Saltwater Fishing Tips, Tricks & Techniques
If you’re going to set out to sea, you need to learn a couple of things to do your fishing optimally.
In this guide, we’ll tell you all you need to know about hooks, lures, techniques, lines, and saltwater spinning reels.
Tips on How to Fish in Saltwater
Know Your Environment
The first thing you should be aware of is the difference between freshwater and saltwater fishing.
If you’re fishing in saltwater, your reel, line guides, and any metallic hardware attached to the rod are all prone to corrosion and rust that greatly reduces the efficiency of your equipment.
Don’t stress too much about this though. You can easily extend the longevity of your fishing equipment by washing it down with fresh water every time you’re back from a saltwater fishing trip.
Finishing up by spraying the reel with silicon-based lubricants like WD-40 also helps extend its durability.
Although saltwater spinning reels usually have a sturdier build than ones designated for freshwater fishing, you still should do your part in keeping it functional.
Keep Your Hook and Bait in Proportion
Always make sure your hook size is close to the size of the bait you plan to use.
If it’s too big, it’ll look out of place and deter the fish away.
If it’s too small, a fish could miss the hook during a strike and run away with the bait.
Generally, the best hooks you can use in saltwater are the J hook, the live bait hook, and the circle hook.
J hooks are best for fishing with strip bait or chunk bait and enable you to apply multiple hooks to the bait to secure it.
On the other hand, live bait hooks allow your bait to swim freely to give off a natural air that induces a lot of strikes from hungry fish.
And finally, circle hooks are best for hooking in the corner of your catch instead of going to deep into its gullet. This is very beneficial when it comes to releasing the fish without inflicting any damage on it.
A Weak Knot is Not a Reliable Knot
Learning to tie strong knots is crucial when it comes to keeping your main line connected to your hook or lure, and consequently crucial to catching big saltwater fish.
You can use the double Palomar for its ease of tying and reliability. The uni knot is another good choice as it’s firm, easy to tie, and versatile. The Bimini twist is great because it maintains all of its strength when ties.
Use The Tides To Your Favor
It’s always a wise choice to arrive at your fishing spot around an hour before the scheduled peak of the high tide and continue fishing for around half an hour from then on.
Test The Drag
After threading your line through the guides, pull it off gradually while holding the rod at about 45 degrees.
If the tip of the rod moves up and done as you pull the line against the drag, you should have it checked at the tackle shop.
Test The Guides for Cracks
Detecting cracked guides is a bit of a tough job as you can only tell if the rod is under load.
Pull a piece of cotton wool or stocking through the guides to check for any cracks and send your rod to the tackle shop if you do find any so that you avoid any damage to your lines.
Make Use of The locals’ Knowledge
The local tackle fish would probably have info regarding the area you plan to fish in. They’ll provide you with the best strategies and the best baits to use at the time of the year.
Explore Sunken Objects
You should get yourself informed on the places and structures your fish like to hang out around.
You can find a lot of information on the internet that guides you to both natural and artificial structures in the area you’re fishing in.
Find The Right Boat
A boat is a pretty important factor when it comes to saltwater fishing. Depending on the number of people that are going to be on the trip, you can be in a simple rowboat or in a yacht.
Make sure you’re on a sturdy boat that won’t be too affected by strong waves, some rocks, or bumps on the beach sand.