While most of the times when we think about fishing we picture a lake or a pond, we can also have a blast doing this activity at the ocean. Saltwater fishing differs somewhat from freshwater fishing though. Charters are a popular business that provide fishermen with various services including boats and guides in order to fish at the sea. People can also choose to fish at the edge of a boardwalk if they want to save money.
When fishing at the ocean you can expect to find the following species:
– Cod- Sailfish- Jewfish- Flounder- Calibut- Bluefish- Bonefish- Sea Trout- Sharks- Tuna- Snook- Tarpon- Stripped bass- Etc.
Usually, in-shore fishing refers to fishing at bays. Nearshore is when you fish within 9 miles of the shore, Offshore is between 50 and 10 miles of the shore, and finally, deep sea is over 50 miles of the shore. Needless to say, the variety of fish will change depending on the distance from the shore.
Essential Tips When Fishing at the Ocean
Here are very useful tips when planning a fishing adventure at the ocean:
1. Talk to Local People
The best person to talk to in this case is the fishing store’s employee. He knows the ins and outs of the fishing practice, plus what’s going on in general at the area. He will help you pick the best bait to use depending on the season. If you are able to, you can join the angler’s club at the locality. It is a good place to learn secret tips as well as have a fun time with other people that share your same hobby.
2. Make Sure You Use the Proper Fishing Knot
It is rather frustrating to catch a big fish and then see how it swims away just because the right knot wasn’t used. Who knows maybe you could be the next world record holder so it is better to prepare beforehand to make sure the fish you catch is gripped tightly. You need a knot that will retain all of its strength when tied. The bimini twist knot is one of them. Just make sure you make at least 30 turns in order to achieve the desired results – not 12 like some people suggest.
3. Find the Right Spot
You want to be in a place where fish are abundant. You can find maps and guides in the angler’s store that will help you locate those spots and most importantly position yourself near them to increase your chances of getting a large number of fish.
4. Preserve the Environment
Barb hooks can injure fish. Also, don’t throw garbage or other materials to the ocean. A hooked wire works best in order to protect the animal’s safety. Catching and releasing is a way of preserving the environment while having fun along the way. Don’t keep the fish out of the water for more than 5-10 seconds if you are catching and releasing. Also, don’t take off the slime from the fish as these keeps them protected from external agents such as bacteria. Also be sure you have some basic home medical supplies with you, such as bandages, ointment, antiseptic spray or towelettes, in case you get a fish hook or a barb in your hand.
5. If Using Live Bait, Keep it In Good Shape
A live bait should be kept away from sunlight exposure and in the case of aquatic live baits they must be oxygenating using water bait aerators. You can also choose to change the water every 2 hours if you don’t have an aerator. Also cool water is preferable given its capacity to hold more oxygen than warm or hot water.