Four Deep Sea Fishing Tactics

Deep sea fishing is a sport that has been around for a long time but only the most daring anglers choose to venture this far out into the ocean. It’s not something that the average fisherman would want to do but if you’re searching for a new challenge that provides the thrill of a lifetime, then it may be exactly what you’re looking for.
However, before you commit to this type of adventure you do need to know what you’re getting yourself into to make sure it’s something you want to do. First, you will be traveling out to depths of at least 30 feet and usually more. This means that you will be a good distance from shore but it’s where the larger species such as the tuna, marlin, swordfish and sharks can be found. If you suffer from motion sickness, you’ll need to take along some medication so you can enjoy the trip.
Fishing the deep seas is one of the most difficult ways to catch fish. It’s important that you be physically up to the challenge as well as mentally prepared. If you suffer from any type of medical condition, see your health care provider before going on this trip. Tell him what you plan to do and ask if it is safe for you to make a deep sea fishing trip in your condition. If so, you’re good to go.
Be aware that when you catch a fish you will be straining and pulling to get it to the boat. Some of these larger species will fight you for hours and not give up until they reach complete exhaustion. This is going to take its toll your body so you need to be physically capable of handling this type of strain.
The best way to go deep sea fishing is by hiring a charter service to take you out. They will already have the vessel and gear needed to accommodate this species and the rough seas found this far offshore. They will also be experience maneuvering around in these conditions and dealing with the larger species so it will make your fishing trip safer.
Fishing Tactics for the Deep Sea
Deep sea fishing requires a different mindset than fishing closer to shore requires. You can’t simple throw your line in the water and reel in a fish. It takes planning and preparation to get ready for this trip that must be done in advance and you need a few good fishing tactics to get you started. The charter will take you out to the location where you will most likely find the species you’re seeking out and then you can choose the best tactic for the fish you’re trying to catch.
Here are four deep sea fishing tactics that can be used depending on which species you’re fishing:
1. Bottom Fishing- When bottom fishing, the boat will be anchored in a prime location. You can use chum to drawn the fish to your location and then proceed to drop your line and start fishing. Use circle hooks and live bait for the best results.
2. Trolling- This is one of the most popular tactics to use because you can cover such a big area in a shorter period giving you more time to fish. Having the ability to fish different depths with different types of bait all at the same time will help increase the odds of getting more bites and thus reel in more fish.
3. Drift Fishing- When drift fishing the boat will drift around in an area that is considered a prime location for the type of fish you want to catch. Cast out your line and the water will move the bait around in a natural way attracting the fish. Using mackerel and squid or some other type of live bait will get the most action when using this tactic.
4. Fish Near Reefs- All species have a tendency of staying near locations where there is a good food source and this is what you’ll find around reefs. The smaller fish hang out around these and that attracts the larger species. Ease up to the reef, drop your line and wait for a bite.
Before venturing out on a deep sea fishing adventure make sure it’s something that you truly want to do. The charter won’t be able to turn around and bring you back to shore once you’ve headed out. You must be dedicated to following through with your decision.
Even though you will be on a charter boat with experienced guides, this doesn’t mean that you should not stay alert. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. It will keep you safer, help you catch more fish and ensure you get the most from your journey. Deep sea fishing is an amazing adventure for those up to the challenge and it will surely be a fishing trip you’ll never forget.

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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