Five Saltwater Fishing Tactics that Anybody can use

Saltwater fishing is an exciting sport that anyone can enjoy. Being out on the beach or in the ocean is a feeling that you can’t get anywhere else. The scenery is always beautiful and the atmosphere is relaxing. You don’t need a lot of experience to go saltwater fishing especially if you fish from the shore but if you venture out in a boat, you do need to be with someone who does have experience.

The seas can be a dangerous place if you don’t know how to maneuver in rough conditions especially when the wind picks up and the water gets rough. Saltwater fishing has a few advantages over freshwater fishing. For example, most of the year, the temperature is mild all along the beaches. When it does get cold, it won’t be as cold as it gets inland with the exception of the northern regions. The temperatures in these areas can get very cold during the winter.

Saltwater Fishing Tactics and Techniques

You can use several different tactics to catch saltwater fish. The one you choose will depend on which species you’re seeking out and the type of gear you have access to. Some tactics work better when used from a boat and others work great from the shore but there are some that you can use no matter where you fish.

Here are five fishing tactics that anybody can use when saltwater fishing:

1. Use the tide to your advantage. Inside the tide is a rip current. It will carry your bait out further into the ocean where the bigger fish are waiting for a tasty meal. Use bloodworms when using this fishing tactic.
2. Cast above the strike zone. Cast your bait above where you want to fish and let the current drift the bait through the middle of the strike zone naturally. The current will bounce the bait along the bottom enticing a strike.
3. Try different locations. If you’re not getting results in a certain area then you need to move on to a new one. The average time to fish an area with no bites is between 20 to 30 minutes. However, you don’t have to go a long distance when you move. Many times, you can move over a couple of feet from your original location and begin getting bites.
4. Go fishing in the off-season. This can be very rewarding because you won’t have to deal with lots of tourist that can hinder the fishing experience but it’s still mild and enjoyable fishing weather. Things are quiet and relaxing this time of year and you can find your spot on the beach or in a cove where you can relax and enjoy reeling in a nice catch.
5. Reel them in carefully. When you hook a fish in the ocean, move the tip of your rod back and forth in a sideways motion. This will help you work the fish in with less straining on you and your gear.

Using these tactics can help to make your saltwater fishing trips more productive. It’s recommended that you avoid fishing during the hottest part of the day because most species will not be as responsive during this time.

Fishing in the early morning, late evening, during the night and on cloudy days will offer the best results. It’s a good idea to try different techniques to enhance your fishing experience even more.

Here are five techniques that anyone can use to catch saltwater fish:

1. Drift fishing
2. Casting
3. Surf Fishing
4. Pier Fishing
5. Fly-fishing

Anyone from the beginner to the professional can use these techniques to saltwater fish. Fly-fishing is probably the hardest method to use but with a little practice, you’ll be reeling in those fish in no time.

Saltwater Fishing Tips

Live bait will entice a strike form most saltwater fish but you can also be productive when using artificial lures. It depends on which species you’re fishing and what size fish you’re trying to catch. Make sure you match the size bait to the size fish for the best results. You won’t catch a small fish on large bait and most large species won’t bother with small bait.

If you’re hoping to reel in a large saltwater fish but don’t have access to a boat, don’t worry. You don’t have to go out on a boat because many large species can be found along the coastline. Fish ledges, deep holes and around structures and you’ll have a good chance catching one of these larger species. Make sure your fishing gear is suited for the salt air and water environment so it won’t corrode and ruin quickly. Freshwater fishing gear won’t hold up very long under these conditions.

The main thing that you should always put first is your safety. The ocean can be a dangerous place when storms pop up even if you stay close to shore. Keep an eye on the weather and stay alert to ensure you can return another day for more great saltwater fishing.

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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