Deep Sea Fishing Tips

Deep sea fishing offers a rush many other types of fishing can’t provide. The spray of salty water, the crash of the boat against the waves, the wide open spaces as far as the eye can see or the powerful pull of a monster fish: these are the things deep sea fishermen crave, and we definitely understand why. If you are just getting started in the sport, there are a few things you should know before heading out on the open ocean.

Watch the Signs
If you see birds congregating in one spot, you can count on there being bait fish in that area. And where there are bait fish, larger predatory fish are sure to be found. Stay alert for signs like these. Also, if you see a group of dolphins, there is an increased chance a school of tuna will be close by, as these two often swim together.

Choose the Right Rod
There are two main types of saltwater rods: fiberglass and graphite. Fiberglass is the older material of the two, offering extreme durability for a lower price. While you can depend on fiberglass rods to last a long time, they lack both the flexibility and sensitivity of graphite rods. You can also go with a composite, or combination of both materials, that offers performance and price in the middle.

Talk to the Locals
Who will know the area better than the fishermen who call that area home? They can give you key insights into the area, which baits work best and the fish that are sure to bite at specific times of the day.

Bait the Hook
Live bait always works best when saltwater fishing. Keep your bait alive, even after hooking it. To do this, pass the hook through the lips, nostrils or eye sockets so your bait can swim naturally and attract predatory fish. You can also use crabs, shrimp or other shellfish as bait. If you aren’t interested in live bait, you can use cut bait. If you must use lures, be sure they are bright and shiny to attract your desired fish.

Find Your Sea Legs
If you are prone to motion sickness, there are a few things you can do to keep from getting seasick. The first, obviously, is to take motion sickness medication before getting on the boat. The second is to keep you eyes on the horizon. This will help your body adjust to the movement. Also, stay on the deck of the boat. Going into the cabin can increase motion sickness significantly.

Be Courteous
Commercial and recreational fishing can only be preserved if we practice methods that protect the fish. Use a circle hook so you are sure not to hook the fish in the neck or fin. Treat the fish with respect. Don’t hold the fish out of the water longer than you can hold your breath, and be sure you don’t remove their protective slime from the body. Practice catch and release, especially in the spawning seasons.

Don Proper Footwear
While flip-flops might be what you want to wear, one slip or hook in your toe and you’ll change your mind. You need quality rubber soled shoes to keep your feet firm on the floor of the boat. Especially when it comes time to pull in your monster fish.

Now you are ready for your deep sea adventure. We hope you catch a goliath, and don’t forget to get your fishing attire from trusted retailers, like Carhartt!

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