Four fishing techniques for saltwater fishing from a boat

Some of the best saltwater fishing you’ll ever enjoy is done from a boat. You can be productive when fishing from the shore but using a boat has many advantages that can make your fishing trip more fun and productive. It gives you more freedom to move around and you can cover a lot of ground faster than if you’re on foot.

Fishing from a boat allows you to get into places you can’t go otherwise. There are many coves and similar places that are isolated and can’t be reached by foot. These areas are usually full of fish because they are so secluded. It also makes it easier to fish during the busy season when the waters are full of boaters both

fishing and joy riding because you can get away from all the noise and go somewhere quiet and peaceful.

Saltwater Fishing Techniques to Use from a Boat

There are several techniques that can be used successfully when fishing from a boat. The one you use will be based on the size of the boat you have, the gear onboard and personal preference. Each technique has its advantages and can produce excellent results depending on which species you’re seeking out.

Four fishing techniques for saltwater fishing from a boat:
1. Trolling- You can troll for almost any species of fish effectively and it’s an easy technique to use. The main thing to remember is to keep the boat moving at a slow steady speed and fish different depths using a variety of baits. Once you find the right depth and the bait that is getting the most action, you can set the other lines to match.
2. Drift Fishing- When drift fishing your bait will slowly drift though the strike zone at a natural pace and this will entice the fish to bite. It’s easy to use and very effective.
3. Casting- Casting makes it easy to get your bait in areas around structures where the fish are hiding out waiting for a tasty meal to come by. You can keep your boat far enough away to avoid scaring the fish and still get your bait close enough to entice a strike.
4. Jigging- When jigging, you’re above the fish and you’ll lower the bait right down to them. Since you can jig fish quietly there is no danger of scaring the fish away as long as you start from the outside of the school and fish inward. There are many different jigs to choose from making it possible to find something to entice any species. This also makes jigging an excellent method to use.

The size of your boat will make a huge difference on which technique you use because it will determine what type of gear you can carry with you and where you can go. For example, a large boat will make it easier to go trolling because you can carry more fishing rods and other gear needed to make your fishing trip a success.

However, a small boat will make it easier to creep up into coves and other areas where you can sneak up on the fish and jig or cast your line into the strike zone. You can then begin to quietly reel them in one by one. When deciding which size fishing boat you would like to have this is something you may want to consider. Choose one that matches the type of fishing you enjoy doing the most and you should be satisfied with your choice.

Before Heading Out On the Water

Before you go fishing on a boat there are a few things that you need to do. First of all, do an inspection and make sure that everything is in order. You need to check the equipment, gas tank, two-way radio and make sure you have a life preserver for everyone on board. Check your emergency kit and if it needs to be updated, take care of it before you leave. Double check and make sure all of your lights are working correctly, just in case you get caught out after dark.

Check the weather forecast before heading out on your fishing trip. If storms are in the forecast, you may want to delay you plans until the weather clears up. Even if the forecast is for clear skies, you still need to pay close attention to the weather while on the water. Storms can pop up unexpectedly and high winds can cause the water to become rough and unsafe.

Someone on shore should always know when you’re leaving, when you plan to be back and the general area where you plan to fish. In case of an emergency, this information will be very useful. Safety is always your number one concern so obey the rules and stay in touch with someone on shore.

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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