Fishing in salt water, from surf fishing to deep-sea fishing, offers a variety of challenges and experiences for the beginning angler. As with most angling, the proper combination of equipment and technique is required for successful outings. Review some of the following tips and get ready to head for the coast:
Equipment: Reels, Lures, & Leaders
Your reels need to be durable and resistant to the corrosive nature of salt. Look for reels made from stainless steel, titanium, or bronze-coated steel. The lures you choose depend upon your exact locale; ask your local supply shop for recommendation and if you are a beginner, choose lures that are lighter weight. Select your leader based on the type of fish you want to catch; for example, toothy fish require thick leaders.
Technique: Casting & Reeling
Casting is important. Do not use a line out of agreement with the weight limit of your rod. This error, called overlining, leads to poor casts and, therefore, bad fishing. Once you get a bite or strike, reel the fish in keeping the rod low while moving if from side-to-side to reduce the pull of the fish.
Location: Pier, Deep Sea, Inshore, & Surf Fishing
As noted, there are different types of saltwater fishing, which vary depending on the location of the fishing. Pier fishing is great for beginners as one can practice several techniques in a fun environment, often with companions. Much more exciting and challenging, deep sea (or offshore) fishing enables anglers to fish for a wide range of fish. Inshore fishing occurs in smaller boats, usually 3-5 mile from shore. This is a popular approach for many anglers. Closer to shore, surf fishing makes use of long rods and variety of techniques to catch fish while the angler is wading in the ocean’s surf.
Salt-water fishing offers many opportunities to practice technique and explore the wilds of the ocean. Some environments are more challenging than others are, but beginners can enter the arena with some basic equipment and technique.
Source: Sport Fishing Weekly
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