Saltwater fish are a different breed to your regular lake and river fish because they live in a completely different environment to each other. Therefore the behaviour, feeding habits and general characterisms are quite varied in both the fish and in also how we go about preparing and catching them.
In today’s article we wanted to highlight some simple and effective tips on how you can better fish for the saltwater species. All it takes is a little perseverance some subtle changes and some handy tips which we are going to push your way now.
In order to prepare yourself for a truly unforgettable saltwater fishing experience you need to go back to basics, and by that I mean head back to your local tackle shop and get the inside scoop from locals who know the salt-waters well. This is where you can explain your situation to them, and employees will then offer you help and guidance in getting you the right gear and where you can head to in order to find the best fishing spots (which we will come to in our next paragraph).
If you are new to saltwater fishing then local fishing clubs are the best place to start with getting your preparations in order as they will not just help you connect with other anglers but they will help show you the ropes, and even offer you out onto one of their boats for you to get a better understanding of the differences between saltwater and river fishing.
What you will also need to adhere to is certain regulations that have been put into place. Now, each state has varying regulations on the minimum size saltwater fish you can bag, including bag limits for the most popular fish. These rules are in place to aid conservation of the fish, and it’s up to you to abide by these.
This moves us nicely onto our second tip on where you can head to in order to make your saltwater fishing excursion a successful one. What most veteran anglers will tell you is to head to the places that they will live, rather than hoping to spot them in the masses of sea. After all, a river is a much smaller place to cover than an entire breadth of ocean.
Look for structures, and to help you with this you can pick up a nautical chart of the area which details wrecks and reefs. These charts can help save you loads of time and money because you can plot the coordinates and head to the spots. Wrecks and reefs are a great habitat to spot saltwater fish; the next thing is how to catch them. DO you dive? Do you cast a line?
As we said the sea can be a confusingly large place to fish so it’s good to always try and keep records of where you had the most success, or where you spent hours waiting for nothing to bite.
Take note of weather conditions during your excursion, tide phases, wind speeds, water temperatures and moon phases. It may seem over the top but this will just help you in the long-run and save you time and money.
Remember that out on the sea you are up against many elements that can affect your fishing style, in order to help you along your way out there remember to keep the fight short by using heavier tackle.
If you plan to use the catch and release you don’t want to harm the fish so don’t keep it out of the saltwater for longer than you need to, and use wet hands when you unhook the fish because otherwise your skin could sting the saltwater fish as the natural slime protects it from infection.
If you plan to keep your catch then you will need to know the proper ways of storing it. The first thing you want to do is keep it fresh so have some ice ready in order to store the fish in, you can also drain the blood to keep the fresh as possible by cutting the fish across its major artery. Any other fresh fish such as salmon should be prepared for the table as soon as you have caught it to prevent it from going off, so if you are catching salmon you must gut it immediately and then throw it into some ice.
Fish like this can then be stored in a fridge at home for around 5 days, just keep the fish tightly packed in a vacuum sealed bag, pressing any air out.