What You Need To Know about Saltwater Fishing Gear

Flies are an important part of saltwater fishing. There are two basic types. Subsurface flies and surface flies. Subsurface flies, or weighted flies, allow the fly to sink beneath the surface, and most saltwater fish are caught with this type of fly. Surface flies, or surface patterns, stay on the surface of the water, and though you might not catch as many fish, many anglers thrill to see a big saltwater fish leap out of the surface and grab a surface fly. Choose a subsurface fly that imitates the natural food selections in the areas in which you fish. Good choices are Minnows in white and chartreuse or white and red. Choose flies that imitate such things as finger mullet, shrimp, and crabs.

Fishing for trout in the shallows in May and again in September through November are great times to use surface flies or sinking lines and catch a fish to make you proud! These are prime spawn times, and fish like the speckled trout are found in more shallow waters during this time, especially in from two to twelve or thirteen feet of water and in grass flats, along beaches, and around docks where there is plenty of light at night will provide lots of saltwater fishing action.

Consider purchasing your saltwater fishing gear based on the type of fishing you will be doing. Just like you would not go outdoors in the winter time without a heavy coat and boots, you should not go out into the saltwater with the wrong equipment. It will hurt you and your abilities to do saltwater fishing well.

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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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