Saltwater Bait

I will be in Tampa this summer and really need to know about the deep sea fishing – what gear will I need? What should I expect?

Well the answer to this depends on what type of deep sea fishing you are going to attempt. The term “deep sea fishing” applies to many different types of fishing for many different species of varying sizes. The most common type of deep sea fishing is positioning your boat over a coral reef or other form of structure and bottom fishing for a wide variety of inhabitants of the area. The water depth for this type of fishing can be as shallow as twenty or thirty feet or as deep as one to two hundred feet. You will certainly need a reel that holds at least two hundred yards of heavy line for this type of fishing. Typical fish caught are Snappers, Grouper, Sharks, Sheepshead and a variety of smaller species. A strong stout rod is required for fishing structure. Once a fish grabs your line and realizes it is hooked it will immediately head into the shipwreck, coral or whatever other structure it can find. If you allow the fish to accomplish this it will surely find a way to cut your line and break off. You therefore want a stout heavy action rod to pull the fish off the bottom of the ocean and away from the area that is a danger to your line. You can also troll a fast moving bait for fish like Wahoo, King Mackerel and Dolphin. For these fish the reel becomes very important. Their ability to peel of a hundred yards of line in a matter of seconds makes your reel’s size and quality of drag system crucial to your angling success.

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.

© 2009 Ask Saltwater Fishing. All rights reserved. Sitemap
Proudly designed by TotalTreasureChest.