4 fishing tips to try when deep sea fishing in Maine

Many experienced anglers are attracted to the thrill and excitement of deep sea fishing in Maine and it’s easy to see why. Exploring the vast depths of the ocean is something you don’t get to do every day. When you do have the opportunity to take part in this type of fishing, it very well may be the most exciting fishing trip you’ve ever had or ever will have.
Deep sea fishing involves going offshore to fish the vast depths of the ocean to reel in some of the most fascinating fish species you’ve ever seen. It’s fun, exhilarating and even a little scary at times. All of these feelings will get your heart pumping and your adrenaline flowing. It’s no wonder anglers searching for the ultimate thrill will choose to go deep sea fishing.
When you’re ready to embark on your ocean fishing adventure, you can hire a guide or charter service to take you out on the water. You have your choice between a private or public fishing trip so, choose the one that will provide you with the type of experience you truly want to have. If you choose a public charter, you’ll be going out with others just like yourself who want to get a taste of what it feels like to deep sea fish.
If you choose a private charter, you’ll get a more personal experience. When you’re searching for a more thrilling adventure, this would probably be your best option. There are a number of different species to seek out off the coast of Maine which include haddock, Pollock, cod, wolf fish, sharks, halibut and blue tuna but there are many more. You’ll want to make sure that the charter service you choose plans to target the fish you want to catch.
When you go deep sea fishing in Maine, you’ll mostly use one of three methods. These techniques have been used by fisherman for years. Each one of them has proven to be very effective in the area around Maine and they are listed here:
1. Bottom trolling with downriggers is probably the most commonly used method. Bottom trolling allows you to cover a lot of ground fast. You’ll be fishing on or near the bottom where you can get the fish stirred up and provoke them to strike.
2. Chumming is the next popular way to deep sea fish. It involves anchoring in a prime location while distributing chum into the water around the boat to draw in the fish. Then you wait for the fish to come to you.
3. Trawling is also used in the waters around Maine. It involves using a net and it’s a very simple process. The bottom end of the net has weights and wheels attracted. This end is dropped into the water and the weights hold it down on the bottom as the wheels roll along the bottom. As you move through the water the net scoops up the fish.
Whichever method you decide to use, here are 4 fishing tips to try when deep sea fishing in Maine:
1. The bait you use can make a difference and you’ll normally get the best results when using live bait or cut bait. When using live bait, your best options are herring squid, oversized shrimp, shad and shiners.
2. If you want to improve the odds of actually getting the fish that you hook onboard, learn how to tie fishing knots properly and learn when to use different types of knots. More fish have gotten away due to poorly tied knots than you can ever imagine.
3. Deep sea fishing takes a lot of preparation, patience and skill. This type of fishing is much different from any other type. You can’t just go out, throw in your line and expect to catch fish. You need to plan your strategy so you can entice the fish to strike. You need the patience to wait for them and then the skill to reel in your catch when you do get one hooked.
4. Before taking a deep sea fishing trip, learn about the equipment that you’ll be using. The gear used on these fishing expeditions is more complex than regular gear even though they appear similar. You need to understand how they work and what you need to do to use them efficiently. This will make your fishing trip more productive and keep you safer too.
Deep sea fishing is very strenuous and it will take a toll on your body wearing you out. The species found deep in the ocean are much larger and more powerful than any other fish species most anglers have ever encountered when fishing close to shore. Make sure you’re physically prepared for the journey and that you are in good enough health to take on the challenge of reeling in some of these monsters.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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