Just as with any other type of fishing, deep sea saltwater fishing techniques are largely dependent on what specifically you are trying to catch. However, the good news is that there are particular tips and techniques that can help you have a better chance of landing your fish of choice while you’re out on your deep sea expedition. Though there are a host of targets for deep sea fishermen, a few of the common ones are the albacore, yellowtail, white sea bass, and barracuda. Each one of these requires a specific knowledge and approach to make your deep sea expedition a success.
The albacore tuna can be found in temperate deep seas across the globe. It is distinguished from other tunas by the elongated pectoral fins. The albacore eats primarily small fish, but squid crab and shrimp play an important part as well. When you set out to go deep sea fishing, keep in mind that they are located and caught most often by trolling through an area that offers prime diet and temperature conditions for the fish.
Most often, the environment in the waters off of California and Mexico present an ideal place for the albacore. As a result, most albacore deep sea fishing success comes when they are sought after in those waters. Most deep sea sport fishing boats supply trolling rigs for albacore, but if you prefer to use your own rod, you need to make sure that it is between five and a half to six and a half feet long with a sixty to eighty pound test.
The majority of troll caught albacore are caught on feather jigs with colors depending on the condition. If you decide to use bait when fishing for albacore, the most effective kinds are anchovies or sardines. One of the key things to remember when deep sea fishing is to always be alert and prepared – from the very first cast on. It is often the first baits into the water that are bit. Also, when your boat has stopped, make sure that your line is straight out in front of you – this will prevent tangles.
Another popular target of deep sea fishermen is the yellowtail. Typically found in more tropical waters, there are a number of ways to fish yellowtail. They will take a variety of baits and lures, with squid, sardines, mackerels, and anchovies being the most preferred. One thing to keep in mind when dealing with yellowtail is that they are extremely fast.
You will most likely want to use a kind of jig fishing, which allows you to fish with much heavier line. A thirty to fifty pound test works pretty well. However, when the yellowtail are feeding on or near the surface, they sometimes will take surface iron. Squid is certainly the most effective bait of all when dealing with yellowtail. The specific type of hook and jig that will work best is most accurately determined by certain conditions – such as current, depth, and the typical size of yellowtail in the area.
http://www.reefari.com Try a Paternoster rig with just Soft plastics, I’ve been using the Berkley gulp soft plastics with great success, and these have been working well on a Paternoster Rig, this enables you to get them down into the deep water, when deep sea or reef fishing. I originally was bit of a sceptic of soft plastics but have been converted and well worth a try for reef fishing. The Berkley gulp 6″ Grubs, and Squid viscious are ideal on the hooks on Your Paternoster rig. In this video I used circle hooks and the beauty is the motion of the boat rocking is enough action for the soft plastics/lures, and they will hook themselve in the corner of the mouth. It doesn’t get easier than that. We’ve caught a good variety of reef fish on these including Red Emperor, Redthroat and Grassy Sweetlip, cod, trevally, coral trout, Nannygai and heaps more.
I also used a Nitro Elevator jighead as your weight on the bottom of your Paternoster rig, This also acts as a lure working and bouncing across the bottom, although you do have to be careful you don’t get the soft plastic snagged. Normally just take up a wind or two. I got some good fish on this trip taking it easy using the soft plastics on a Paternoster rig and is well worth a try.
Check out our easy how to tie a Paternoster rig video and just use this with the Berkley gulp soft plastics. We have also been using the Plastics with Bait, this has also been very effective, making for a larger bait with Colour and more action. The soft Plastics are quite tough and harder to get off, and they’re still catching more fish once the bait is gone.
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