Tips for Deep Sea Fishing

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:56am by Braid Products No Comment

Deep sea fishing is a trending sport. Television shows like Deadliest Catch or Shark Men have brought attention to going after the “big ones.” Although deep sea fishing is fun to do, it is very different from the regular fishing that most people have experienced. Avid anglers may have been fishing for years, but find themselves out of water, so to speak, when switching to the specialized equipment for deep sea excursions. For the greatest success in deep sea fishing, an expert with knowledge of your fishing area should be on board to supply tips on where to fish and how to make best use of the equipment. That is his contribution to a favorable outcome. For your part, below are some pointers to make your deep sea and offshore fishing trips enjoyable and successful.

Look to the sky. Yes, we mean watch the sea birds. Look for gulls that feast on small bait-type fish. If they are there feeding on small bait, odds are there are probably larger game-type fish below the water surface just as interested in the smaller fish.

Pay attention to floating wood or debris. When you chance upon a large piece of floating wood, you can find large game fish in the area and even enjoy some dolphin encounters.

Look for Snook. Snooks are described as “inshore fish with an attitude”. They like to be around ledges, posts and rock piles around inlets and passes. These great catch-and-release giants can be found in the Florida Panhandle when the waters heat up during the summer. They are considered a challenge to catch as they tend to be finicky about how and when they will consider a presented bait. And, they can be a fun catch because of their fighting tactics.

Full moon, crab delight. During full moons, crabs shed their shells and stripers come looking for them. Benefit by using soft crab imitations for bait.

Find the dolphin, find the tuna. Yellowfin tuna are usually found schooling with dolphins. So if you see a group of dolphins, chances are there are some tuna in the area.

Watch out for other species. The presence of dolphin can be a sign of tuna, but make sure when fishing for species like tuna that you do guard against snagging dolphin and ocean animals that you wouldn’t want to catch or aren’t allowed to catch. Study the difference between fair game species and those off limits and learn ways to avoid catching the latter.

Know the Bait. Learn what the larger fish are feeding on during each season of the year, and especially when you are fishing for them. True, this is something you need to pay attention to in regards to any type of fishing. However, when it comes to deep sea fishing, you will most likely need to buy a specific type of bait for best success. Talk to some experienced anglers who specialize in catching the type of fish you’re going after. Talented anglers are willing to share their knowledge on a number of sport fishing forums online.

Unwanted transfer. Be sure to rinse your hands after applying sunscreen while out on the boat. The smell and taste can transfer to the bait you’re handling, causing the fish to stop biting.

Cut and Burn. Deep sea fishermen use spiderwire because its like a spider web. It’s easy to feel the fish’s strike on the bait. But, spiderwire is also more difficult to cut. If you have trouble cutting through a spiderwire braid, try burning it through with a lighter or a match flame.

Head for the Reef. The best place to fish is near reefs as they are hot beds of activity for smaller fish, which means larger fish wanting to feed will swim to a reef or along its outskirts.

Get hooked on the Circle Hook. Using a circle hook assures more catch and are better for the fish since their engineering hooks just in the lip, not in the fish’s gut. These hooks are much less likely to harm the fish, especially fins and gills. A variety of fish will latch onto live bait on this hook. If your object is catch-and-release, then this is the best option for doing minimal damage.

Avoid Sea Legs. To minimize seasickness, watch the horizon and stay on deck. Also, stay away from the boat’s fumes. Breathing them can aggravate the problem.

Anchors Away. Eventually, the nature of deep sea fishing will result in an anchor stuck at the ocean floor or on debris. It the anchor gets stuck at the bottom, try attaching a float to it. Return after the tide has changed in direction. This should be enough to loosen the anchor.

All these tips should help your next deep sea fishing excursion. If you pay attention to these tips you should have a great time with successful results. You will be able to catch some big ones, especially if you pick the right location and put all that the area’s waters offer to your advantage. But, perhaps the most important tip to having a blast is keeping the right attitude. Not every time is going to be lucky. Certainly, not every time will catch the fish of a lifetime. The important thing is to enjoy your time on the waters.

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