I’m moving to the east coast of the U.S. and I have no idea what fishing in the Atlantic ocean is like. How is it different from the specific in terms of game fish and tactics?

Fishing the Atlantic Ocean is an experience much different than anything you have ever done. I had over ten years experience fishing the freshwater lakes of Northern Minnesota and Canada before my eyes got opening to the great fishing along the Atlantic Ocean. For starters ocean fish fight much harder than their fresh water counterparts. A three foot long barracuda looks like a Northern Pike in many ways and acts like one as well. But once hooked you will quickly learn the similarities end there. The same can be said of all comparisons between fish in the two areas of the country. Saltwater fish require much different equipment. You do not necessarily have to go real heavy but you do have to account for the added strength of saltwater fish. You can use medium or even medium light setups to catch fish like Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Barracuda or even Sharks. The key is that if you go light you must have reels spooled with large amounts of line. I have never needed more than seventy five or one hundred yards of line while fishing fresh water. When fishing the Atlantic you will often need two to three hundred yards of line. You will also need a reel with a very well oiled excellent drag. These fish can rip large amounts of line off very quickly. If your reel cannot withstand this pressure it will surely result in a break of your line. This in a nutshell is fishing on the Atlantic, gear up and hold on for the ride of your life.

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.

© 2008 Ask Saltwater Fishing. All rights reserved. Sitemap
Proudly designed by TotalTreasureChest.