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Some Critical Tips for Saltwater Fishing

By Amy / December 7, 2016
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For some, saltwater fishing is about survival. For most, however, saltwater fishing is a good hobby and sport. Not all saltwater fish hang by the coast or on the surface so if you’re hoping to catch a good netload during your day on the water, you will first need a boat with a good trolling motor battery. In order to prevent your boat’s weight from becoming too heavy and risk sinking, it is best to take only the material that you will be needing for the day.

Other Materials that You Will Probably be Needing Out There

-a Bimini twist (or the 23-times knot) for your pole. This is the only one that is currently known to withstand all conditions.

-Fresh lures. This is especially important if you want to attract a lot of fish. It is recommended that you buy only enough to last a few trips. However, watching your material load on the boat itself is what’s the most important. You can also reuse lures; just be sure that you rinse and dry them before returning them to your fishing tool box.

-Cut back your monofilament often. Because as soon as it looks worn or starts to become rough, that means that its strength is decreasing. As a result, it is important that you cut it back and re-tie it very often. That being said, gel braid lines might be better as they’re smaller in diameter, very quick to sink and have a depth capability of approximately 300 feet. Never use a wire leader if you have either of the above as an alternative as wire breaks easily. However, if you don’t, just be sure that you make a loop in it and tie it with an Albright knot.

-If you don’t see any fish initially, wait another second or two before pulling the lure up. Or you can simply wait until you feel a fish biting, see the head of a fish or you can see that the lure is disappearing into the fish’s mouth.

-Being familiar with tidal currents is especially important if you are hoping to attract a lot of fish. With channel entrances and inlets, the fish actually tend to follow the speed of the tides. However, in open waters, the fish do tend to follow the height of the tides. Also tidal currents in the former area tend to be about an hour’s time behind the actual tide. Other places were the most fish tend to be found are at the mouth of creeks and where the mouth of a large river tends to meet the creek.

-If you are fishing in murky waters, try using a large and noisy lure in order to make it easier for the fish to locate. Smaller ones are usually better on calm days.

-Always lubricate your new reels. This is to ensure that they haven’t sustained any “spots” from the manufacturer. If you fish for sport, be sure to lube it again at the end of the season, or every six months if you fish throughout the year-or to survive.

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