Five Salt Water Sport Fishing Tactics

Salt water sport fishing is also known as deep sea fishing and requires some very distinct skills that are not needed when freshwater fishing. This is because of the sheer enormity of the fish that you are angling for in salt water. There are very few species of freshwater fish that reach the mammoth sizes of over eight hundred pounds and yet this is common when fishing for certain species in the oceans of the world. The equipment itself is much larger and the need for strapping to keep you from being pulled from the boat when you hook a large fish is an issue that never occurs in freshwater fishing. The following are another five salt water sport fishing tactics:
1. Fish with Knowledgeable Fishermen – For the novice and even those who have had some experience with sport fishing, it is a good idea to head out to the open waters with those who are knowledgeable about the sport. If you go fishing with people who have never done this type of fishing before, the odds are that your trip is not successful. Those with the experience know where to find certain fish species and what to use to catch them. They also have all of the equipment, safety and fishing, to make the trip more productive and safe. If you do not have any acquaintances that have done this type of fishing, then you should contact a charter company a few times until you get the hang of it and have more experience bringing in the monster fish you are bound to catch.
2. Watch For Dolphins – Many times, when fishing for tuna, there are many dolphins in the same locality. When speaking about dolphins in these terms, it is the mammal species not the fish species that the concern is about. Dolphins are protected so it is vital that nobody on the boat attempt to land one of them instead of fishing for the tuna. Dolphins enjoy eating the tuna as much as humans do so there is a bit of competition between us but that does not mean that we can abuse this mammal in any way. Instead, find areas that do not have a huge dolphin following so that there are no unwarranted accidents involving them.
3. Reef Fishing – The experts know that you do not just have to go out to the deepest waters to find the really large fish. Areas around reefs contain small fish which is what the larger fish feed on. Finding the feeder fish is a guarantee that the larger fish are in the area too. Very few novice fishermen are at these locations so they can be a treasure trove for fishing and when not fishing can be a stunning and peaceful way to spend the day.
4. Learn the Signs – Before you go out on the water for the first time even if it is with a charter group, study up on what you can expect. Learn how nature in the ocean interacts so that you are prepared and can spot the small signals that are shown. For instance, when sea birds are detected on the water where there is no land, it is a good sign that there are schools of small fish in the area. Again, where there are small fish, the larger fish can be found feeding on them. This would be a great place to drop anchor and fish. Learning these types of signs makes a good fisherman great and can mean more successful fishing trips when you go out on your own.
5. Dealing with Motion Sickness – Not every person can handle being on a boat for long periods of time and it is common to suffer from motion sickness. The further out from shore that you go, the choppier the waters can be. If you have issues with motion sickness, make sure that you take the proper medication to alleviate the symptoms so you are not stuck in the cabin in misery for the entire trip. Speak to your physician and make sure to follow all of the directions on the medication to make sure it works and allows you to be able to fish in comfort. Conversely, if the medications do not help and you have serious issues, it may be wise to simply fish from shore and forgo any deep sea adventures.
Salt water sport fishing can be a fun way to spend some off time and can offer some fresh fish for the table and freezer as well. The novice should always learn all they can about the sport before they head out on a fishing trip and it is recommended that they go with experienced fishermen the first few times out. Take care of motion sickness issues with medication and watch out for dolphins when fishing for tuna and you can have a great day on the water.

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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