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Old 06-14-2017, 09:32 PM   #1
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Surf Question

I've not waded the surf, so I have a question:

What is the maximum wave height to even attempt to wade the surf? I'd be throwing live bait I suppose, or soft plastics.

I wade the Rockport area bay system, and boat fish our bays, but have never hit the surf here.

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:52 PM   #2
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I think that's very dependent of your age and how the fish are biting... the older you are the less you are willing to fight the waves or no fish and you won't last long. If the fish are there, you can put up with taking one over head occasionally!

Try to look for .5 to 1.5ft with a SE wind to set up the green water on the beachfront and a NW wind will usually knock it flat but it may not be green. To be successful in the surf it's a constant vigil of weather wind and tides, a bit of luck, and being ready to go when it "gets right".
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:03 PM   #3
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1.6 and below is what I like
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:18 PM   #4
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Bobbing up and down is hard on the knees. Perfect for me is breaking just on the first bar. No white water on the second.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:56 AM   #5
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Bobbing up and down is hard on the knees. Perfect for me is breaking just on the first bar. No white water on the second.
I agree with this, but have sat in the truck and watched friends take every 3rd or 4th one to the face..and they caught fish ( sometimes) buddy pulled out one just under 8 fishing conditions one morning that I said hell no to. Not enough to get on Star board but on his wall! Its not fun to get hat and glasses knocked off on first few casts, makes me reconsider.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:02 AM   #6
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If you are 6' standing in 4' of water, well, you get it. I could take it when I was younger, but not anymore. Not that mad at 'em.
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:38 AM   #7
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You can do the surf without wading out too far even on a rough day. Many times the trout and redfish are in the first trough right off the beach, especially at high or incoming tide. If you can find a deep 1st trough it is better. Look for irregular wave patterns and cuts in the water line and sand and outflows or inflows across the 1st sand bar. Large predator fish feed out of deeper water and ambush to shallow water. Larger trout hang out together in groups of 2 or 4 and will only tolerate fish their own size otherwise they will try to eat the smaller ones. If they are not holding here then go to the next bar out but fish as you go. Only go in water you are comfortable in. If the waves are breaking over your head it is too rough in that area.
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Very good info Fishsurfer!
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:38 PM   #9
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Also take into account the speed of the waves, slow rollers even if larger aren't near as bad as the short ones that come ever 2 seconds.
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Swell + wind wave = actual wave height

So if you see a swell of 1.6 and wind wave of 1 ft, you will occasional get the wind wave on the crest of the swell i.e. A nearly 3 ft wave


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