Beach casting platform?

Preston

Active Member
#4
A few years ago it was quite common for local beach anglers to carry along a plastic milk crate to stand on while casting. A plastic bottle on a cord functioned as a buoy, enabling the angler to keep track of the crate and to retrieve it without having to fish around for it. I haven't seen anyone using this dodge in a while. I do recall seeing a video of some east coast striped bass anglers using step ladders as casting platforms and I believe they are used at Nevada's Pyramid Lake.

My first thought is that carrying a step ladder up and down the beach would be a big pain in the ass, especially since most of our beach fishing involves covering quite a few miles in the course of a day's fishing. Schools of resident coho, in particular, frequently move rather quickly up and down the beaches in pursuit of moving bait and I can only imagine that a step ladder would a greater impediment than any advantage it might offer.
 

Philster

Active Member
#5
I do recall seeing a video of some east coast striped bass anglers using step ladders as casting platforms and I believe they are used at Nevada's Pyramid Lake.
Those striper anglers are fishing HUGE flats. It's more about spotting than distance casting, and often only the guide is up high, and doing his best not to move and alert the fish.

Being a Pyramid vet, for me the appeal of the ladder was often getting more of my body out of the frigid water in the cold conditions I usually fished pyramid. After all, most hits came at the ledges, and you could get close enough to them to not need to cast over 100'.

As to doing it here? I fish the beach for relaxation and escape. Hauling stuff around seems too much like work...
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#8
A few years ago it was quite common for local beach anglers to carry along a plastic milk crate to stand on while casting. A plastic bottle on a cord functioned as a buoy, enabling the angler to keep track of the crate and to retrieve it without having to fish around for it. I haven't seen anyone using this dodge in a while. I do recall seeing a video of some east coast striped bass anglers using step ladders as casting platforms and I believe they are used at Nevada's Pyramid Lake.

My first thought is that carrying a step ladder up and down the beach would be a big pain in the ass, especially since most of our beach fishing involves covering quite a few miles in the course of a day's fishing. Schools of resident coho, in particular, frequently move rather quickly up and down the beaches in pursuit of moving bait and I can only imagine that a step ladder would a greater impediment than any advantage it might offer.
:rofl: Too funny! Can you just see someone running down the beach with a step ladder and fly rod in hand in their Orvis outfit? Cracks me up..
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#9
Some of the flosser / snagger patrol were using ladders for King fishing this year on the Skok. They have the "spot, floss and snag" techique down to a science.