Deep sea fishing basics


Deep sea fishing is a bit different as it means fishing at depths of at least 100 feet. This allows you to catch types of fish that are usually unavailable in shallow waters, such as marlin, tuna, dolphin or swordfish, just to name a few.

If you’ve decided to give deep sea fishing a try, then there are some things you should keep in mind in order to be properly prepared for your trip and make the experience worthwhile.

Chartering a boat

If this is a first for you, then it’s probably a good idea to charter a boat and hire a fishing guide to help you out. Even if you’ve done this before, a new fishing location can always bring new challenges, so having a local guide is still the recommended approach.

If you already have a boat, make sure that all the permits and paperwork are taken care of before going out in the water. In terms of equipment, if you are renting a boat, everything you need will most probably be already available. In case you need more or have to rent equipment, check out your local fishing store.


Where to find the fish

Reefs in particular are good locations well-known for their rich marine life which includes vast numbers of fish that swim there. If you have no preference in terms of what you want to catch, then reefs are a good choice.

However, there are multiple elements which can influence the availability of fish, such as the weather and the area or exact location. Because of this, having a local guide who knows all the tips and tricks can be of real help in order to have a great fishing day.


Baits and methods

Both live and artificial bait work equally well, but the bait depends on the type of fish you’re after, so don’t try to use a night crawler like you do when fishing for trout. The most widely used ones are mackerels, minnows, shrimp and squid. These can be used live or cut up if you are trying to attract predatory fish like sharks.

As for the method, there are different ones you can use. Trolling involves dragging your line down the ocean floor and it’s usually used for groupers or smaller fish. In chumming, you place baited lines in the water and hurl chunks of bait there to lure bigger fish.

Remember to keep the lines as straight as possible while the boat is turning. Also, if you’re fishing in the same area for a longer period of time, change the bait every now and then so the fish don’t get tired of it and it’s always fresh. Last but not least, enjoy a great fishing trip.