Vast, complex, and full of amazing creatures, the sea can be intimidating. Although saltwater and freshwater fishing require the same basic equipment (rod, reel, tackle, hook, bait), they are also different in numerous ways. For example, saltwater fishing involves distinctive techniques, special tools, and larger fish with unique shapes. We’ve already discussed tips for freshwater fishing, so today we’re focusing on saltwater fishing tips for beginners. Are you ready to get started, unseasoned anglers?
Saltwater Fishing Tips for Beginners
Follow the fish. One of the best ways to catch a saltwater fish is to seek out the fish’s home. Many fish choose to live in structures like ship wrecks and reefs, which you can locate using a nautical chart. In addition, if you spot a school of fish, target the fish on the perimeter to avoid scaring the other fish away.
Practice alongside experts. When you’re first getting started, try fishing alongside experienced experts. Whether you’re deep-sea fishing or angling on a pier, their advice will be crucial. In many areas, fishing party boats are available for this purpose.
Handle the fish carefully before releasing it. When releasing your catch, be sure to handle the fish carefully so that it will survive and flourish. Don’t keep the fish out of the water for too long, of course, and only touch a fish with wet hands or gloves to avoid removing its protective slime. If you want to hold the fish, support its body instead of letting it dangle from its jaw.
Use tempting bait. The most common bait for saltwater fishing is shrimp, with live shrimp being optimal. You might also use cut bait, i.e. fish cut into small pieces. This is an inexpensive and convenient option, because you can use unwanted fish to catch larger fish.
Safety first. Even if the day is calm and you are a confident swimmer, be sure to secure a life jacket, first-aid kit, and survival kit inside the boat. You never know when the winds will change, so prepare for the unpredictable. In addition, any children along for the ride should wear a life jacket at all times.
Avoid seasickness. If you’re a novice on the water or you’re fishing with someone new, be sure to pack seasickness medication. Even seasoned anglers will use a seasickness medication if the sea is particularly choppy. Don’t neglect this simple step, because believe us, there is nothing worse than seasickness on a fishing trip!
Research the area. Before you head out on the water, research the area where you plan to fish. Using navigation charts and educational materials, seek out promising areas to fish. Learn about the different species of fish in the area and the baits they prefer as well. Finally, check the tides for the day you plan to fish. Typically, fishing on the ebb tide provides better conditions for anglers.
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