What is traditional surfcasting?
The type of surfcasting promoted by SRI has been practiced in Rhode Island for many seasons. Simply put, it is fishing with live eels or fairly good-sized lures, at night, or under the low light conditions of dusk and dawn. But while I agree with the traditional methodologies, I won’t hold you to the practices. We’ll use spinning rather than conventional tackle, and release a good percentage of the catch. Those are minor points though – the mechanics of surfcasting remain essentially unchanged.
Soon, you’ll realize that surfcasting is at odds with the modern world. In a time where most demand instant gratification; surfcasting bestows its secrets and rewards slowly. Though there have been advances in tackle; surfcasting remains a low tech sport.
While the mechanics of the sport have remained unchanged, how we learn it has. Whereas past generations learned by personal instruction – many fishermen now learn the sport from books and magazines. With surfcasting, the importance of “hands-on” instruction cannot be overstated. While some excellent fishermen are self-taught – most have either come from fishing families, or were helped by someone. Finding that help has become increasingly difficult.