Saltwater Tips

What tips can you tell me for fishing in salt water?

Fishing in saltwater is definitely a learning process for those unfamiliar with the process. I had twenty years fishing experience in Minnesota before I cast my first line into the saltwater of Florida. Many of the standard principles of fishing hold and others must be learned. I advise starting with live bait, more specifically the live shrimp. You can catch literally dozens of different species using a live shrimp for bait. Both the six inch Snapper and one hundred pound Tarpon will attack a live shrimp when properly motivated. Understand that saltwater fish are much more wary and aware of their surroundings than their freshwater cousins. I advise using fluorocarbon leaders whenever fishing saltwater. Fluorocarbon is known for its clarity, it is very tough for fish to see it. Remember saltwater is much clearer than freshwater, you must be very wary when angling for certain species. You must also have top notch equipment that is well maintained. Your reel will need an excellent drag and must hold at least two hundred yards of line if you are fishing for larger species of fish. A Snook, Redfish or Jack Crevalle are much better fighters than a Largemouth Bass, Walleye or Northern Pike of equal size. Your equipment will need to account for this. You cannot use line that is extra heavy so you must have a reel with well working drag and high quality rod to fight the fish. The last thing I would like to point out is the tide. When locating fish you will notice the tide affects their movements greatly. A good spot one moment may not be good two hours later.

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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