Catch all technique

Can you lay out a good ocean fishing technique that will catch almost anything?

If you goal is action and you do not care what species of fish you catch my suggestion is to follow the plan outlined in the following paragraphs. First use a light to medium action setup. The key to this setup is the line. Fluorocarbon line has invisibility properties in saltwater that make it clearly the best choice to catch fish. Keep the line as light as possible to maximize your fishing performance. I see no reason to use line heavier than twelve pound test if your only requirement is action. Your fishing pattern is simply to use a bottom rig for live bait fishing. The rig I use consists of a rig quality swivel with a weight placed on the line above the swivel. I then tie my fluorocarbon leader to the other end of the line and use a small to medium sized hook. For bait you cannot do better than a live shrimp, preferably a large live shrimp. You can generally buy shrimp in Florida for about two dollars per dozen, large ones cost a bit extra when they are available. Hooked once through the tail, they make an excellent bait for a wide variety of species. You can catch anything from a small Snapper to a Tarpon that weighs over one hundred pounds on a shrimp. If you wish to use something different for a change of pace you can switch to pilchards, crabs, pinfish or even cut portions of freshly killed fish with excellent results as well.

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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