Wreck Fishing

What is wreck fishing ?

Wreck fishing is simply put locating a sunken boat or perhaps other structure on the bottom of the water and fishing in that general area. You do not need to fish deep water to locate wrecks. In the Gulf of Mexico there are literally hundreds of wrecks in six to fifteen foot water. If you have a fish locator / depth finder you can locate known wrecks yourself. You can also access the internet to buy books that will give you the GPS coordinates of many of these wrecks. Once you have located a wreck fishing for it is pretty simple. The first problem is anchoring the boat properly. You will want to judge the current of the water and the wind to determine how your boat will be pushed when you turn the motor off. You want to position the boat so you will remain in casting range but not be directly on top of a shallow water wreck. If you find a deep water wreck it is ok to be right on top of it. In shallow water however you are much better to be within casting range. Once in position the trick is to use enough weight to keep the bait near the bottom without actually getting hung up in the wreck itself. This could mean one or two small split shot weights or perhaps something larger if the water conditions dictate such. Natural or live bait is definitely the way to. Cut fish, shrimp or live fish all will produce well.

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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