If you are interested in saltwater fishing, then it is good idea to do a bit of research about it before you start. Below are a set of tips that should help you to get going, if you are a beginner.
- Decide Which Type Of Fish First – It is a good idea to decide which type of fish you want to catch first. This is because the rods that you buy will differ depending on this. So, if you buy your rod first, you may find that it is just not suitable for the type of fish that you have decided to catch. Beginners will often choose to fish from the shore and will therefore target different fish to more experienced anglers who may choose to go deep sea fishing.
- Investigate Licenses – You will need to find out whether you need a saltwater fishing licence. It should be easy enough to find out by looking online and you will need to make sure you get a valid one and buy in advance.
- Be Aware of Tides – Although tides will determine how successful your catch is likely to be, they will also determine your safety as well. Make sure you know what the tide times are and how fast they come in and out in the area that you are planning on fishing.
- Choose the Right Rod and Reel – It is really important to make sure that you have a good spinning rod and reel combination. It can be worth starting out with a 7 foot rod with a medium weight and reel which will work for a 10-20 pound test line. You may want to adjust this later but as a beginner, it is good to follow advice and then you can make adjustments as you get more experienced.
- Use Live or Natural Baits – Although lots of people have opinions on baits and what works, a natural bait will tend to be more attractive to fish. If it is alive then they will be more likely to bite too, as they will be distracted by the movement and less likely to see the hook. Do keep bait in a pot with a lid though. If it is live, you will need to make sure that it does not escape, but you will need air holes in the top or else they will die! Even if it is not live, you may find that a passing sea bird may take a fancy to it!
- Consider Starting on a Pier – If the coast you are fishing from has a public pier then this can be a good place to start. You will have nice secure footing and will not have to worry about the tide going too far out or coming in and washing over your kit.
- Do Not Keep Catch Out of Water For Long – If you are planning on releasing the fish back into the water be very quick when handling them Get them back into the water in the time you can hold your breath for or else they will not survive. Find out as much as you can beforehand about handling them and treating them carefully so that you can confidently remove the hook and put them back into the water safely.
Once you have got a grasp of the basics, you will be ready to start experimenting. You will be able to try different baits, different techniques and locations so that you can go after all sorts of different types of fish and hopefully start catching more and more each time you go on a fishing trip.