for these sorts as well?

Really in to the dark about this as last saturday did a try from City Beach but all caught was a little crab on bits of squid on a paternoster set up.




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Look for areas where the

Mon, 2013-03-25 10:17

Look for areas where the waves are breaking offshore, then flattening out, reforming  & finally breaking again onshore. The area in between the two breaks is the gutter. On beaches that don't have much wave action you can spot gutters by looking for areas of darker blue water running parallel to the shoreline. If you google "reading a beach" you should find some usefull info on how to recognise gutters, channels, rips etc. Being able to read a beach is the most important skill in beach fishing so studdy up as much as you can.

That said whiting & herring can be found along almost any beach, though you will still get your best results by fishing in gutters etc. Try the area just behind the shore break for whiting & slightly further out for herring.


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Thanks CityFlicker; really

Mon, 2013-03-25 11:59

Thanks CityFlicker; really helpfull. Google always is a great source. I found a pretty good article and thought to share it for more people here. Will have to train the eye, i guess and training depends on whether missus lets us :-) but as often as we can!





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Mon, 2013-03-25 14:59


This gives some great explanations and information. Well well worth the read.

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Mon, 2013-03-25 17:39

 The higher up you get the easier they are to spot, high sand dunes make a great vantage point. Google earth can show some good beaches with big gutters and holes. Hope this helps's picture

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Good reading

Mon, 2013-03-25 20:23

 Some good reading there guys!

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 polarized sunnies can help

Tue, 2013-03-26 09:04

 polarized sunnies can help with spotting the gutters, but there are plenty of beaches to choose from with good gutters and some bigger fish as well. good luck


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