4 ocean sport fishing tactics

Ocean sport fishing is one of the most exciting types of fishing you’ll ever do. It’s something that everyone can take part in because it’s so many different ways to fish the ocean. You can stay on shore and do a little surf fishing, pier fishing and fly-fishing or venture on out into the ocean for some deep sea fishing if you’re feeling real adventurous.
Ocean sport fishing is a great way to get outside, relax and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The fish caught in the ocean range from the small, average size to the incredibly large species that requires special gear to catch. There are also many different species to seek out in the ocean that is fun and exciting.
Ocean sport fishing has been around for centuries and it seems as though more and more anglers take part in this sport every year. You can go fishing on the ocean all year long with excellent results. However, some species are more abundant in certain seasons than in others. Therefore, you’ll want to check to see when the species you want to catch will be the most abundant and aggressive for the best results.
Ocean Fishing Tactics
When ocean fishing, you’ll need to pick out which techniques and tactics you want to use based on the type of species you’re seeking out and where you plan to fish. You’ll use different strategies when fishing from the shore than what you would need when you go off-shore fishing. However, there are a few tactics that can be applied to almost any type of ocean sport fishing such as, the four discussed here:
1. This is an environment in which electronics can be your best friend. They can help you find the fish faster and easier. Having a fish finder is highly recommended. It could mean the difference between riding around looking for the fish and actually fishing. A good GPS system will help you navigate these waters safely.
2. The best time to go ocean fishing is in the early morning and late evening. This is usually when the fish are the most active because they tend to be more sluggish during the heat of the day. Of course, this will depend on which season you go fishing and which species you’re seeking out but you’ll find that for the majority of species, this is an excellent time to fish.
3. Your retrieval is very important when fishing in the ocean. The rough waters make it more difficult for you to reel in the fish and it makes it easier for them to work their way loose. Normally, if you work the tip of the rod in a sideway motion this will make it easier to reel in your catch and make it harder for the fish to work itself loose.
4. Some of the best bait to use when ocean sport fishing is live bait. This is what the fish feed on naturally so it makes sense that this is what will get the most action. Some of your best choices are herring, shrimp, worms and shad but you can use a variety of other small fish. Depending on the species you’re seeking out, you may find lures to be very effective as well.
When fishing, there is no piece of tackle that’s unimportant. Everything from the rod and reel combo to the fishing hooks that you use will play a part in the amount of success you have. It’s a good idea to invest in good quality gear designed to be used in this saltwater environment.
A Few Ocean Fishing Tips
Always check the weather before you plan your fishing trip and again before you leave. This is important even if you plan to stay on or near the shore. You don’t want to be on the water when a storm moves in. Make sure you have a way to communicate with the shore and keep your eyes and ears open when you go out in a boat. Just because no storms are being forecasted for the day, doesn’t mean one won’t pop up or the wind could pick up suddenly. Either one will create a rough environment that could be very dangerous.
Finding the fish you want to catch is usually the hardest part but there a few things that you can do to make it easier. Look for areas near driftwood, reefs and for birds hovering over the water because this is where the baitfish will be. Every true fisherman knows that wherever you have baitfish, the fish will be close by looking for a good meal.
If you’re going out on a boat in the ocean for the first time, take someone with you who has experience. Since this environment is so rough and unpredictable, it’s not wise to be alone until you have time to learn how to maneuver in this type of water.

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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