Saltwater Fishing: Most Popular Articles
There is a best bait for redfish, but it depends on theh season of the year as to just what that best bait for redfish is.
Flounder fishing tips, baits and rigs that work for catching flounder - Flounder methods and fishing tips
Knowing which fishing knot to use can make using braided line easy. Otherwise, your fishing knots will come apart.
Sometimes the best bait for spotted seatrout will be different in different areas. Here are some favorite best baits for spotted seatrout.
But there are those shore bound souls who have chosen another lot in life. They choose not to be left out of the fishing scene, and as such they have developed a style and following all their own. These are the pier fishermen and women. Some are affectionately referred to as
Whether red, gag, black, yellowfin, or Warsaw, a good grouper in the ice chest means a successful day for lots of folks.
Dolphin ( mahi mahi or dorado)fishing is a favorite summer time fishing expedition. Many people find dolphin fishing the easiest fishing of all. Here is how.
Fish Hook choice depends on several factors. Obviously, the smaller the fish, the smaller the fish hook required. What most anglers miss is, that line size, fish species, type of bait, and fishing structure play a major role in fish hook selection.
catching redfish means using a bait of some kind. Is there a prefect redfish bait? It depends on several factors,and the perfect bait can change as some variables change.
Here is a profile on redfish - also known as red drum.
Here are the three sinkers I use in my fishing. They fit every situation I am in. Here is how I use them and how I tie them on. Fishing weights and sinkers help catch fish if they are used properly.
Here are some basic fishing rod facts that you need to know before you head out or go online to purchase one.
Here are the fishing knots I use on a regular basis. Whether braided, monofilament or Fluorocarbon line, I have a fishing knot that will work.
How to Catch Redfish - Techniques and baits for redfish.
On the Atlantic east coast of the US and all along the Gulf coast, saltwater catfish thrive. If you have ever been finned by one you know the extreme pain. I found a way to reduce and relieve the pain almost instantly.
The easiest outfit for newcomers to the angling world to use is usually a spin-cast or spinning rod and reel. Learning to operate and cast with one of these outfits is relatively painless, and certainly free of backlashes and tangles. These are the ones that most anglers use as they begin to learn how to fish.
Grouper and the entire grouper family have become probably the most popular saltwater food fish in the United States. While there are Pacific varieties, the largest fishery is in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast. Grouper are a bottom fishing charter boat captain’s big ticket item. Most catches are over ten pounds with some well over 100 pounds. Following is information and some stories about grouper fishing that can help you become a better angler.
Heavy spinning reels are used in a variety of fishing situations, from surf fishing to trolling blue water. They are made tough and will stand up to a reasonable amount of abuse.
I receive a lot of email asking me for advice on which rod or which reel to buy. It seems that people are somewhat convinced that there is a perfect rod or perfect reel, and that someone out there knows the brand.
There are quite a number of fishermen and women who either by choice or by circumstance do not fish from a boat. Let's deal with surf fishing and all that goes with this unique form of angling.
Here is some basic information on fishing for these prolific, blue water acrobats, including time of year, feeding habits, and tackle to use.
Salmon Mooching on the west coast is what east coast anglers call drift fishing. With some subtle but important differences, mooching is just that – drift fishing. Salmon fishermen up and down the Pacific coast are as avid as any land-locked bass angler, perhaps even more. They take their salmon fishing or salmon mooching seriously, and when the season opens, the lives of whole cities of people along the coast turn to the fish and the fishing.
Trolling, whether near shore or offshore, is often the most productive method for catching a variety of saltwater gamefish. From blue water pelagics to close-in bottom fish, trolling is often the key to a good catch. Yet, many anglers don’t use this method either because they have had little success in the past, or because they simply never learned the basic techniques.
Owning a boat, maybe for the first time, and deciding to head offshore, maybe for the first time, a number of readers ask about getting into dolphin fishing. That’s dolphin fish, mahi mahi, not dolphin porpoise! I have answered some specifics, but now it is time to lay out some basics on fishing for these prolific, blue water acrobats. Page 2.
Many people ask just how to clean these flat fish. Here is a step by step method with pictures to help you clean your flounder.
Being in the right place at the right time is perhaps the most important part of a successful fishing foray. If you aren't where the fish are, you can be assured you will not be catching anything. Water level, water movement, and movement direction - in other words tide - all play a vital role in where the fish will be located.
Of all the reels made, the spinning reel is by far the most popular. Easy to use and virtually backlash free, these reels come in all price ranges. Prices vary, determined generally by the number of ball bearings contained in the reel. Choose a spinning reel according to what kind of fishing you plan to do.
Here is what it takes to obtain a Coast Guard captains license. Page 2.
What kind and size of fishing leader line you use can make a difference on how many fish you catch.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques. Page 2.
How to Repair a Broken Fishing Rod. We have all had it happen. The fishing rod breaks while fighting a fish. Or, the door closes on a rod; or someone steps on a rod. Your favorite rod lies there in two pieces, and your first thoughts are that it is gone.
Long-Distance Surf Casting Techniques and Surf Casting
Here are some mangrove snapper fishing tips. Mangrove snapper are found from New England down throughout the Caribbean to South America. They are a favorite among anglers for their fighting ability and for their excellent meat. They can be found from inshore estuaries to deep water reefs, and fishing for them will vary accordingly.
A favorite bait for most all Atlantic Coast fishermen is the menhaden shad, also known as the pogey. Here are some tips on how to fish with them.
A simple how to on keeping your catch fresh, from your About.com guide
There are two locations to find king mackerel or kingfish in the summer months. That's over offshore reefs or close to the beach. Her is how we fish for kingfish.
Amberjack are called the charter captain's best friend. That's because they can always be depended on to provide a fight for paying charter boat customers.
Light tackle spinning reels are reels that are ideal for inshore angling. Line capacity and strength in the 8 to 15 pound test range make them good for a variety of fish.
When the live bait begins migrating, the predator fish - like tarpon - follow them. That's the best time to catch a nice tarpon, and here is how I catch tarpon in the mullet run.
Fishing a dock or a pier can be tricky, but it is easy if you follow these simple tips.
Catching yellowtail snapper is fun and easy if you know a few tricks. Here is how I catch yellowtail snapper on the Florida Keys.
Learn a little more about the tides and fish habits relative to the tides, and you may just start catching more fish.
Finding and catching redfish is a task that lots of anglers pursue. Once you find them, you can catch them if you know how to fish for them!
Many time fish are brought aboard with the hook buried in their stomach or gills. Ive watched people rip the hook out of these fish, insuring that that will not survive. Ive seen people keep fish they ordinarily would have released had the fish not been hooked so deep. Conservation of the resource dictates we find a way to release as many of these fish in as healthy a state as possible.
Trolling, whether near shore or offshore, is often the most productive method for catching a variety of saltwater gamefish. From blue water pelagics to close-in bottom fish, trolling is often the key to a good catch. Yet, many anglers don’t use this method either because they have had little success in the past, or because they simply never learned the basic techniques. Page 2.
You can locate redfish by following some simple steps and by keeping a fishing log of where you found them in the past! Knowing where redfish “should be” is always the best way to find redfish
Fall is time for gag and red grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Savvy anglers catch limits every day.
You can catch mangrove snapper if you will follow this simple method, and the only thing extra you need is a good Coast Guard chart of the keys.
Here is what a beginner can do to start learning how to fish
Night fishing can be very easy and a lot of fun, or it can be a perfectly miserable experience. The difference comes in how you prepare for the trip. I have fished more times at night than I can count, and I learned quite a few tricks to make it easy and successful.
Saltwater catfish are found from Texas to Virginia and even farther north on almost any kind of inland water, even in offshore water in depths up to about thirty feet. They are exactly like their freshwater cousins. In fact, if they are lying side by side, it is virtually impossible to distinguish one from the other.
How many times do you fish with a rod and reel that has only a small amount of line on the reel? Better yet, how old is that line?
But the importance is not so much whether to use one or not (we almost always need one), rather it is what kind of leader to use. Three basic choices are monofilament, fluorocarbon, or steel, or some combination or derivative of these three.
Hook Setting instruction - Learning to Set the Hook - Saltwater Fishing - How anglers are learning to set the hook
How you handle your catch once it is in the boat is important if you want to have a great meal.
In this piece we are looking at another method available to the boatless, albeit a little more expensive. I'm talking about charter boat fishing, and more specifically, head boat fishing. Available at most any coastal location, these head boats (some call them party boats) take anywhere from 10 to as many as 100 fishermen on a bottom or drift fishing trip lasting from a half day to as many as four days. Trips like these range from $30 to as much as $200 per person depending on the trip.
One of the biggest decisions you will make as you head out fishing is choosing which bait you will use. The whole idea behind bait is to attract a fish and entice him to eat that bait. So, making the right bait choice can often mean the difference between success and failure on the water.
A simple how to on keeping bait shrimp alive without water, from your About.com guide
In most states, gigging is a legal method for taking flounder or fluke. Usually done at night, it is more for the adventurous angler, but any of you can go gigging and and come home with some great table fare!
A braggin Board to post all those fishing pictures you want everyone to see!
Here are three ways to hook a live shrimp to a jig head for inshore saltwater fishing
a simple how to on rigging a ballyhoo, fromyour about.com guide
Bait casting rods are perfect for top water plug action with comparatively heavy line. Their shorter length and heavier backbone allow wrist action to make a plug walk. The better bait casting rods will have a fast taper and comfortable hand grip.
I have received a number of questions recently about offshore fishing in small boats. My first reaction to the questions was “don’t do it!” But then I had to stop and think about just what a small boat is and what it is not.
Here is what I do on a typical summer fishing trip looking for flounder
Braided line versus monofilament line. What are the differences?
When is the right time and what is the right way to gaff a fish?
There are three or four basic types of swivels, all of them designed for the specific purpose of preventing line twist. When a bait twirls in the water or a hooked fish spins, the swivel is there to turn (swivel) and allow the terminal tackle freedom to spin while keeping your line from twisting.
Seatrout are members of the drum family – a distant relative to a redfish. There are several close varieties, including spotted seatrout, yellow mouth, sand, silver, and several varieties of weakfish. They all use their air bladder to “drum”, making grunting noises that scientists believe relate to schooling and spawning behavior.
Bluefish – a fish that stirs emotion of some type. Some people love them and actually head out to find and catch them. Some people loathe them and will actually pull their lines in to avoid them. And the trend I see is that the farther north you go along the Atlantic coast, the more people tend to love them. Down south, more people tend to loathe them. It’s just my observation, but I do believe there is some truth in there somewhere.
Fishing in shallow water generally means fishing on a flat. Whether a grass flat or a mud flat, larger fish feed in this shallow water. Here are some basics for fishing on a flat.
Catching Bait, Buying Bait, What Kind of Bait to Use, Fishing
Fishing the patch reefs along the south Florida coast and the Florida Keys, means bottom fishing with knocker rigs.
Hardhead is the name used for saltwater catfish from Texas to the Florida panhandle. Most of us consider them to be a real pain to deal with. And that pain is meant to be both the aggravation of catching them and real pain you feel if one ever fins you.
Ultralights are usually reels that handle six pound test line or less. Some reels are actually designed for 2 pound test line. Prices vary for these little guys, as does quality and saltwater resistance.
Artificial lures for seatrout. I am quizzed quite a bit about how I use artificials to catch trout. While live bait will almost always catch fish, I can usually catch as many fish on artificials as I do on say, live shrimp. And, at the price of live shrimp lately, artificials are far more economical. For around $12.00 I can get enough live shrimp to fish for a day. For much less than that I can buy a lure that I can use over and over. Page 2.
Launching your boat can be as easy as 1-2-3 or it can be a difficult and embarrassing event. Here are some tips to help you – and the other boaters around you – have a happier day.
a simple how to on removing twist from your line, fromyour about.com guide
Redfish are so finicky that your bait has to be very close to them for them to bite. They won't go out of their way to find your bait in a current.
Jetties can be found at almost nay inlet up and down both coasts of the United States. Learning how to fish them, and how to fish them safely can be a big plus to you take home catch! Here are a number of articles I have written over the years dealing with fishing some of those jetties. I hope they help you catch more fish!
Anchoring and fishing along the edge of a channel, whether man-made or natural, can be an awesome way to find and catch fish.
Here's what I do when the water is clear and the fish are reluctant to bite. Here is how to catch wary sheepshead.
Here is step by step pictoral that shows you the basics of cleaning a redfish.
Up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, huge red drum (redfish) can be caught in the fall by just about anyone willing to soak a bait on the bottom and wait. These bruisers congregate in the channels in the fall months, and light tackle is definitely NOT the way to go to catch one.
Dog days mean hot, sultry afternoons that more often than not end up with rain. They also mean that shrimp are on the run, and recreational shrimping can help cool off those hot days.
Considering a saltwater fishing adventure in Alaska? Here are a few tips and suggestions that you might want to consider.
Northeast Florida Redfish Hotspots - 3. Page 3.
Catch redfish all year long on the Georgia coast. Lots of angler do, but lots also miss out on a great fishery.
The California corbina is considered to be the king of the surf zone by many Pacific anglers. They require stealth and skill to catch ...and are absolutely delectable!
The Penn Slammer 460 is one of Penn's top spinning reels with six ball bearings and an all metal housing.
Boat anchor tips fro positioning your boat over a fishing hole. Use these boat anchor tips to get it right the first time
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It would appear that a flounder, lying on the bottom waiting for food, would not be a very aggressive fish, one wiling to reach out and grab a lure. I spend most of my time looking for flounder with live bait, but I was surprised at their aggressiveness when presented with an artificial bait like a grub.
Everyone has one or more favorite lures in their tackle box. I have three that I won't leave the dock without. When I am fishing with artificial lures, these three are the ones I use all the time.
When it comes to catching big yellowtail, amberjack and tuna offshore, one of the most popular lures for casting and jigging is 'the iron'. Learn how to use this highly specialized artificial here!
From Cape Hatteras, NC, to as far south as Brazil, the vermillion snapper is a reef staple for both commercial and recreational anglers. Known in areas of the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico states as beeliners, these fish are a charter captains best friend. When other fish dont cooperate, beeliners fill the fish box.
Freeing a Hung Anchor Saltwater Fishing marine weather Few anglers realize that they need as much anchor line (rode) as they do to be safe.
Hurricane season and winter storms both bring to light several questions that are asked every year when storms plow through the Gulf of Mexico and up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Do these storms affect the fishing?
So it was that we devised a way to catch our own bait this particular day. We actually drew up plans and constructed a method that we had both heard about but never attempted. We were going to catch our weight in fiddler crabs! Yes, those little sideways running dudes that roam the sandy flats at low tide were prime bait at this time of year. The sheepshead bite was on and fiddlers were like a steak dinner to them.
Up and down the east coast, as tournaments occur literally every weekend, kingfish anglers all have their favorite baits. Were talking natural baits here not artificials. Lures, plugs and chuggers will work from time to time, but by far the preferred baits are live.
When and How to Set a Hook on a Fish. Page 2.
As I watch a lot of people who fish on my boat, it becomes evident that the actual process of reeling a fish in – that is “fighting” a fish – is new to most of them. The tendency is for them to simply start winding the reel handle regardless of what the fish is doing. Lots of reels end up with line so twisted it almost has to be replaced.
Cleaning your tackle after every trip can mean that your tackle will last for years. Saltwater can do serious damage to tackle if that tackle is not cleaned.
Catching spotted seatrout on pinfish in Florida Bay was fun. Catching the pinfish for bait was almost as much fun as catching the trout!
The drop shot rig is a relatively recent innovation in the freshwater fishing realm that is now making its way to saltwater. Named for the way the rig goes straight to the bottom, it is similar to a fish-finder or chicken rig currently used by many bottom-fishing anglers. The difference is in the placement of the hook.
Dock fishing is a specialized form of structure fishing where you place your bait under the dock where the fish are located.
Mutton snapper are found from New England down throughout the Caribbean to South America. They are, however much more concentrated in the Bahamas and the South Florida area. They can be found from inshore estuaries to deep water reefs, and fishing for them will vary accordingly. Here are some mutton snapper fishing tips
Now is the time to begin seeing the flounder as they move inland from their winter offshore homes. Miles of intracoastal waterways, tidal creek shorelines and flats can be found from the Northeast coast , down around Florida, all the way to Texas. Flounder can be taken with a gig and a light using this method in all of these areas, but check your local laws and regulations before starting out.
Fishing the right tide can mean that you wait for the tide to get to the proper stage before the fish will bite. Here's how we waited for teh tide on several trips.
The boat launch or boat ramp on a nice weekend can be a real hassle not only for you but for the other boaters waiting to launch their boats. Just a small amount of advanced preparation and planning can make the whole process painless and quick.
Many people have issues with their fishing line breaking for no apparent reason. Here is how and why braided fishing line sometimes breaks for no apparent reason.
Bottom fishing, whether inshore or in deep offshore waters, necessarily means making a choice on the terminal tackle you plan to use. Many anglers catch fewer fish as a result of a poor choice or no choice at all.
Fall Fishing at Horseshoe Beach is on fire. This is the best time of year to be fishing at Horseshoe Beach, Florida
The California Yellowtail is one of the hardest fighting gamefish on the Pacific Coast. Here are some of the best ways to find and catch them!
There are many anglers who claim to never have seen a tailing redfish. I think it turns out that these anglers may have actually seen some, but just didn’t know what they were seeing at the time. They can generally be found in a low water condition, either on an outgoing or an incoming tide, moving along the edge of oyster or bars. The crabs and other crustaceans that inhabit these areas are a favorite food source.
Chumming for fish will increase your catch. Try some chum next time you go. Put a chum bag over and see the results.
Fishing over a natural reef or underwater rock pile takes some coordination and knowledge. It's not just a matter of dropping a bait down. Use these tips to help you catch more fish.
The huge, colorfully hued opah, also known as the Pacific moonfish, was once only taken incidentally on commercial long lines. Learn more about this exotic oval shaped fish, which is now showing up more often in the catches of recreational saltwater anglers.
Saltwater spinning reels are rapidly gaining popularity with even the most seasoned anglers. New models are stronger, smoother and capable of handling larger fish than ever before. Here are a few of the latest to receive a top rating.
Trailers are often the forgotten piece of fishing gear that can ruin your day if you ignore them. So which is better - a float-on or a winch-on.
Mangroves are found all over the world in subtropical and tropical waters: the southern half of Florida, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean. And fishing these mangroves with jigs can provide some of the most productive fishing to be found.
Pouring lead jig heads for fishing is fun and it can save you money. Here are the steps I take when I am making jig heads
Someone once said that the two happiest days of a man's life are (1) when he buys a boat, and (2) when he sells that boat. Buying a fishing boat. Page 2.
Spring is the time for the fish to begin showing up in the surf. Schools of baitfish make their way north up the Atlantic coast, and predator fish follow right behind. Its sort of like a moving cafeteria to these predators food on the hoof so to speak. Menhaden and mullet, the two big Ms of the baitfish world, are followed by a variety of fish. Cobia and tarpon are arguably the most sought after. Redfish are mostly ignored during this time of year.
Flood tides mean experiencing some fishing methods that are only available once or twice a year. Areas that previously were inaccessible by fishermen seeking redfish are suddenly, albeit temporarily fishable.
Someone once said that the two happiest days of a man's life are (1) when he buys a boat, and (2) when he sells that boat. Buying a fishing boat.
The redfish or red drum has become one of the most sought after fish on the Gulf and Atlantic shores. Primarily an inshore fish, it became popular as a food fish after being offered as blackened redfish in New Orleans restaurants. It became popular as a game fish as more former bass tournament anglers got turned on to inshore saltwater fishing. It now is the target of numerous professional redfish tournaments. Here are some articles and information on catching these beautiful spot tail bass.
Fighting a fish is a task that can be learned. Many anglers do not know how to fight a fish. After you hook that fish, how do you get him to the boat?
Similar to hunting for game, fishing for tripletail in the late summer is a matter of getting to where they live. If you can get to the places they frequent, you are likely to find one or more, and late summer is the time for some big ones along the southeast US coast.
March and April are two of the best months to find fish in northeast Florida. Captain Kirk Waltz tells us where and how to catch fish these months.
With the possible exception of sheepshead, setting the hook on a fish is at once both the easiest and the most misunderstood action that anglers can take. I watch anglers all the time, and I find that different anglers have different techniques even when fishing for the same fish.
Anglers the world over have always struggled with that question. I know times when the fish were visible, lots of them, and they would not so much as nibble at even a live bait presented to them. What reason is there for a fish not to bite?
As a catch and release fisherman I am always concerned about the welfare of the fish I release. So it is with a great deal of interest that I fished this last trip using circle hooks. These hooks have been around for a long time, but only recently have they been used to rescue and improve catch and release survival.
Gag grouper are the most common grouper up and down the east coast of the US. Here is a profile on gag grouper
You can catch more fish on smaller line if you know how to do it!
I took the opportunity in late March to do some fish finding in South Georgia. From the St Marys River on the border with Florida, north to the Satilla River, there are fish just waiting to be caught there. We caught redfish and seatrou all day long. The trout were schooling on oyster bars.
Knowing when and how to chum can bring more fish to your boat and consequently more fish in your cooler! Captain Don Anderson gives us some west coast chumming tips in his article. Page 3.
Which fish is the smartest fish you have ever caught? Or - do you even think that fish can be smart? The debates rages!
Once you fight your fish up to your boat or pier, how do you get him out of the water. This is where many fish are lost. Here's how to land a fish.
Here are four seatrout lures that I like to use. All of them catch fish at various times
Knowing the sizing and naming conventions of the major categories of hooks can help make your selection an easier task. Yes, Virginia, the type of hook you select does make a difference, and hook selection depends on the species of fish being sought. . Page 2.
Learn how to fish a deep water ledge. These tips can help you anchor, drift or troll properly over this deep water structure.
Hook, line and sinker is a good description. But what does it actually mean? Here are some basics about the terminal tackle - all that stuff on the end of your line - that you are fishing with.
Over the years I have caught many fish from water deeper than about ninety feet that come to the surface with their stomach protruding from their mouth like a big balloon. Not doing my research, I though it was an air bladder, and while I knew it had to be vented, I never really studied the best way to accomplish the task.
Sometimes when the wind is blowing, I stay home and forget about fishing. Today I decided to go anyway. The 15 knot north winds would mean a chill and because they were the result of a cold front, the high pressure would probably give the fish lock jaw, but I went anyway.
Water temperature plays such an important part in fishing that every angler needs to pay attention and react to even subtle variances. Fish are no different than a lot of animals when it comes to heat and cold. They want to stay comfortable.
The water is cold and the wind has a definite chill. Snow-capped peaks and a dormant volcano surround the bay as we head out into the Pacific from Sitka, Alaska. Salmon fishing, Alaska style, is on tap for the day as Captain Dan points the Lightning Blue charter boat into the cool wind.
The Southeastern United States provide the best grouper fishing in the world, and they can be taken by any number of means. From gag grouper in at little as ten to twelve feet of water to the mighty warsaw grouper in several hundred feet of water , all grouper tend to like the same types of baits and presentations whether they are presented on the bottom or by trolling. Just remember, big bait, big fish, small bait, small fish.
With everything we do concerning catch and release, perhaps the most controversial is releasing fish caught from deep water. Most fish coming up on a hook from depths of more than about 80 feet will have an expanded or burst air bladders (swim bladders).
Surf fishing tips from Texas sent in by an About.com reader. Here are his surf fishing tips from Texas