Three Tampa Deep Sea Fishing Tactics

Deep sea fishing for fast moving species such as Billfish, King Mackerel, Dolphin and others is also very entertaining and requires a complete different skill set and equipment roster.

These fish are extremely fast swimmers and can be caught by trolling live bait or artificial baits at high rates of speed.

It takes a great deal of experience and ability to read the water to locate these fish in the first place.  It is a much more difficult form of fishing than wreck fishing.  I strongly advise beginning anglers to take at least one to three trips with a professional guide to learn the details and important aspects of this type of fishing.  It can change from area to area and even from day to day as the pattern of these fish also change.

One big difference is that you will need a reel with a well oiled high quality drag.  You cannot horse these species of fish to the boat.  They are strong enough to snap even heavy test strength lines of they are not played properly.

They deserve and great deal of respect and will punish anglers who refuse to give it to them.  Large members of any of these species of fish can rip off several hundred yards of line from a reel in a matter of seconds.  If the drag does not run smooth the slightest hitch could be the opportunity the hooked fish needs to snap your line apart.  Invest in a high quality reel with smooth drag to avoid disappointment.

A third type of fishing involves moving to shallower waters in the area and angling for large species such as Tarpon.  Here you will typically use long rods with somewhat light line as these fish are spooked easily.  Again the drag system on your reel is critical. Tarpon will make runs that are so long you will need to chase them with your boat once hooked.  At least two to three hundred yards of line and a top notch drag are required for this form of fishing in this area.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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