Concrete casting: Mastering urban angling

Hey there, fellow anglers! If you’re like me, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of casting a line and reeling in a big one, especially when you can do it right in the heart of the city. Urban fishing used to be one of my go-to escapes when I was living in Downtown Savannah, GA in 2020 and Atlanta in 2021. I’m here to share some of my favorite urban fishing techniques with you. So grab your gear and let’s dive into the world of urban angling!

Exploring Skidaway Island State Park.

Discover the hidden gems

From sprawling green spaces to cozy pocket parks, you’ll find a diverse range of fishing opportunities right in your own backyard. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a newbie looking to dip your toes in the water, there’s something for everyone in urban fishing.

Take some time to look up bodies of water on Google Earth and see if you can find something nearby so that you don’t have to make long trips out of town just to do a little leisure fishing. The more uncommonly fished the body of water is, the better because it will feel like you have a body of water all to yourself.

Fishing a local neighborhood pond in Atlanta GA.

Species of fish

Urban waters are filled with a variety of freshwater species, from bass to trout and everything in between. Whether you’re targeting largemouth bass in a city lake or trying your luck at catching carp in an urban river, there’s no shortage of excitement to be had.

The largemouth bass, with its aggressive nature and penchant for ambush tactics, holds a special place in the hearts of urban anglers. There’s an undeniable thrill in coaxing these feisty fighters out from beneath submerged structures. Hooking into a trophy-sized bass amidst the cityscape is a rush like no other, a testament to the resilience of nature in the midst of urban sprawl.

But let’s not overlook the carp, those behemoths of the bottom who test the mettle of even the most seasoned anglers. Targeting these requires a blend of patience, strategy, and finesse, as you seek out their favorite feeding grounds and present your bait with precision.

And then there are the panfish, commonly found in city ponds and streams. From the bluegill to the crappie, these pint-sized predators offer endless entertainment for anglers of all ages. There’s a simple joy in reeling in these colorful characters, a reminder that sometimes the greatest pleasures can be found in the simplest of pursuits.

Catching mini bass out of a small pond in Atlanta GA on small profile lures.

Fishing techniques

Fishing in the city presents its own set of challenges, but with the right techniques, you can reel in a trophy catch right in the heart of the urban jungle.

Experimentation is the key. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try out different baits, lures, and techniques until you find what works best in your urban fishing playground. Whether it’s a flashy spinnerbait to mimic the shimmering lights of the city skyline or a subtle finesse worm to tempt wary bass from their hiding spots, there’s no shortage of options to explore.

I personally used to live next to a little walking trail with some really small-sized bass, and I used to love taking some smaller-sized baits like you find in the Strike King Bitsy Series because they are basically the tiny version of all your favorite lures and perfect for targeting those small ponds.

Vary your retrieval speeds to mimic the natural movements of prey, enticing even the most cautious fish to strike. Sometimes a slow, methodical retrieve is the ticket to success, while other times a fast and erratic retrieve can trigger aggressive strikes from opportunistic predators.

And always keep an eye out for underwater structure like fallen trees, rocky outcrops, and submerged debris; all provide ideal hiding spots for fish seeking shelter from the hustle and bustle of city life. Target these areas with precision casts and precise presentations, and you’ll increase your chances of hooking into a trophy catch.

But perhaps most importantly, remember to stay patient. Urban fishing requires a special kind of perseverance, as sometimes the biggest fish are the hardest to catch. It may take time and effort to unlock the secrets of your favorite urban fishing spot, but the rewards are well worth the wait.

Fishing the brackish water canals in Downtown Savanah GA in-between class.

Rules and regulations

Before you head out on your urban fishing adventure, it’s important to know the rules of the game. While many city parks allow fishing, there may be specific regulations you need to follow, such as catch limits, bait restrictions, and designated fishing areas.

Be sure to check the local regulations and obtain any necessary permits or licenses before you hit the water. And always remember to respect the environment and leave no trace behind.

Fishing the brackish water canals in Downtown Savanah GA near the interstate .

Safety tips

When it comes to fishing in the city, safety should always be your top priority. Make sure that if you go fishing alone that you have someone you trust who is checking up on you and making sure you made it to and from the lake. A more extreme but necessary precaution would be to share your cellphone location with someone.

Be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas where pedestrians and cyclists may be present. And always practice responsible angling. Dispose of fishing line and tackle properly to avoid harming wildlife, and pack out any trash or debris from your fishing spot.

By fishing responsibly, you can help preserve urban fishing opportunities for future generations to enjoy.

Fishing the brackish water canals in Downtown Savanah GA with a Strike King KVD 1.0 Crankbait.

Gear recommendations

Look for a rod and reel setup that strikes the perfect balance between power and finesse, allowing you to cast with precision and control while still having the backbone to handle those hard-fighting urban monsters. Look for a medium to medium-heavy rod paired with a smooth and reliable reel.

But gear isn’t just about rods and reels; it’s also about having the right arsenal of lures, bait, and tackle to entice even the most finicky urban fish. Stock up on a variety of options, from flashy crankbaits and topwater poppers to subtle soft plastics and live bait rigs, giving yourself plenty of options to adapt to changing conditions and fish preferences.

And let’s not forget about those little extras that can make all the difference when you’re spending long hours beside the water. Protect your eyes with a quality pair of polarized sunglasses, shield your skin from the sun’s rays with a high SPF sunscreen, and ward off pesky bugs with reliable insect repellent. Trust me, nothing puts a damper on a fishing trip faster than a sunburn or a swarm of mosquitoes!

Personal experience

As someone who’s spent countless hours exploring city parks in search of the perfect fishing spot, I can tell you that urban fishing is more than just a hobby – it’s a way of life. From early morning sunrises to late-night fishing sessions under the stars, each trip is a new adventure waiting to unfold. The greatest part is having a few hours of peace and quiet away from the chaos of city life.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler looking for a new challenge or a newbie eager to cast your first line, there’s something magical about fishing in the heart of the city. So grab your gear, explore your local parks, and get ready to reel in some memories that will last a lifetime. Happy fishing, my friends!