Sure-Fire Saltwater Fishing Tips For Ocean Anglers

By: Daniel Eggertsen

When you embark on any kind of trip or excursion, you'll need some sort of expert information in order to prepare yourself for the trials and tribulations you may experience along the way. Of all the various things you can do, leaving for a trip without saltwater fishing tips could be devastating, leaving you without any knowledge of the best techniques and locations so that your trip is fruitless. However, if you equip yourself with tips prior to setting sail out to sea, you'll have a great time and return home with an incredible catch.

Start by choosing the type of fish you wish to target. For example, let's say that you are looking for redfish. These are found readily along the Gulf Coast in the Gulf of Mexico. These beasts enjoy the shallows, so you won't need to target deep waters. In fact, before going out, you may want to find an extremely shallow bottom boat so that you can float the marshy areas close to the shore, looking for redfish lying near the surface of these waters.

Other tips refer specifically to striped bass. If you are targeting these popular saltwater fish, you may want to plan a trip to Chesapeake Bay in Virginia in the early or mid spring. They tend to gather here after a long winter further south, near Florida, to spawn and then head north as far as Maine, making the New England states another great location to fish for striped bass.

Some tips reflect mainly on technique for catching a specific type of fish. For example, consider for a moment the flounder. These flat fish like to stay close to the bottom of the sea or ocean in which they are residing and park themselves usually near underwater structures such as reefs and sunken wreckages. Flounder also prefer cooler temperatures, so you'll find that most saltwater tips for catching flounder will direct you away from warmer climates like Florida and further north where the waters stay cooler. Most tips found on flounder will also recommend mullet as bait, with mud minnows and live shrimp being the best backup.

You may find tips on the best locations to produce fish in general without targeting a specific species. For example, in the winter, when fishing is not as easy or productive, most tips will point anglers to warmer areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean south down near Florida for the best catch available. This is because many saltwater species migrate down to the warmer waters to wait out the cold prior to returning to their natural habitats for spawning in the spring.

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