Saltwater Fishing Tips

saltwater fishing With the right knowledge anyone can catch the big fish.

Almost everything about Saltwater Fishing is different from Freshwater Fishing. Fishing techniques, fishing baits & lures and accessories, fishing methods all will change based on what kind of water you are fishing in. To begin with, saltwater fisherman have to use significantly stronger and heavier tackle and equipment compared to what is used by a freshwater fisherman. And of course depending on what you are fishing for you will have to select your fishing accessories.

In this article we will discuss two different categories of saltwater fishing.

To begin with, the light medium category includes fishing for species like Snook, Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout. Bays and other similar estuaries are the places to fish if you want to fish for these fishes. Some inshore fish such as the Pompano can also be included in this category. Some of these fishes may contain worms in summer, so if you catch them to eat them, watch for the worms. And also make sure you find out if they are safe for consumption in the area you are going fishing.

A light to medium action rod with a spinning reel in the class of Penn 710 / 712 or 4500ss spooled with a good quality 10 pound test monofilament line works good for this category of fishing. How to find all these information about fishing gear ? Read the label of the item you are looking at when you go to buy them. Fishing gear used for saltwater fishing tends to last shorter due to the effect of the salt from the water but If you take good care of your fishing equipment they will last long. Its important to wash your fishing gear with fresh water after fishing in saltwater to get rid of the salt on them.

Begin with tying an 18 inch shock leader using 20 pound test line or fluorocarbon for terminal tackle. Fluorocarbon is significantly less visible under water so it brings better results. Use a saltwater rated barrel swivel or attach the leader tying line to the main line on the reel. A preferred choice of hook will be Eagle Claw, its better using a 6/0.

Fishes belong to the medium to heavy category are species such as Bluefish, Smaller Jacks, Spanish Mackerel. These fishes are found mostly near shore regions of the Gulf of Mexico and the Lower East Coast. Smaller Schoolie, King Mackerel can also be included in this category.

The large Spanish Mackerel and the young Kingfish have very similar look, so checking out a saltwater species book is highly recommended before heading out to catch some of these fishes. The easiest way to identify the difference of these two species is, the Spanish Mackerel will have a “black flag” on the anterior part of its dorsal fin where the Kingfish does not have this special detail except for the very young ones. The second way to tell the difference is by the lateral line that runs down the body. In a King Mackerel the line drops off sharply when in Spanish Mackerel this line drops gradually behind the pectoral fin.

Check your local fishing regulations to be on the safe side. Some states might have some items banned for saltwater. Especially be aware of the baits you use. Some live baits might be invasive species and create big problem for local waters if not used carefully.

Since the inshore bans were put in effect, many of these species have made a come back more abundantly then ever and you might find some when you fish for them. Keep in mind that some of these fish are migratory, you will have to find out which part of the season they are available for fishing.

Lastly, a very important part of handling saltwater fishing equipment is maintenance. Salt is Sodium Chloride which is corrosive for most of your fishing gear. Its very important to wash all your fishing gear with fresh water to clean up the salt they get from fishing.

Happy Fishing, enjoy !!