Deep sea fishing is considered a sport and, is generally referred to as boat fishing or game fishing. Deep sea fishing is done in the salt waters and the main purpose is to catch game fish.
Big game fish are rarely found on the shoreline which is why anglers take deep sea expeditions to catch these fish. Deep sea fishing can be done to catch marlins, sharks, big bass or tuna fish. The reason why these fish are present so deep in the open waters is that they are big in size, which requires them to swim and roam in vast water areas to live and feed.
No matter which purpose takes an angler to a deep sea fishing expedition, it is the best fishing activity that any angler would want to try. This is why big game fishing is so addictive because it presents certain challenges and equally great experiences and rewards. If done right, deep sea fishing can become a rewarding sport for every experienced and beginner angler.
Some Important Considerations For Fishing In Deep Sea Waters:
To have the best experience of big game fishing in the ocean, you need to consider some practices and key points. Considering and following these guidelines will ensure that you catch more fish and have a fulfilling fishing experience.
Here are some important deep sea fishing tips and techniques to observe before you dive into saltwater fishing.
Select The Best Tools:
While fishing in salt waters, there are lots of factors which can affect the results of your fishing. Salt water, exposure to heavy winds and sun can damage your equipment. Big game fish can also damage the equipment and the low quality gears are more prone to breaking and decaying after some uses.
If you want to have good fishing experience, you need to invest in high quality fishing gear. Not only that, but your fishing gears should also have integration.
If one of your fishing gear, such as line, is weak, no matter how strong your rod is, your fishing will be affected. A cheap line will break as soon as a big fish starts resisting and the strength of reel and rod power will not be able to make up for it.
Same is the case for reels. If you use low quality cheap reels, you will end up having low pull power which will affect the performance of rod and line.
Rods also need to be powerful and suitable with line and reels. You can use collapsible fishing rods which are portable and easy to store.
You also need to compare and match the rod, reel and line to the type of fish you intend to catch. If you want to catch a big fish, all three components of the gear need to be strong and should match each other.
Replacing lines: The longevity of test lines depend on the proper maintenance. If you regularly clean them after every use and protect them from developing rust or wear, fishing lines can have longer functionality.
Monofilament lines need to be changed every year, whereas the braid lines will need to be changed after 2 to 3 year.
To prevent burns or tears on braided lines, you can use leaders. These leaders protect the thin braids from wear and tear. You can use transparent leaders to ensure that the fish doesn’t see it. The fluorocarbon leaders are invisible to the fish in the water.
A very important consideration when fishing in the ocean is the choice of lure of bait you are going to use. If you intend to use live bait, you will need it alive and active by the time you reach the spot where you intend to fish. Using live bait means that you will have to keep it in fresh water where it gets enough oxygen to stay alive and active.
Ensure that the bait is not exposed to direct sunlight and if they are in a container, make sure that there is enough oxygen present. To ensure the baits stay alive, you will need to keep changing the water every few hours.
You also need to make sure that you are using the best bait for deep sea fishing. A best bait for ocean fishing is the one which will match the natural diet of the fish you intend to catch. The most commonly used live baits for saltwater fishing are; clams, mussels, baitfish, sea worms, crab, squid, minnows, shrimps, etc. these baits are easy to keep fresh in ice buckets so they are relatively low maintenance.
When storing live baits by putting them in ice buckets, you will need to take care of the fact that the fish can get ice burns, or injured by extreme cold temperatures. So, you will need to avoid putting the bait directly over ice. Instead, use a newspaper page or wet paper towel.
Using Artificial Baits:
Using lures can be a little bit trickier than live bait. Live bait moves naturally in water and thus, can attract fish easily. To use artificial lures, you will need to learn to move them in water like the natural movement of live bait.
When you are using jigging or any other method of fishing except trolling, you will need to move the line according to the type of fishing you are doing. The movement, the speed and the retrieval and twitching of the line should be carefully considered.
The best way to learn these techniques is practicing them often. Using these movements will trick the fish into thinking that the lure is actually a small fish.
The artificial bait should also be cleaned regularly to keep them bright and new. Best fishing lures attract the fish with their bright colors, and sounds. Ensure that your fishing lures are clean and shiny, because if they are dirty and unrecognizable for the fish, you might not be able to catch a fish.
You also need to wash and rinse the lures after using them and before returning them to tackle box in order to avoid rust.
Choosing The Suitable Hook:
Salt water fishing has three most popular fishing hooks which are used by the anglers. There are circle hooks, live bait hooks and J Hooks.
Live bait hooks are short in length. They are designed to hold the live baits without killing them. The live bait hooks are also designed to allow the bait to move in a natural order in the water.
Live bait hooks do not have any sharp barbs attach on them which can kill the live bait. This means that it will be harder to keep the bait sticking on the hook. This is why you need to consider the size of the bait and the hook. Do not use a much smaller or much bigger hook, as it ca lead to unfortunate results.
The J hooks have sharp barbs on them. These barbs are used to stick lures on the hooks. It allows greater control over the movement of lures in the water. It also prevents the lure slipping from the hook by occasional nibbling of the fish. J hooks are ideally used for strip and chunk baits which require strong bondage with the hook.
Circle hooks are best kind of hooks when you are using catch and release practice. These hooks are best to use if your intentions are not to hurt the fish, but to release it after catching it.
Circle hooks stick inside the mouth of the fish, preventing the penetration inside other internal organs. Thus, it keeps the internal body of the fish damage free. It is very easy to use circle hooks, as they can be easily taken out of a fish’s mouth after catching it.
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This trick is used to lure the fish after your line by leaving a trail of food in its wake. Chumming acts as a trail of bait from a distance into your fishing range.
When using chum, you need to be moderate. Don’t use too much chum, as providing large amount of food will satisfy the fish and they will not be interested in moving towards your casting area.
Using small amount of chum will also not be useful, as the fish will not be attracted in the first place.
The right way is to start from small amounts and gradually increase, yet not use too much.
Responsible And Sustainable Fishing:
At Exposed Outdoors, we care deeply about the environment and its natural order. When you are out in the waters, only fishing should not be your concern. Maintaining the environment and sustainable fishing should also be a concern. You must always feel a responsibility towards the environment you are fishing in. not littering the waters and trying to minimize the impact on the habitat of the fish is what good anglers should do.
- Keeping a box or plastic bags to put all your waste material in when you are boat fishing is really necessary. Never throw plastic bottles or other materials in the water which can cause damage to the habitat of the fish. Make sure you leave the place better than when you reached, to ensure that you and others can continue fishing here whenever you want.
- Use hooks which are not damaging to the internal organs of the fish. Circle hooks or hooks that have barbs removed work best to ensure that the fish stays alive and well after you release it.
- Also always try to release the fish back into the water quickly after weighing and measuring it. Fish can’t breathe outside of water. Keeping them out of water is not only disturbing for them, it can also be fatal to the fish. Be as quick as 10 seconds to put the fish back in the water.
- Never hold the fish with dry hands, as it can remove the upper layer of their slimy skin resulting in damaging their natural protection coat. Always use a wet towel or wet hands to hold the fish.
- Don’t immediately throw the fish into the water after taking it out. Fish can become dazed by the sudden lack of oxygen when they are taken out of the water. Let them recover their senses a bit before putting them back into the water.
- Always keep your fishing gear clean. Not cleaning and maintaining your fishing gear will lead to short product life. Salt water can be damaging for the fishing gear, as it can result in rust and decay of the metals and wires.
- Always clean your fishing gear before storing it after every use. Keep the fishing reels in fresh water for some time to reduce the effects of salt water. Clean the debris and sand from the reels. Rods should also be properly cleaned after every use.
- You should also change your test lines after the indicated time. If the lines are worn out, change them or cut the worn out parts and re-knot it again.
- Always use suitable fishing lines according to the fish you are aiming to catch. Using a light weight line to catch bigger fish can damage the fishing equipment.
We at Exposed Outdoors believe in taking care of little details when it comes to fishing. Considering the smallest detail when going fishing can provide you with extreme fun and adventure on the waters.
A reason why you need to consider everything before going fishing is because it will provide a peace of mind that you are prepared for what might come. In case of any emergency, having necessary equipment can help you a great deal.
While enjoying fishing is great, taking care of environment is also very important. Our tips on sustainable fishing will help you leave a positive impact on environment when you leave from your fishing site.