Deep sea fishing is, and always will be, an adrenaline pumping and adventurous experience. The greatest allure of this activity is that you can catch any kind of fish on your fishing line, even a shark. You can never really know what to expect. Anglers looking to catch big fish can only do this through deep sea fishing, due to the fact that large fish can rarely be found in shallow waters. If you're thinking of trying out deep sea fishing sometime, well then, this article is just for you. Below are five tips every angler should know before heading out into the open water.
1. KNOW THE WEATHER
Changes in weather conditions affect how fish behave, and rough weather is also the most common danger that coastal anglers face. But with some basic understanding of weather systems and a lot of experience on the water, you can learn to predict the weather as well. Before you go deep sea fishing, always remember to get weather reports from more than one source. While on the water, take note of how the weather is affecting the fish and always stay alert for a change.
2. CARING FOR THE CATCH
Whether you plan to keep a fish or release it, properly caring for your catch is a very important part of fishing. If you're going to release the fish, then it's advised you handle it with wet gloves and support its body when picking it up. To revive the fish, hold it for a few seconds under water until it kicks away. If you decide to keep the fish then put it on ice, but do not let it soak in melt water. Clean the fish as soon as possible after you return to shore.
3. USE THE CORRECT TACKLE
Always use tackle that's heavy enough to handle the fish you're planning to catch. Set the drag on your reel by pulling on the line using a hand-scale, and adjusting the tension until the scale reads one third of the breaking strength of your line. When the fish runs, let the drag do most of the work and when it stops, crank the reel fast enough to keep pressure on the line. Always be sure to hold the rod tip up and don't pump faster than you can gain line. Use a net once the fish is close to the boat.
4. USE CIRCLE HOOKS
Circle hooks are designed to hook a fish in the corner of the mouth without damaging internal organs. When a fish bites a circle hook, apply pressure on the line by steadily cranking the reel handle, pulling back on the rod until the hook lodges in the fishes jaw.
5. CLEAN YOUR FISHING GEAR
Modern saltwater fishing gear is built from corrosion resisting material and sturdy components that will last for years. However, to maximize their lifespan, you have to properly take care of them. Before the fishing season starts, take your reels to the local tackle shop for service or you can clean them yourself. Replace the rusty hooks on your lures and rigs.
When you're fishing for large fish far out into the ocean, also make sure to have the proper attire on, including non-slip shoes/boots, rain coats, life jackets, sunglasses, cut proof gloves, and a first aid kit. Wearing a hat will protect you if anyone else's hook accidentally comes flying your way, and it will also protect your scalp from the sun. Make sure to have a radio onboard in case you need to signal for help, and other electronic safety equipment that can help guide the way, like sonar and gps. Safety should be your first priority with ANY activity or sport.