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Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

The deep sea fishing technique you use will determine the type of fish you catch. There are two types of techniques: bottom fishing and trolling. Both deep sea fishing techniques have the same end goal of catching a fish, but both go about it a bit differently.

Bottom Fishing Technique

Bottom fishing, also called legering in the United Kingdom is a fishing technique used to fish at the bottom of a body of water. It can be done by land or boat and focuses on catching ground fish. There are even special fishing rods called ‘donkas’ that are used to catch these ground fish on the bottom of the ocean. The key is to let your bait linger along the bottom of the ocean floor to entice fish to chomp down on your bait. There are four types of rigs used in bottom fishing. The first is the ‘fish finder rig’ which is the most common. The ‘porgy rig’ is another rig used to catch porgies, grunts, snapper and other medium-sized fish. There is also a rig not as commonly used called the ‘break-away rig’ and finally the ‘party boat rig’ used most often on party boats. (via Wikipedia) Using this technique along with one of these rigs you are set to catch these common fish of Florida:

Florida Fishing Technique
  • Gag Grouper
  • Scamp Grouper
  • Red Grouper
  • Warsaw Grouper
  • Snowy Grouper
  • Speckled Hind Grouper
  • Goliath Grouper
  • Vermilion Snapper
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Red Snapper
  • Lane Snapper
  • Trigger Fish
  • Amberjack
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Sharks

Trolling Technique

Trolling is a deep sea fishing technique where one or more fishing lines get pulled through the water on a moving boat or if in a static position you’ll move your fishing rod from side to side imitating the same motion as you’d get from being on a boat. When trolling for fish you’ll catch pelagic fish or fish inhabiting the upper layers of the ocean such as salmon, mackerel and kingfish. However, you are not limited to catching just these three types. Florida offers a wide range of fish for catching using this deep sea fishing technique. The following are a few of the fish you could potentially catch on your next deep sea adventure with us:

  • King Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Sailfish
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Cobia
  • Barracuda
  • Tuna
  • Permit

Offshore Technique

When it comes to the offshore fishing,it can be an energizing, fun and adventurous . Many fish, especially large ones make the reefs offshore their home, which essentially means you can have some amazing catches there, even seasonal catches You can discover awesome fish a few of miles seaward or you can wander out 50 or 60 miles to get some genuine enormous fish. Most fishermen run seaward with their own vessels; vacationers more often than not contract one of our accomplished nearby angling sanction skippers. Offshore towers, reefs, and wrecks offer phenomenal angling year round and contain some substantial fish, for example:

  • Goliath Grouper
  • Cobia
  • Snapper
  • Amberjacks
  • Dolphin
  • Sharks
  • Barracuda
  • Pelagic Fish - species that swim the open seas and assemble nearer to the surface - Billfish, Tuna
  • Base Dwellers - species that live in splits and cleft close to the base - Grouper, Snapper
  • Goad Fish – smaller species that live in huge schools that bigger fish feast upon - Pilchard, Ballyhoo

July and August are the beginning of the prime months when you are fishing for Permit, King Mackerel and Kingfish. You must require an extremely strong, angling fishing line to catch one of these extensive fish and a great deal of strength to reel them in. The coral on the reefs is the home of these fish and once they are snared they will dash back to the reef. You should reel hard to keep the fish far from the reef in light of the fact that the coral can without much of a stretch cut your line. Be cautious when you attempt to catch these fish, they have sharp spines and teeth. On that note, we at Finn-Addict Fishing Charter would like to present to you some tips when you join us in our offshore fishing adventure:

  1. Possess the Right Equipment For Fishing: You must remember that when it comes to offshore fishing, it is very different than fishing in a lake, a river, or a stream. You must also remember that you have to use different techniques as well for all fishes have different swimming patterns. Certain equipment you must have are artificial fishing lures, live baits, heavy duty fishing rods, and high quality fishing clothing. Here is a list of items you must have: - A 6 to 7-Foot medium action offshore fishing rod - Heavy or large saltwater-specific baitcaster reel with high line capacity 20-pound test monofilament - Live baits such as goggle eyes or threadfin herring - 5/0 to 7/0 sized hooks
  2. Look for Large Fish in the Right Spots: The best ways to catch great fish offshore are by using a fishfinder, a GPS and a nautical map. Many fish make their home in reefs, rocks and wreckages and these tools can help you locate them. Like we said earlier, Large fishes make their home in reefs and rocks for shelter and to protect their school.
  3. Learn How to Bait Your Fishing Rods Properly: There are many ways to bait your rods. When you do, make sure you handle your baits properly. For example, let's say you use squid as your bait. You can do this rather easily. However, if you are using a bait that's still alive, you must make sure you are ready to fish before adding the bait to your rod. Realize that by having a live bait on your fishing rod you can attract really great fish than a dead bait.
  4. Be Patient and Have Fun: This is probably the most important tip of them all. When you are offshore fishing, it must come to mind that you may not catch anything. Many great fisherman have spells where they can't catch a fish that particular fish, so you must have a great attitude. Realize that offshore fishing is difficult than fishing in lakes and ponds. Remember, you are fishing to enjoy the moment. If you don't catch anything, it's ok. Spending time surrounding by water with great people and leave great memories that will last a lifetime.

Jigging Technique

Jigging is is a deep-sea fishing technique by fishing with a jig which is a type of fishing lure. This style of fishing was orginated in Polynesia then later spread to Asia, Europe, Oceania, Canada, and the United States. A jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook molded into it and usually covered by a soft body to attract fish. This is used by creating a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinnerbaits which move through the water horizontally. When using the jigging technique, It will allow you to fish without getting tired for jigging takes a great deal of energy. If you make jigging your fishing technique, see if you can find rods with longer handles. Here are some tips when it comes to jigging:

  1. Stop Using Treble Hooks: The reason we don't want to use treble hooks because there is a high chance that you can really damage a fish. Another reason is you can have the hooks “hooked” onto you which we're sure would be an unpleasant experience.
  2. Use Assist Hooks Instead: Assist Hooks are single hooks on a short length of a super-tough braid line which are connected to the split ring on the eye of the jig. Assist hooks are also known as stinger rig hooks and are sold in packets of two. Assist Hooks are better than Treble Hooks because these hooks prevent the fish you are catching from levering the hook out of its mouth.
  3. Using a Specialist Jig Rod: With a specialist jig rod, they usually come light instead of heavy and are about 6ft to 8ft long. Make sure if you purchase a specialist jig rod that they are not soft, but firm.
  4. Using Specific Bait: When it comes to baits for jigging, you want to use sand eels, herring, sardines and mackerel. You also want to use small feather-type lures for your baits.

Choosing Finn-Addict Fishing for your off-shore & deep-sea fishing day tour is a great way to experience world-class fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Captain Chris takes care to ensure you have an entertaining time all the while offering his expertise in the fine art of deep sea fishing. Give us a call today to schedule your charter and let us take you on a memorable deep-sea fishing trip.

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